Hawks Cap Season with Victory at Cazenovia

MORRISVILLE, NY Freshman Ali Sisco (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick), junior Hannah Kennedy (Avon, CT/Avon), and sophomore Erica Scicchitano (Centerport, NY/Harborfields) combined for 10 goals as Hartwick's women's lacrosse team finished the 2011 season with a 16-11 victory over Cazenovia at Morrisville State's Drake Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Hawks cap the year on a two-game win streak to finish with a 7-8 overall record, which is the program's second-highest win total in the last 10 seasons. The game was halted with 6:49 left in the contest due to lightning.

Freshman Brittany McCabe (Manorville, NY/Eastport South Manor) added two goals and two assists for the Hawks. Senior Bianca Gianfrate (Endicott, NY/Union-Endicott), junior Brittany LaVaute (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles), and sophomores Erin Doyle (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran) and Kate O'Shea (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) added a goal each.

A pair of Sisco tallies 25 seconds apart gave Hartwick a 2-0 lead less than seven minutes into the contest. O'Shea extended the Hartwick edge before Caz got on the scoreboard with 17:40 left. In a 1:12 span, McCabe and Doyle tallied to make it 5-1 but the Wildcats came back with two goals to cut the lead to 5-3.

The Hawks would score four times in the final three minutes of the half to make it 9-4 at halftime. Gianfrate tallied from McCabe, and Kennedy scored twice in the last 1:39 for an 8-4 score line. Sisco added the Hawks' 9th tally with one second left in the half.

Cazenovia scored four of the second half's first five goals to cut the lead to two, 10-8, with 18 minutes left in the game. The two squads traded goals over the next four minutes before 'Wick tallied four of the game's final five goals over the last 12:51 for the win. LaVaute and McCabe tallied in the span and Scicchitano added tallies in the final 10 minutes.

McCabe closes out the year with 43 goals and 17 assists. Her totals mark the most goals by a freshman since all-time leading scorer and four-time All-American Kate Stoehr notched 53 in 1995 and the most points since four-time All-American Deidre Kennedy recorded 68 in her freshman season in 1990.

McCabe also tied for a game-high with three ground balls. O'Shea, Jen Kaye (Altamont, NY/Guilderland), Jess Kenna (Mastic Beach. NY/Mastic Beach) and Morgan Galipeau (Bennington, VT/Mount Anthony) added two each. LaVaute added four draws. Kaye stopped five shots to finish her career with 436 saves, good enough for 4th place all-time.

Cazenovia was led by Christy Foster's five goals. She added a game-high six draw controls.

The game was the final one in a Hartwick uniform for seniors Gianfrate, Kaye, and Kenna.


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