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April 28, 2014

Hartwick water polo closes with two losses; O-State softball clinches title

Staff Report

Hartwick College ended its women’s water polo season with a pair of two-goal losses during the Collegiate Water Polo Association Championships this past weekend at Bucknell University.

The 16th-ranked Hawks lost, 10-8, to ninth-ranked Princeton in Saturday’s semifinals and followed with a 12-10 setback against No. 20 Michigan in Sunday’s third-place game.

Hartwick closed the season at 21-14 with its second fourth-place tournament finish in the last decade. The Hawks won the tournament in 2004, 2006 and 2007; took second in 2002, 2008 and 2009; and placed third in 2001, 2005 and 2010. They also finished fourth in 2011, fifth in 2003 and sixth in 2012.

Michigan got four goals from Ali Thomason, including two in the fourth quarter, in Sunday’s third-place game as the Wolverines beat Hartwick for the first time this season. The Hawks topped Michigan, 12-10 in overtime, Feb. 16 and followed with a 10-6 win April 12.

Katie Ermakova had three goals for Hartwick, which got two apiece from Cayley Tonkin and all-tournament selections Sami Capparelli and Jemma Dendy Young. Britt Tait also scored for the Hawks, who got nine saves from goalie Michaela Davies.

Hartwick trailed, 8-5, at halftime but took a 10-9 lead on a goal by Dendy Young with 5 minutes, 45 seconds left. Thomason tied it with 4:53 to go, then scored the go-ahead goal 43 seconds later for Michigan, who got another goal from Presley Pender to secure the win.

On Saturday, Capparelli, Tonkin and Ermakova scored two goals apiece in the semifinal loss to Princeton. Jemma and Lara Dendy Young each scored once for the Hawks, who received two saves from Davies.

Jesse Holechek scored three times for the Tigers, who took a 5-3 lead into halftime.

SOFTBALLO-State clinches title

Oneonta State won its second regular-season SUNY Athletic Conference championship in program history with a sweep of visiting Fredonia, 2-1 and 8-2, on Saturday.

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