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April 26, 2014

Hartwick water polo rallies to reach semis

Staff Report

Hartwick College scored five of the final six goals and beat host Bucknell, 12-7, in a Collegiate Water Polo Association women’s quarterfinal Friday.

Sami Capparelli and Jemma Dendy Young scored four goals apiece to lead the Hawks (21-12), who will play ninth-ranked Princeton at 6 p.m. Saturday in a tournament semifinal back at Bucknell.

The CWPA champion earns an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

Katie Ermakova had two goals, and Stephanie El Safty and Devon Boyle each scored once. Michaela Davies finished with nine saves.

After Bucknell (12-13) narrowed its deficit to 7-6 in the third period, Capparelli scored with 4:45 left in the period to make it a two-goal game. Dendy Young then converted a penalty shot with 19 seconds to go in the quarter to make it a three-goal spread.

The Bison closed to 9-7 on a goal by Julianne Valdes with 4:24 left.

Ermakova answered on a penalty shot with 3:40 to go before Dendy Young and El Safty scored 22 seconds apart, the latter capping the scoring.

The third-seeded Hawks and the second-seeded Tigers will meet in the semifinals for the second straight year. Princeton defeated Hartwick, 12-11, in overtime last season.

BASEBALLO-State drops two

Casy Kies and Oneonta High graduate David Wright homered in the first game of a SUNYAC doubleheader, but Oneonta State was swept by host Brockport, 18-5 and 10-1.

Kies homered to left field to give the Red Dragons a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Brockport responded with three runs in the bottom frame and stayed ahead the rest of the way.

Wright’s two-run homer in the sixth pulled Oneonta to 9-3. The Red Dragons added two more runs in the inning as Dylan Stamile had an RBI groundout and Chris Orlando scored on a wild pitch.

Brockport answered with six runs in the bottom of the sixth.

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