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April 26, 2014

Hartwick water polo rallies to reach semis

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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.

Orlando and Matt Mastroianni had two hits apiece for O-State. OHS graduate Nate Eastman fell to 0-3 on the mound this season after giving up six earned runs on seven hits in three innings.

Noah Raspler failed to get an out as Oneonta’s starting pitcher in the second game as Brockport (21-12) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Mastroianni hit an RBI single in the third inning for the Red Dragons (11-21), who also got a single from Jon Halligan.

O-State plays a single game at Brockport on Saturday.

SOFTBALLO-State sweeps Bengals

Freshman Sabrina DeAngelis earned pitching victories in both games of a SUNY Athletic Conference doubleheader Friday as Oneonta State swept visiting Buffalo State, 2-0 and 6-1.

DeAngelis struck out four in a two-hitter in the opener, which featured an RBI single in the second inning by Kristyn Neroda and an RBI single in the fifth inning by Traci Lichtenstein.

The Bengals (15-13, 7-7) took a 1-0 lead on DeAngelis in the first inning of the second game, but O-State (23-9, 13-3) responded with two runs in the bottom frame and three more in the second inning.

Lichtenstein’s two-run single in the first gave the Red Dragons the lead for keeps. She also had a two-run single in the second inning, which featured an RBI single by Brianna Rivera.

DeAngelis (13-5) struck out three, walked three and gave up three hits in four innings. Katie O’Flynn followed with two hitless innings of relief before Rachel Hitt secured the victory with a scoreless seventh. Rivera singled in Oneonta’s final run in the fourth.

O-State completes its regular-season SUNYAC schedule with a doubleheader against visiting Fredonia on Saturday. The twinbill will double as a “StrikeOut Cancer” event to support cancer research and education.

O-State 6, New Paltz 4

Oneonta State finished off a SUNYAC victory against New Paltz on Thursday at the University at Albany.

The game was suspended in the bottom of the third inning because of darkness April 11. The Red Dragons led, 6-3, at the time of the suspension.

DeAngelis threw the final 4 1/3 innings. New Paltz’s lone run Thursday came on a home run by Nicole Costa in the bottom of the sixth.

Lichtenstein had three hits and Marlene Cuevas finished with two for O-State.

TENNISRPI 8, O-State 1

Michael Kennelly earned Oneonta State’s point with a 2-6, 7-6, 10-8 victory over Matt LaBarre at first singles, but the Red Dragons lost a non-conference match at home.

Kennelly’s 38th college victory came against the 18th-ranked player in the Northeast Region.

“Michael’s win today was a shining moment for him and our team,” O-State coach Lonnie Mitchel said in a release prepared by the college. “It was the best moment since I took over the program two years ago and it really galvanized us as a team. Our team has had some tough losses this year to teams that are highly ranked in our region and nationally. This type of individual win gives us something to build off of next season.”

Mackenzie Park and Matthew Richards lost tiebreakers at second and fourth singles, respectively, for the Red Dragons (6-10), who closed its regular-season home schedule.

Rensselaer, which is ranked 13th in the Northeast, improve to 11-4.

O-State finishes its season Monday at Union College.

TRACKPenn Relays

Oneonta State senior Danielle Kennedy and freshman Alyssa Drapeau had personal-best times in the 10,000 meters Thursday at the Penn Relays.

Kennedy broke her school record in finishing 20th in 35 minutes, 55.79 seconds.

Drapeau finished 29th in 36:22.51, marking the first time she’s cracked 37 minutes in the event.

Both times rank in the top 20 among NCAA Division III women.

The Red Dragons’ 1,600 relay team of Brittany Cocchieri, Chelsea Christonikos, Amanda Knox and Carrie Small finished in 4:01.41.

On the men’s side, O-State’s Charles Remillard placed 33rd in the 10,000, crossing in 31:48.24.