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November 6, 2013

Hartwick men drop regular-season finale, 1-0

The Daily Star

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Hartwick College gave up a goal off a penalty kick in the first half and failed to recover in a 1-0 non-conference men’s soccer loss to visiting Bucknell on Tuesday night at Elmore Field.

Chris Thorsheim gave the Bison (11-5-1) a 1-0 lead 31 minutes, 5 seconds into the Hawks’ regular-season finale, when he beat Hartwick goalie Mateo Munarriz with a penalty kick. A Hartwick foul inside the 18-yard box resulted in the pk. Munarriz guessed wrong as Thorsheim beat him with a shot to the keeper’s right.

The goal came less than four minutes after Munarriz earned the first of his three saves on a shot by Thorsheim.

About 11 minutes earlier, Bucknell goalie Clarke Fox made a diving save on a penalty kick by Hartwick’s David Styles. Marc Russell set up the pk when he was taken down inside the box by a Bucknell defender.

Fox finished with two saves as he also dived to stop a header by Jamie O’Grady in the 65th minute.

Munarriz’s second save for the Hawks (5-8-4) came on a header by Mayowa Alli in the 42nd minute. He also stopped a shot by Jesse Klug 69 minutes into play.

Hartwick was outshot, 9-5, but held a decisive 8-2 advantage in corner kicks on its Senior Night. The Hawks honored outgoing seniors Tim Crawford, Will Broomfield and Matthew Robertson before the match.

Hartwick’s season will continue with a Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinal Nov. 15. The time, site and opponent for the Hawks’ semifinal will be determined this weekend.

On Nov. 15, Hartwick will make its first appearance in the playoffs since 2009.

SUNYAC Semifinals

Oneonta State’s men and women will host SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals today at Red Dragon Field.

O-State’s top-seeded men will open their quest for a third straight conference tournament title and NCAA Division III Tournament berth today, when the Red Dragons (11-3-4) host Plattsburgh in a semifinal. Plattsburgh (13-5-1) secured the No. 4 seed for the SUNYACs with a 2-1 win over Buffalo State this past Saturday.

The Red Dragons led the conference in goals (43) and points (123) this season. They also ranked second in goals against average (0.72), percentage points behind Brockport.

During the regular season, O-State rallied for a 2-1 victory over Plattsburgh as Zef Saljanin scored the winner on a restart with 3 seconds left in the second overtime.

Today’s winner will meet No. 2 Cortland or No. 3 Brockport in the SUNYAC Tournament championship game Saturday. Cortland hosts Brockport in the other semifinal today. The highest remaining seed will host Saturday’s title game.

The men’s match will begin 30 minutes after the completion of today’s 11 a.m. women’s SUNYAC Tournament semifinal between No. 4 Brockport (12-3-1) and top-seeded host O-State (10-4-3).

Brockport defeated Oswego, 2-1, this past Saturday to advance to the semifinals. Oneonta had a first-round bye as the regular-season SUNYAC champion.

The Red Dragons are chasing their 15th conference tournament title and their first since 2010. Last season, Oneonta fell, 2-1, to Cortland in the title game.

Kayla Ceschini and Jessica Lyden scored for Oneonta in a 2-0 defeat of Brockport during the regular season.

Today’s winner will play No. 2 seed Buffalo State or No. 3 Geneseo for the title Saturday. Buffalo State hosts Geneseo in the other semifinal today. The final will be hosted by the highest remaining seed.

Admission for today’s semifinals is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. Children younger than age 5 and students with valid identifications will be admitted for free.


Hartwick duo honored

The Empire 8 Conference selected Hartwick junior Nicole Schepisi and freshman Caitlin O’Brien as all-conference honorable mentions for the 2013 fall season, the Hawks announced Tuesday. Schepisi, who earned her second consecutive honorable mention, also was chosen as Hartwick’s representative for Sportswoman of the Year for the second straight season.

Schepisi went 7-5 at second singles and tied O’Brien for the team lead in wins. O’Brien had a 7-4 record at fifth singles for the Hawks, who finished the season 5-7 overall and 2-5 in the E8.


Cobleskill has third-teamer

The North Eastern Athletic Conference picked SUNY Cobleskill junior middle hitter Kady Porterfield to its all-conference Third Team, the Fighting Tigers announced Tuesday.

Porterfield had team-highs of 240 kills and 76 total blocks for Cobleskill, which went 12-18 overall and 2-8 in the NEAC this season.