Hartwick field hockey’s season came to a close with a 4-1 loss to No. 6 Franklin & Marshall in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Lancaster, Pa.
The Hawks won the Empire 8 title Saturday, Nov. 8, to advance their first NCAA tournament since 2004.
Against the Diplomats, Hartwick got its only goal from Leah Tolley on an assist from Allyson Quirk off a corner from the left side in the fourth quarter.
The assist gave Quirk 20 points in 20 games while Tolley’s goal was just her third of the season. The Hawks’ leading scorer, Sydney Gagnon, was held without a point for the second straight game.
Erin Coverdale and Lily Mynott each potted a pair of goals to pace the Franklin & Marshall offense.
The Diplomats led, 2-0, at halftime and went ahead, 3-0, minutes into the third quarter before Tolley’s marker cut it to 3-1 in final frame. Coverdale added an insurance strike late in regulation to make it 4-1.
Franklin & Marshall finished with 43 shots while the Hawks managed four. Coverdale and Mynott combined for 30 of the Diplomats’ 43 shots.
Coverdale also set a new Franklin & Marshall program record with 54 goals in her collegiate career.
Hartwick goalie Allyson Osborne made 21 saves in the defeat, setting a career high in her final game. Osborne finished the season with a 1.37 goals-allowed average and a .833 save percentage. Diplomat goalie Christina Seery had one save before being replaced by Sydney Lippe with under two minutes left in the game.
Corners also favored Franklin & Marshall, 19-2.
Hartwick finished the season with a 13-7 record, tying the program record for second-most wins in a season with the 2009 and 2016 teams.
Franklin & Marshall (17-3) will meet No. 1 The College of New Jersey in the second round Saturday, Nov. 16.