Friday was a good news-bad news kind of day for the Hartwick College men’s soccer team.
In that order.
Hours after the Hawks’ John Scott won Coach of the Year honors from the Mid-American Conference, Hartwick’s season ended with a 1-0 loss to Western Michigan in a MAC Tournament semifinal at Cub Cadet Field in Akron, Ohio.
Connor Furgason scored on a header with 8 minutes, 26 seconds remaining for the second-seeded Broncos (9-8-1), who advanced to Sunday’s championship game against top-seeded host Akron (15-3-1). The Zips reached the final with a 3-0 defeat of fourth-seeded West Virginia (7-7-5) in Friday’s second semifinal.
Sunday’s winner will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Sam Bell set up the decisive goal for Western Michigan by floating a corner kick into the Hartwick box. Furgason then connected for a header that beat Hartwick goalie Mateo Munarriz, who was screened by a Western Michigan player.
“The game was a tight affair and at halftime, 1-1 would have been fair enough,” Scott said. “Both teams were defending well through the second half and although we had more of the ball, only a few fleeting chances were created. The longer it went, it had the feel of overtime until the late goal settled the game.”
The Hawks (5-9-4) went on the attack for the final eight-plus minutes and earned a corner kick with 4:10 remaining. Chris Walter’s serve found the head of Ross MacKinnon, but his shot ended up inches wide of the far post.
Walter also crossed a 35-yard free kick into the WMU penalty area with 2:45 left, but Broncos goalie Chase Rau came up with the save. Dean Fowler took Hartwick’s final shot from long range with 15 seconds to go, but it sailed high.
Hartwick, which made its first playoff appearance since 2009, finished with a 10-8 edge in shots. Western Michigan had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Munarriz made two saves, both coming in the first half. Rau had no saves in the shutout as the Broncos earned their second 1-0 victory over Hartwick this season.
Seniors Will Broomfield, Matthew Robertson and Tim Crawford played their final game for the Hawks, who fell to 2-3-2 in MAC postseason games.
Scott won his first Coach of the Year honor from the MAC in his fourth season at Hartwick, which had Second Team MAC selections in Robertson, MacKinnon and Walter.
“Being awarded the MAC’s Coach of the Year is absolutely unexpected,” Scott said in a media release from Hartwick. “I had been eagerly awaiting the release of the first and second teams to see which Hartwick players had been honored, and to receive this coaching award is a complete shock.”
Scott led the Hawks, who were picked to finish last in the MAC Preseason Poll, to a third-place finish with a 3-2-1 league record. Hartwick’s victories included a 2-0 win at Akron that snapped the Zips’ 49-game (46-0-3) conference unbeaten streak. It was also Hartwick’s first win over Akron since 1973 and snapped an 11-game winless skid against the Zips.
The Hawks also shut out West Virginia, which was picked to finish second in the league, and beat Northern Illinois, 2-1 in double-overtime, to clinch their first playoff berth in four seasons.
Robertson and MacKinnon keyed a Hartwick defense that surrendered 19 goals in 17 matches. Robertson started 14 times at the center back position and scored his first college goal in a 1-1 draw with Bowling Green.
MacKinnon started 14 times in the back and Walter made 15 starts in the midfield. Walter had two goals and two assists for six points this season, which ranks third on the team.
The MAC also selected Akron’s Aodhan Quinn as its Player of the Year and Buffalo’s Russell Cicerone as its Newcomer of the Year. Quinn scored in Friday’s semifinal victory over West Virginia, which gave up two goals to MAC first-teamer Eric Stevenson.
MEN’S BASKETBALLHartwick 89, Ursinus 73
Joey Lufkin scored 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting to lead Hartwick to a season-opening victory during the first round of the Homewood Suites Tip-Off Tournament at Messiah College.
Preseason All-American Jared Suderley contributed 17 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Hawks, who received 15 points from Matt Petruccione. Kyle Bradley rounded out the double-digit scoring efforts for Hartwick with 14 points. He also had eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Hawks, who took a 54-37 lead into halftime, shot 53.4 percent from the floor (31-for-58), including an 11-for-21 effort from three-point range (52.4 percent). Hartwick also held a 41-26 advantage in rebounds.
The Hawks will play host Messiah in the championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday. Messiah beat Rosemont, 95-67, in Friday’s other first-round game.
O-State 95, Rochester 80
Zach Mager scored a game-high 31 points to lead five double-digit scoring efforts for Oneonta State, which opened its season with a first-round victory over the host school in the University of Rochester Tournament.
Mager went 6-for-14 from the field but hit three three-pointers and made 16 of 17 free throws. Dan Lee contributed 15 points, with nine coming on a 9-for-10 effort from the foul line.
Jack Dignan finished with 14 points and eight assists for the Red Dragons, who received 12 points from Mikey McElroy and 10 from Jackson Zuvic.
Oneonta will play Tufts University in the title game at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tufts opened with a 113-81 rout of D’Youville in Friday’s other first-round game.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALLO-State 70, Hamilton 65
Sarah Longto scored a team-best 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor to lead Oneonta State to a first-round victory at the season-opening Skidmore Invitational.
Grace Schilling contributed 16 points for the Red Dragons, who received 14 points and eight assists from Alyshia Crawford.
Samantha Graber’s 23 points for Hamilton led all scorers.
O-State will play Skidmore at 4 p.m. Saturday in the second round. Skidmore fell, 64-52, to Western New England in Friday’s other first-round game.
RIT 87, Cobleskill 49
Shelby Preston finished with team-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds, but SUNY Cobleskill opened its season with a first-round loss in the Max Ziel Tournament at Oswego.
Tracee Schiebel contributed 13 points for the Fighting Tigers, who received seven points and nine rebounds from Samantha Davis.
Cobleskill will play Clarkson in the consolation game Saturday. Clarkson fell, 76-60, to Oswego in Friday’s other first-round game.
SWIMMINGO-State sweeps Skidmore
Oneonta State cruised to non-conference victories at home as the Red Dragons’ men topped Skidmore, 122-97, and the women earned a 128-90 triumph.
Seven men had individual victories for O-State, which took the 200-yard medley relay as Joseph Morgan, Joseph Galan, Ryan Walsh and Anthony Franchi finished in 1:43.09.
Morgan won the 200 individual medley (2:07.33); Galan placed first in the 1,000 free (10:25.29); Walsh took the 100 butterfly (53.30); and Franchi touched first in the 50 free (23.32).
The Red Dragons also received wins from Stephen Penteck in the 200 free (1:51.09); Jermaine Miller in diving (339.20 points); and Kevin Flessa in the 100 free (51.53).
Chandler Shepard and Kara Garbarino won two events apiece for Oneonta’s women. Shepard placed first in the 50 free (25.36) and the 100 free (55.21). Garbarino swept the two diving events with 225.55 and 149.75 points.
Delhi graduate Shepard also anchored the winning 200 medley relay team, following Taylor Waldrop, Nicole Difilippo and Lauren Zentko for a victory in 1:55.01.
O-State’s women also got firsts from Waldrop in the 200 free (2:02.49), Zentko in the 100 butterfly (1:01.02), and Melissa Erickson in the 500 free (5:30.11).