Hartwick Prevails Over Marywood in Home Opener

ONEONTA, NY Junior Meg Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) registered career-highs of five goals and seven points to power Hartwicks to its first win of the season, 14-11, over visiting Marywood on Friday evening at Wright Stadium. The Hawks are now 1-1 on the season.

Hartwick, which led for all but the first 2:46 of the contest, held five-goal leads on three separate occasions. The Pacers, however, refused to go down quietly as they pulled to within one twice. Kathy DiGiacomo's goal with 4:55 left in the game cut the deficit to 12-11, but goals from senior Kate O'Shea (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) and sophomore Jackie Moynihan (West Islip, NY/West Islip) in the final 4:11 put the game away for 'Wick.

Luce led the Hawks with five goals and two assists. Moynihan scored twice and dished out two assists. O'Shea and sophomore Lisa Littleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) each tallied twice for the Hawks.

Kim Commisso scored five times and added an assist to lead Marywood. Stacy Griffing contributed a goal and two assists with five other Pacers also figuring into the scoring.

Hartwick started off strong scoring five times in the opening 17:27 for a 5-0 lead. Luce would score three times with Littleton adding two in the span.

Luce opened the scoring at 27:04 with an unassisted tally. She then set up Littleton after 6:41 for a two-goal advantage. Just 14 ticks later, Littleton converted a free-position shot for the Hawks' third goal. Luce then tallied twice in two minutes and 14 seconds with Moynihan and sophomore Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro HS) earning assists for the 5-0 edge.

Marywood (0-2) finally got on the scoreboard with under 10 minutes left in the half on a Commisso score. She tallied again with 7:39 left to make the score 5-2.

Moynihan and O'Shea answered with unassisted goals for Hartwick, but the Pacers would score the final three goals of the half with under 3:46 left to pull to within two goals, 7-5, at the half.

The Hawks entered the second half with a two-player advantage, only to have the Pacers inch closer with a man-down goal after 54 seconds to cut the Hartwick lead to one, 7-6.

Hartwick responded with four straight goals over a 4:10 period to up its lead to five, 11-6. Luce accounted for two of the Hawks' goals. Freshman Kia Ference (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady) scored from classmate Ally Naja (Gansevoort, NY/South Glens Falls) and Jweid added a free-position tally.

With just over 13 minutes remaining, the Pacers would begin to mount a comeback. Amanda Khozouri and Commisso would each score to trim the margin to three with 12:31 to play.

Jweid tallied for 'Wick at 10:37 and it appeared the Hawks were comfortably in front. The Pacers, however, scored at 7:20, 5:11, and again with 4:55 remaining to close the gap to a single goal, 12-11.

Forty-four seconds later, though, O'Shea countered off a nice feed from Moynihan to give the Hawks some breathing room. Moynihan then finished off the scoring from Luce with 2:07 showing on the clock to seal the win for 'Wick.

The Hawks held large advantages in both shots (38-19) and ground balls (33-18). They also held the edge in draws (16-11) and forced 15 Pacer turnovers in the game.

Jweid (7), Moynihan (5), and Littleton (4) accounted for all 16 of Hartwick's draws. Littleton and goalkeeper Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) tied for a team-high with four ground balls.

Senior defender Lindsay Zweigenhaft (Islip, NY/Islip) caused a game-high four turnovers for the Hawks. She also grabbed three ground balls.

Commisso had the game-high in ground balls with five for Marywood. She also secured five draw controls.

Steph Luce ended the game with five saves in goal for the Hawks. Marywood's Leigha Dolcemascolo stop eight shots.

The Hawks are off until Tuesday, March 5 when they travel to Oneonta State for a 4:00 p.m. game.


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