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April 8, 2013

Hartwick upsets Michigan for water polo title

Staff Report

Hartwick College’s 20th-ranked squad wrapped up the College Water Polo Association’s Western Division regular-season title with a 10-6 victory over No. 15 Michigan on Saturday, then completed a 3-1 run in the Brown Invitational with a 14-8 defeat of Cal-Bakersfield on Sunday.

The Hawks lost, 10-7, to third-ranked Arizona State in their second game Saturday.

Saturday marked Hartwick’s first victory over the Wolverines since 2009, and the four-goal margin was its largest against Michigan.

Sami Capparelli scored five goals and Sasha Freeborn had two.

Capparelli’s man-up goal with 6 minutes, 42 seconds left gave Hartwick a 7-5 lead. Freeborn followed with a 5-meter kick-out goal to make it a three-goal spread, and Hartwick scored the next two goals to seal it.

Against Arizona State - a team that beat Hartwick, 12-3, earlier in the season - Capparelli scored three goals and Katie Ermakova contributed two.

Capparelli scored on a 5-meter kickout early in the fourth quarter to make it 8-5, but the Sun Devils answered with consecutive goals to take a 10-5 lead with 4:13 left.

On Sunday, Jemma Dendy Young and Kamila Zakirova had three goals apiece, and Allison Kosich, Ermakova and Capparelli each scored twice.

Dendy Young’s goal with 5:49 left in the third quarter extended Hartwick’s lead to 8-4. The Hawks’ lead never dipped below three thereafter.

Hartwick will compete in the Western Division Championships this weekend at Geneva, Ohio. Hartwick is seeded first and will open against No. 5 Notre Dame College.


Hartwick 12, Elmira 8

Harry Hughes had five goals and two assists in becoming Hartwick’s all-time leading goal scorer during the Hawks’ Empire 8 Conference road victory Saturday.

Hughes’ 176th goal gave the Hawks a 9-4 lead in the third quarter. That moved Hughes past Ian Ritcey (1992-95) as Hartwick’s No. 1 goal scorer.

“The 18-year scoring record that Harry broke today was most deserved,” Hartwick coach Bill Bjorness said in a media release sent by the school. “Harry’s work ethic both on and off the field has been a tremendous asset to our lacrosse program at Hartwick.”

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