Second-Half Run Propels Hartwick Over Utica

ONEONTA, NY Hartwick scored seven unanswered goals in the second half to turn a tie game into a one-sided 10-3 contest on Wednesday in a 11-7 victory over Utica. The Hawks, winners of two straight, are now .500 with a 7-7 overall mark and 2-4 in the Empire 8. The Pioneers fall to 2-10 and 0-5.

The game was low-scoring the first half of play with only five goals scored. The Hawks led 2-1 after the first quarter and held a 3-1 edge deep into the second, but a Utica tally as the halftime horn sounded made it 3-2 at the break.

In the second half, UC evened the score after 3:37, but the Hawks would go on a seven-goal scoring spree over the next 12:53 to open up the big advantage. UC scored three times later in the fourth to cut it to four, 10-6, but Mike Morrison (Holbrook, NY/Sachem East) notched his second goal of the game with just over a minute remaining to put the game away for good.

Morrison, Dave Aitchison (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale), and Phil Schaefer (Holbrook, NY/Sachem North) each registered two tallies for 'Wick. Five other Hawks also tallied and goalkeeper Carl Lengel (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) notched 14 saves while allowing only seven goals.

Brian Finnegan (East Northport, NY/Northport) scored for Hartwick in the second quarter. Matt Landry (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury), Joe Shields (Loudonville, NY/Shaker), Harry Hughes (Holtsville, NY/Sachem East), and Jake Cooper (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) each scored for 'Wick in the second-half rally.

The Hawks outshot the Pioneers by a wide 48-29 margin. They also held a 41-33 edge in ground balls.

Hughes, Cooper, Lengel, Alex Skvarch (Syracuse, NY/Marcellus), and Tim Antos (Marcellus, NY/Onondaga) each had four ground balls to lead Hartwick. Skvarch also caused three turnovers with Antos and Morrison contributing two each.

Utica was led by David Craig and Zachary Menapace who each recorded a goal and two assists. Mick Krajacic grabbed a game-eight eight ground balls.

Hartwick travels to Ithaca College on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game.


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