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Running back Kurtis Ahart rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead the undefeated Hartwick College football team to a 45-19 non-conference thumping of host Becker College.
Quarterback John Garcia completed 17 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns for Hartwick (3-0), which got seven catches for 151 yards and a touchdown from receiver Frankie Molina. Tanner Williams contributed 52 yards and a touchdown on four receptions.
Joe Seney finished with six tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble for the Hawks, who received five tackles and one sack from R.J. Roth. Rob Burke contributed three tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, and one pass breakup for a defense that limited Becker (1-2) to 94 yards passing and 56 yards rushing.
Hartwick rallied after fumbling away the opening kickoff and allowing Vincent Romario to score on a 29-yard run four plays later.
Ahart followed with back-to-back TD runs of 6 and 11 yards, sparking a 35-0 Hartwick spurt that ended with Ahart’s 12-yard scoring run early in the third quarter. In between, Roth scored on a safety and Garcia hit Williams with a 29-yard TD pass and Chris Hoose with a 7-yard TD pass.
Molina’s 58-yard TD catch also came in the third quarter, and Alex Tesoriero kicked a 26-yard field goal early in the fourth period to cap Hartwick’s scoring.
The Hawks are off until Oct. 5, when they host an Empire 8 Conference opener against Ithaca College.
Hartwick 1, Iona 0
Max Walcott scored inside the first minute of the second half and goalie Mateo Munarriz made one save Saturday at Elmore Field as Hartwick earned its first victory of the season.
Walcott ran onto a ball played into the Gaels’ box and volleyed a six-yard shot past Iona goalie Julian Petrello (five saves) 44 seconds into the second half.
Both teams finished with nine shots. Iona (2-3-1) held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks.
Hartwick (1-4-2) avenged a 5-1 loss to Iona in 2010 that marked the program’s first game under head coach John Scott.
The Hawks visit the University of Vermont this Saturday.
O-State 1, WNE 1
Dylan Williams scored his team-best fourth goal of the season, but Oneonta State played host Western New England to a non-conference draw Sunday.
“It’s hard to believe we didn’t win that game,” O-State coach Iain Byrne said in a media release. “We were a threat throughout and must have hit the post three times.”
O-State (4-2-2), which finished with a 24-7 advantage in shots, gave up a goal to Tim Murray in the 63rd minute. Williams headed in a pass from Mitchell Cain 12 minutes later to tie it.
Zef Saljanin hit the post with a header in the 88th minute for the Red Dragons, who got no saves from goalie Daniel DeBottis. His counterpart, Domenick Villano, made six stops for WNE.
Oneonta opens SUNY Athletic Conference play Friday at Cortland State.
O-State 2, Rensselaer 0
Luke Halberg scored twice Saturday to lead visiting Oneonta State to a non-conference triumph.
Halberg opened the scoring in the 26th minute, when he gained control of a pass to the penalty area from Justin Rivera and beat goalkeeper Craig Bennett.
Halberg made it 2-0 in the 67th minute, cutting into the penalty area from the left wing before curling a shot over RPI’s second goalie, Alex Kessler.
Vincent Pellegrino stopped two shots in goal for the Red Dragons, who finished with an 11-9 edge in shots.
Morrisville 5, Cobleskill 1
SUNY Cobleskill remained winless on the season with a North Eastern Athletic Conference road loss Saturday.
Rob Larkin (no saves) and Eric Berglund (one save) combined on the shutout in goal for the Mustangs (4-2-1, 1-0-1), who held a 32-3 advantage in shots.
Tyler Condame scored a rebound goal and Schuyler Broadwell got the assist for Cobleskill (0-5, 0-3), tying the score at 1 in the 12th minute. Morrisville scored the next four goals, including three straight to close the first half.
Delhi 7, Jefferson 0
Tom D’Ottavio opened the scoring on a pass from Trevor Holdridge in the 38th minute, helping SUNY Delhi to its first victory of the season Saturday at Watertown.
The Broncos opened up for six goals in the second half, starting with back-to-back scores by Peter Fabrykiewicz in the 48th and 56th minutes.
Holdridge contributed a goal and an assist thereafter for Delhi, which finished with an 18-1 advantage in shots for Jefferson Community College (1-5, 0-3 Region III).
Holdridge and Fabrykiewicz played for South Kortright in high school.
Delhi (1-4, 1-2) hosts Fulton-Montgomery on Wednesday.
Ithaca 1, Hartwick 0
Amanda Callanan converted a penalty kick in the 19th minute for ninth-ranked Ithaca, which held on for a victory in the Empire 8 Conference opener for both teams Saturday.
“Overall we’re disappointed to lose the three points in the conference,” Hartwick coach Matt Verni said in a media release. “But we take away the belief that we can compete with the best programs in our region.”
Callanan beat Hartwick goalie Hope Brown to the lower-right corner on the pk, which was set up by a Hartwick foul inside the box at 18:29 into the game.
The Bombers would finish the match with a 13-5 edge in shots.
Hartwick hosts Elmira on Wednesday.
Morrisville 3, Cobleskill 0
Angela Marriott made five saves for a shutout Saturday as host Morrisville beat Cobleskill in the NEAC.
The Fighting Tigers (0-6, 0-3) were outshot, 24-11, by the Mustangs (5-2, 4-0).
Hayley MacLean made 10 saves for Cobleskill.
Stevens 5, Hartwick 4
Meghan Fay had a goal and an assist for Hartwick, which scored four times on six shots but lost an Empire 8 Conference game at home Saturday.
Stevens (4-2, 2-0) took the early lead with a goal in the ninth minute, but Fay set up Alex Godina for a tying goal 21:53 into play. The Ducks went on to take a 2-1 lead into halftime before Hartwick (2-5, 0-2) rallied with consecutive goals.
Hartwick evened the score again 31 seconds into the second half as Sarah Ryan converted a pass from Kelly Kramer. A little more than five minutes later, Fay redirected a shot by Jessica Ott for a 3-2 Hartwick lead.
Stevens tied the score in the 52nd minute, went ahead in the 54th minute and took a two-goal lead in the 68th minute.
Hartwick’s Lauren Crimi capped the scoring off a pass from Ott in the 69th minute.
Shannon Carter stopped 17 shots in goal for the Hawks, who trailed in shots (27-6) and penalty corners (24-6).
Hartwick hosts Manhattanville in a non-conference match Wednesday.
Elmira 8, Hartwick 1
Caitlin O’Brien won a super-tiebreaker at fifth singles Sunday, earning a 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 10-4 victory over Steph Tock for Hartwick’s point in an Empire 8 loss on the road.
The Hawks (3-5, 1-4) host Utica on Tuesday.
Hartwick 9, Houghton 0
Hartwick swept doubles and singles matches for the second time this season as the Hawks won their first meeting against Houghton in program history.
Kristen Napolitano and Lauren Noyes highlighted the sweep with an 8-2 win that pushed their record to 5-2 at third doubles.
Sophomore hitter Hannah Strom combined for 25 kills and 20 digs Saturday, but Hartwick opened Empire 8 Crossover play with home losses to Nazareth and Ithaca.
The Hawks followed a 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 loss to two-time defending conference champion Nazareth with a 26-28, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 setback against the Bombers.
Christina Vitale contributed 33 digs overall and Quincy Kinzel had a combined 64 assists.
Hartwick (3-13, 1-2) visits Morrisville State on Thursday.
Oneonta State dropped two matches Saturday during the St. John Fisher Quad.
The Red Dragons followed a 25-22, 25-17, 25-20 loss to the host school with a 25-17, 19-25, 25-17, 25-16 setback against Brockport.
Bridget McHugh’s 11 kills against Fisher paced Oneonta, which received 12 assists from Jessica Pelaccio and 14 digs from Kristina Pelaccio.
Against Brockport, Jill Darpino had seven kills, Becca Horton amassed 16 assists and Kristina Pelaccio finished with 15 digs.
O-State hosts Union College on Tuesday.
Senior outside hitter Amber Baker averaged 2.3 kills and 2.7 digs over two Saturday matches as SUNY Cobleskill was swept by Penn State Abington and Gallaudet during the North Eastern Athletic Conference Crossovers at Keuka.
The Fighting Tigers fell, 25-16, 25-17, 25-19, to PS Abington, then lost, 25-10, 25-20, 25-18, to Gallaudet.
Cobleskill (5-9, 0-2) visits SUNYIT on Wednesday.
Cobleskill freshman Evan Quinones placed ninth in a field of 187 runners Saturday during the Raptor Invitational at Bard College.
Quinones completed the 4.97-mile course in 25:45 for the Fighting Tigers, who placed second out of 26 teams with 62 points. Middlebury won the team title with 15 points.
Geoffrey Hall, a senior, contributed a 12th for Cobleskill, crossing in 25:59.
Cobleskill’s women placed fourth out of 26 teams with 181 points. Freshman Taylor Tommell placed 24th out of 175 women, covering the 3.1-mile course in 19:25 to pace the Fighting Tigers.
Cobleskill will compete in the SUNYIT September Invitational this Saturday.