Hartwick Second-Half Comeback Falls Short vs. Elmira

ONEONTA, NY Hartwick battled back from a five-goal second-half deficit to tie the game with under five minutes to play, but an Elmira goal with 2:16 remaining gave the visitors the 13-12 win on Saturday at Wright Stadium. The Hawks slip to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the Empire 8. The Soaring Eagles improve to 4-4 and 1-2.

Elmira opened up its biggest lead of the game, 11-6, with 2:01 elapsed in the second half. The Hawks, however, would outscore EC 6-1 over the next 23 minutes and tied the score at 12-12 on freshman Brittany McCabe's (Manorville, NY/Eastport South Manor) fifth goal of the day with 4:38 left.

The Hawks had a pair of opportunities to take the lead in the next two minutes, but shots from Ryan McGovern (Miller Place, NY/Rocky Point) and Hannah Kennedy (Avon, CT) both were turned aside by Elmira keeper Mary Kate Gellerman. The Soaring Eagles gained possession and Lindsay Mitchell found Meghan Pass in close for the game-winner with 2:16 to go.

EC won the ensuing draw and the Hawks were unable to get the ball back into their offensive end for the remainder of the game allowing the Soaring Eagles to escape with the win.

McCabe finished the day with a game- and career-high eight points on five scores and three assists. Junior Brittany LaVaute (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles) added two goals for 'Wick.

Elmira, which led throughout the first half, held four-goal advantages three times in the first 30 minutes. Back-to-back goals from Emily Walsh (Cortland, NY/Cortland) and McCabe 24 seconds apart cut the deficit to two, 7-5, with 7:48 to play in the half.

Pass scored twice in the next six minutes to extend the EC advantage to four, 9-5, with 1:37 left, but McGovern answered for 'Wick 16 seconds later. The Hawks had a chance to pull to within two at the half but could not convert. Instead, Lindsay Mitchell, who led EC with five goals on the day, tallied with just a second to play in the stanza to make the score 10-6.

After Mitchell's final goal early in the second, Hartwick scored four consecutive times in a 12-minute span to pull to within one, 11-10, with 14:40 remaining in the game. McCabe scored twice in the span with LaVaute and Erin Doyle (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran) also tallying.

Elmira got some breathing room less than a minute later on a free-position goal, but McCabe answered with under 12 minutes left. She would tack on her fifth of the day with 4:38 remaining to tie the score for the first time before the late Soaring Eagle goal put the visitors up to stay.

The Hawks outshot Elmira 29-24 in the contest and held a 30-23 advantage in ground balls. 'Wick also earned 15 of the game's 27 draws.

Freshman defender Morgan Galipeau (Bennington, VT/Mount Anthony Union) registered game- and career-highs of seven ground balls and four caused turnovers for Hartwick. Keeper Jen Kaye (Altamont, NY/Guilderland) grabbed six ground balls and made seven saves, and Erica Scicchitano (Centerport, NY/Harborfields) registered a game-high six draw controls.

Mitchell added two assists to go along with her five goals. Meghan Pass and Samantha Risi each scored three times. Emily Zimmerman tied Galipeau with seven ground balls. Gellerman, who finished the game with 12 saves, added five ground balls.

Hartwick is back in action tomorrow at Wright Stadium against Ithaca. Game time is 1:00 p.m.


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