Elmira Surges Past Hartwick in Second Half

ONEONTA, NY Hartwick trailed visiting Elmira by just one goal at halftime, 9-8, but the Hawks ran out of steam in the second, as the Soaring Eagles scored the first seven goals of the second half in a 16-10 victory. The Hawks fall to 5-5 overall while Elmira improves to 7-3. Both teams are 1-2 in the Empire 8 Conference.

Seniors Brittany LaVaute (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles HS) and Emily Walsh (Cortland, NY/Cortland HS) combined to total six goals and two assists for Hartwick. LaVaute notched three goals and one assist for an 11-point weekend. Walsh registered a season-high three goals and added one helper.

The Hawks had no answer for Elmira senior Meghan Pass. She finished the game with half of EC's goals with eight tallies on the day. Classmate Lindsey Mitchell added four goals giving the duo 12 of the Soaring Eagles' 16 scores.

The first half featured lots of offense as the two teams combined for 17 goals, including eight in the first 10 minutes. After Walsh put 'Wick up 34 seconds into the contest, Pass scored the next two for EC on free-position shots.

LaVaute tied the score at 2-2, but Pass quickly netted her third of the day after just 4:47. LaVaute would tie the score at 3-3 with 22:45 left in the half only to have the Soaring Eagles rattle off three straight goals to take command. Mitchell scored twice and Marki Michaels added one for EC in a 3:11 span for the 6-3 lead.

The Hawks bounced back with two consecutive goals at 14:48 and 12:15, respectively. Freshman Lisa Littleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown HS) scored first from LaVaute and Walsh netted her second for 'Wick to shave the EC lead to one, 6-5.

Another Elmira spurt would give the visitors their biggest lead up to that point, 12-8. Pass scored with 9:28 left and again with 7:10 left on the clock. Samantha Risi added the Soaring Eagles' 12th tally.

'Wick fought back in the final three minutes to pull within one goal. Walsh scored her third with 2:41 to play in the half and Littleton scored off a Meg Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs HS) feed 40 seconds later. Walsh set up Luce 1:12 before halftime to make the score 9-8.

The opening 20 minutes of the second half was all Elmira. The Soaring Eagles outshot the Hawks by a 13-3 margin as they finished on seven of their opportunities. Pass scored three times, Mitchell tallied twice, and Risi and Marissa Mongillo each scored as EC opened up a 16-8 advantage.

Ali Sisco (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick HS) finally broke the second-half ice for the Hawks with a free-position goal with 8:01 left in the game. LaVaute added her third also on the free-position to cut the lead to six but it was too little too late for Hartwick.

Elmira finished the game with a wide margin in shots, 29-16. The Soaring Eagles registered a slim edge in ground balls, 26-23. Hartwick collected more draw controls taking 17 of the game's 28.

LaVaute earned a game-high five draws for Hartwick to break the 100-mark for her career. She was 3 for 3 on free-position shots and caused a game-high three Soaring Eagle turnovers. Erica Scicchitano (Centerport, NY/Harborfields HS) contributed four draws.

Senior Hannah Kennedy (Avon, CT/Avon HS) tied for a game-high with five ground balls. Sophomore Morgan Galipeau (Bennington, VT/Mount Anthony Union) added four and she caused two turnovers.

Elmira goalkeeper MaryKate Gellerman and Hartwick goalie Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs HS) combined for just 11 saves in the contest. Gellerman saved five shots while Luce picked up six saves.

Hartwick's contest today served as its Lax4Life game. Lax4Life is a national lacrosse campaign to provide and support programs geared toward adolescent and young adult suicide prevention awareness. The Hawks sported Lax4Life t-shirts to raise awareness and collected donations for the organization.

Hartwick next plays on April 14 against Ithaca at 1:00 p.m. at Wright Stadium.

2012-04-07



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