Hartwick Rallies to Down Mount Saint Mary

ONEONTA, NY - Hartwick's women's lacrosse team opened their 2012 season with a 10-7 come-from-behind victory over Mount Saint Mary on Saturday at Wright Stadium. The Hawks six of the final eight goals of the day to pull away.

Sophomore Brittany McCabe (Manorville, NY/Eastport South Manor HS) registered four goals and freshman Lisa LIttleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown HS) tallied three times and dished out an assist. Goalkeeper Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs HS) made 10 stops in her collegiate debut.

The Hawks raced out to a 4-0 lead in the opening 6:31 in the game with McCabe scoring twice and sophomore Meg Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs HS) adding the other two 'Wick scores.

The Hawks, however, would go scoreless for the next 36 minutes and 48 seconds of action as Knight goalkeeper Lauren Beltrami frustrated the Hawks' offense with several tough saves. Ellen Cashin got the Knights on the scoreboard on a free position shot at 21:23 of the first half and Amanda Giarrizalfzo scored on another two and a half minutes later.

Both teams closed out the final 19 minutes without a goal and Hartwick led 4-2 at the break.

Two Knights tallies in the first 6:08 of the second half tied the game at 4-4 with Nicole Palmieri and Ela Igdeler finding the net for the Knights.

The visitors took the lead on a Cashin unassisted goal with 19:45 left and the Hawks appeard to be in trouble. 'Wick came right back with four goals in the next 73 seconds, though, to take command of the game.

Emily Walsh (Cortland, NY/Cortland HS) started the run as she picked off a Knight clear attempt and fed Hannah Kennedy (Avon, CT/Avon HS) in front for a goal with 16:41 remaining. Fourteen seconds later, Littleton scored the first of her career to put Hartwick up to stay.

McCabe tallied on a free position at 15:57 and Littleton did the same 29 ticks later to put Hartwick up 8-5. Littleton would set up McCabe for her fourth of the game with 11:43 left to extend the Hawks advantage to their largert of the day, 9-5.

Kaileen Spadaro cut the Knights' deficit to three with 11:20 to go but Littleton got it right back for her third of the day with under 11 minutes to go.

With the game in hand, Giarrizzo added MSMC's final goal with 2:55 showing on the clock.

The Hawks finished the game with a slim 35-32 edge in shots. Hartwick picked up 22 grounds balls to the Knights' 20.

Kennedy, Littleton, and defender Erica Scicchitano (Centerport, NY/Harborfields HS) each recorded three grounds balls for Hartwick. Little, Scicchitano, Brittany LaVaute (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles HS), and Kiersten Racela (Latham, NY/Shaker HS) caused two turnovers each.

The Hawks next play on March 10 on the road at SUNY Maritime.


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