Hawks Can't Weather the Visiting Storm

ONEONTA, NY Hartwick out-shot visiting Keuka by a 33-30 margin but came up short on the scoreboard, as the Storm came away with a 16-9 victory. With the defeat, the Hawks fall to 3-3 overall, while Keuka improves to 2-0.

Senior midfielder Hannah Kennedy (Avon, CT/Avon HS) scored five of the Hawks' nine goals in the game. She now has 11 tallies in the last two Hartwick contests, accounting for 64% of the team's goal scoring. Sophomores Brittany McCabe (Manorville, NY/Eastport-South Manor HS), Meg Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs HS) and senior Brittany LaVaute (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles HS) each notched a goal and an assist for 'Wick.

Six members of the Storm did all the damage offensively, led by Taylor Smith's four goals and one assist. Jennifer Burt and Kay Kostuk each scored three times for the visitors.

Keuka keeper Molly Hogan frustrated the Hawks' offense throughout the game as she stopped eight shots in each half for 16 saves total. Hartwick goalie Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs HS) made 10 saves.

The two teams battled to a 2-2 tie through the opening 17 minutes of the game before three straight tallies in a 2:23 span would give the Storm the upper hand. Kennedy handed Hartwick a 1-0 lead 4:23 into the game with Emily Walsh (Cortland, NY/Cortland HS) dishing out the assist.

Kay Kostuk answered 1:57 later and Maggie Bonafede made it 2-1 Keuka with just under 23 minutes left in the half. McCabe then set up junior Erin Doyle (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran HS) who beat Hogan to tie the score at the midway point of the half.

Goals from Burt, Smith, and Bonafede made it a 5-2 affair before the Hawks and Storm traded goals for the remainder of the half. McCabe scored from Meg Luce for 'Wick. Smith answered 10 seconds later for Keuka.

Kennedy scored her second of the day with 6:02 remaining and Olivia Hudson closed out the half for Keuka with a goal at 4:05. Kennedy capped her third goal with 28 ticks to go and the Hawks trailed 7-5 after 30 minutes.

Two quick scores 1:30 into the second half extended the Storm's lead to four, 9-5. LaVaute and Burt traded free-position goals for their respective teams in a 1:44 span. Kennedy then netted her fourth of the day off a LaVaute feed to trim the deficit to three, 10-7, with 24:58 to play.

Hartwick had two chances to get closer over the next five minutes but both were turned away by Hogan. Walsh had a free-position shot saved and Hogan stuffed Carly Newman (Seaford, NY/Seaford HS) from in close to keep it a three-goal game.

After Smith made it 11-7 Keuka with her third goal, Meg Luce tallied on the free-position for the Hawks. 'Wick would win the ensuing draw but turned it over and the Storm would march down the field and score on a Kostuk free-position goal. Twenty-one second later, Tatiana Pena added to Keuka's total and 'Wick trailed 13-8.

Smith's final goal with 13:17 left gave the Storm its largest lead of the game up to that point, 14-8. Kennedy got one back with 11 minutes left but that would be as close as the Hawks would get as the visitors tacked on two late goals for the final 16-9 score line.

Hartwick doubled up Keuka in ground balls, 20-10. The Storm held the edge in draws, 16-11.

Smith accumulated a game-high six draw controls for Keuka and Kaycee Maguire added four. Freshman Morgan Hall (Sloatsburg, NY/Suffern HS) had a team-best three draws for the Hawks.

Sophomore defender Morgan Galipeau (Bennington, VT/Mount Anthony Union) grabbed a game-high six ground balls and caused a game-high two turnovers for Hartwick. Kennedy added four ground balls for 'Wick. Hogan registered five GB's for the Storm.

The Hawks will look to get back on track on Thursday at Wright Stadium. The Hawks host Cazenovia at 4:00 p.m.

2012-03-27



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