Hartwick College got off to a fast start Tuesday, winning two of three doubles matches en route to a 7-2 women’s tennis victory at home over the Sage Colleges in the season opener for both teams.
Ruthie Jones and Nicole Schepisi lost their first doubles match, 8-5, but Hartwick won the next two as Rebecca Clark and Michaela Finnegan cruised to an 8-2 victory at second doubles, and Kristen Napolitano joined Lauren Noyes for an 8-0 sweep at third doubles.
Napolitano won a super tiebreaker against Sage’s Katie Schultz at fourth singles, 6-1, 6-7, (4), 10-4. Caitlin O’Brien contributed her first college win with a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Mary Kate Hayward at fifth singles.
Schepisi (second singles), Clark (third) and Noyes (sixth) also won for the Hawks, who play Nazareth on Saturday.
MEN’S SOCCERAlbany COP 3, Delhi 1
Unatego graduate Dillion Maxson scored his first college goal, but visiting Delhi lost a non-conference game in its season opener.
The teams were supposed to meet Monday at Delhi, but poor field conditions forced it to be moved to Tuesday at Albany.
Maxson volleyed in a cross from Jimmy Matias at the 31-minute mark, giving Delhi a 1-0 lead that stood at halftime.
Alessandro Macchiarelli was awarded a penalty kick 20 minutes into the second half and converted it to tie the score at 1. Zak Giorgi made it 2-1 about 10 minutes later, scoring on a 35-yard free kick.
Giorgi capped the scoring with three minutes left off a breakaway. Delhi goalkeeper Brandon Rivera (five saves) came off his line and blocked Giorgi’s initial shot but was unable to save the rebound.
“We were trying to push up to get the tying goal and got caught too far up,” Delhi coach Doug McKee said.
Delhi (0-1), which held an 11-8 advantage in shots, will host a Region III opener at 2 p.m. Saturday against Onondaga Community College.