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September 14, 2013

All-Americans highlight Hartwick's Class of 2013

Staff Report

Four-time All-America men’s soccer selection Tony Elia and five other former Hartwick College standouts will be inducted into the Hawks’ Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 12.

Hartwick’s Class of 2013 also features Nicole Fish, Sheri Kelleher, Sheri Johnson, Tyler Hemming and Lindy Crea. The six will be inducted during a ceremony that will start at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 on Miller Court, which is outside Hartwick’s Binder Physical Education Center.

Cost to attend the dinner is $60 per person. Advanced registration is required. For more information, call Jaime Dalton at 607-431-4530 or email

After the ceremony, Hartwick’s Hall will be home to 131 former student-athletes, coaches, teams and supporters.

Tony Elia

Elia, who graduated in 1971, is one of 11 Hartwick men’s soccer players to earn All-America honors more than once. He’s also one of a select few in the history of college soccer to win four All-America awards.

Elia transferred from Mitchell Junior College, where he was named to the NJCAA All-American Second Team in 1967 and First Team in 1968. At Hartwick, he helped the program to a two-year record of 24-3-1 highlighted by 16 shutouts and a 106-22 goal differential.

A midfielder from Hawthorne, N.J., Elia finished the 1969 season with five goals and a team-best 10 assists to help the Warriors to a 10-2-1 record and an appearance in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Elia earned First Team All-Region and All-America accolades that season.

Elia went on to score in NCAA tournament victories over Columbia and Harvard, the latter win leading Hartwick to its first Final Four appearance in 1970. Hartwick started that season 14-0. Elia ended up with All-Region honors and made the All-America Second Team.

Nicole Fish

Fish (Class of 2000) helped Hartwick’s field hockey team to three NCAA tournament appearances, four New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association berths, two state titles and 65 victories from 1996-1999.

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