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March 11, 2013

Oneonta State's Bernstein places second at nationals

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Oneonta State senior Sean Bernstein finished second in the 60 meters Saturday in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

Bernstein crossed in 6.84 seconds. Dennis Thurgood of Wisconsin Eau Claire won in 6.76.

Last spring, Bernstein edged Thurgood to win an outdoor national title in the 200.

Saturday’s performance marked the fourth time Bernstein has earned All-America status.

“Sean proved once again that he is a big-meet performer,” Red Dragons coach Matt LoPiccolo said in a media release by the school. “He entered the championships seeded fourth and beat his seed on consecutive days to finish second in the nation.”

Bernstein will now have a couple of weeks to transition into the outdoor season, which begins March 30 at the Division III Commonwealth Duals at Lynchburg, Va.

WATER POLO

Hartwick goes 4-0

Hartwick College earned four victories _ all coming by at least eight goals _ on Saturday at Moyer Pool.

The Hawks, who improved to 16-7, defeated Gannon, 16-7, in their first game. They followed with wins over St. Francis (19-7), Siena (22-13) and Marist (15-7).

Against Gannon, Sami Capparelli had five goals and teammate Jemma Dendy Young contributed two goals and five steals. Britt Tait and Kamila Zakirova finished with two goals apiece.

Goalies Michaela Davies and Haley Cox combined for 13 saves.

In the win over St. Francis, Lara Dendy Young had three goals and two assists, and Natalie Seabourn, Zakirova, Cox, Sasha Freeborn and Cayley Tonkin had two goals apiece.

Davies and Cox combined for 12 saves.

Capparelli scored four times in Hartwick’s rout of the Saints. Allison Kosich and Jemma Dendy Young both had three goals, and Lilly Gall, Freeborn, and Lara Dendy Young totaled six goals and five assists.

Hartwick was led by Capparelli’s five goals against Marist. Lily Martinez contributed four goals and three steals. Katie Ermakova finished with three goals and two steals, and Seabourn had two goals.

The Hawks return to Moyer Pool on Saturday for three games. Hartwick will play Salem International at 9 a.m. before opposing Connecticut College at 4 p.m. and Brown at 7 p.m.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

O-State 23, Marywood 10

Nicole Boylan, Kiera McNally and Caroline Tulley scored four goals apiece to lead the host Red Dragons to a non-conference victory Saturday.

Boylan and McNally scored three goals apiece during a 10-goal run in the first half that ended with O-State ahead, 12-2.

Casey Sarle and Jillian Donodeo each had three goals for O-State (2-1), which will host Farmingdale at 1 p.m. Saturday.

New Paltz 16, Hartwick 10

Freshman Kia Ference scored her college high of five goals, but host Hartwick lost a non-conference game Saturday.

Hartwick (1-3) led, 10-8, before New Paltz (1-0) scored the game’s final eight goals.

Meg Luce had two goals and two assists, and Emily Jweid, Erin Doyle and Selena Dardia all had goals for the Hawks.

Lianne Valdivia had four goals to lead New Paltz.

Steph Luce had nine saves for Hartwick, which held advantages in groundballs (18-17) and faceoffs (14-13). New Paltz outshot the Hawks, 30-27.

Hartwick will travel to Cazenovia at 4 p.m. March 20.

MEN’S LACROSSE

Farmingdale 9, Hartwick 8

Phil Schaefer and Harry Hughes had two goals apiece, but host Hartwick fell in overtime Saturday in a non-conference game.

Zach Gropper’s goal with 45 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 8 for Hartwick. Mike Vaglica set up Gropper’s tying goal.

But Farmingdale’s won the opening faceoff of overtime. Vincent Ariano then passed to Jason Opitz, whose hard shot beat Hawks goalie Carl Lengel. Opitz finished with a team-high three goals.

Hartwick fell to 2-1. The Rams are 1-2.

Roy Simmons, Irvens Dupuy and Bobby Cassidy also scored for the Hawks, who led, 6-3, in the third quarter.

Lengel stopped 12 shots. Thomas Fallon had nine saves for the Rams.

Hartwick led in shots, 33-31.

The Hawks will travel to face city rival Oneonta State at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

BASEBALL

O-State splits

Visiting Oneonta State split a doubleheader against St. Mary’s College of Maryland on Saturday, losing the first game, 2-1, before winning the second, 1-0.

Sophomore Steve Ascher and senior Jim Hegmann combined on the shutout in the second game. Ascher threw 6 1/3 innings scoreless innings before Hegmann finished for the save. Ascher struck out seven and allowed five hits.

The Red Dragons scored in the sixth inning. Senior Rob Peluso was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice by Ivan Plata. Dean Haussel’s single put runners at the corners. Haussel then stole second before Chris Orlando scored Peluso on a sacrifice fly to right.

Haussel had two of Oneonta’s four hits.

In the first game, the Red Dragons (1-5) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Orlando’s two-out single drove in Peluso from third base. Peluso led off the inning with an infield single.

St. Mary’s answered with two runs in the sixth off of losing pitcher Alex Mastrianni, who held the hosts to three hits over the first five innings.

Matt Mastroianni had two hits, including a double, for O-State.

SWIMMING

NJCAA Championships

Mike Roeland and Lily McEaney broke school records for SUNY Delhi during the NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships March 5-9 at Erie Community College.

Diver Matt Salle had the highest finishes for the Broncos. He finished fifth in 1-meter diving with a score of 433.20. Salle placed seventh in 3-meter diving, scoring 400.50. He earned All-America honors in both events.

Roeland finished 24th in the 500-yard freestyle, touching in a school-record time of 5 minutes, 24.86 seconds. That broke the record of 5:27.05 set by Chad Snyder in 2007.

Roeland also broke his school record in the 200 butterfly in placing 24th. He finished in 2:22.07, which broke his record of 2:27.30 set at the North East District Championship.

The Broncos finished 12th out of 16 teams with 190 points. It marks Delhi’s highest finish at nationals.

McEaney, the lone woman competing for Delhi, earned All-America honors in three events.

She broke the school record in the 200 butterfly, finishing 10th in 2:35.45. The previous record of 2:38.14 was set by Tessa Farrar in 2008. McEaney first broke the record in prelims when she touched in 2:36.10.

McEaney also placed 10th in the 200 individual medley, touching in 2:33.88, slightly slower than the 2:33.66 she swam in prelims.

In the 100 butterfly, McEaney placed 11th in 1:04.89.