Hartwick Caps Unbeaten Week with Victory at Cazenovia

CAZENOVIA, NY It took a while for the Hartwick-Cazenovia game to actually be played, but in the end the Hawks came away with an 18-11 victory over the Wildcats Sunday evening. The victory is Hartwick's second straight, and it improves to 3-3 on the campaign.

The game, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was wiped out due to a winter storm which hit the central New York area and rescheduled for Sunday. Today, the game was delayed nearly two hours after a scheduling error with the officials.

After the game finally got underway, Hartwick jumped out in front quickly with two tallies in the first 46 seconds and led for the duration of the contest.

For the second straight game, sophomore Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro) paced Hartwick as she netted a career-high six goals. She also accounted for a career-best 10 draw controls on the day. Junior Kate Purcell (Buffalo, NY/Mount Mercy Academy), who was playing in only her second career game, registered three goals and an assist. Sophomore Jackie Moynihan (West Islip, NY/West Islip) scored a career-high three goals and contributed one assist. Classmate Lisa Littleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) also had a career-high four goals.

Freshman Ally Naja (Gansevoort, NY/South Glens Falls) would put Hartwick in front after only 32 seconds with a goal set up by Jweid. Purcell added the first of her three goals just 14 seconds later to give the Hawks a 2-0 edge.

After Alicia Priest scored the first of her team-high five goals on the day at 24:04 for the Wildcats, Jweid scored twice in the next 42 seconds to make it a 4-1 game. Priest would add a second goal but 'Wick netted three straight goals from Jweid, Kate O'Shea (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood), and Moynihan, respectively, and the Hawks' lead grew to five, 7-2.

Both teams traded a pair of goals over a 3:06 span with Jweid and Littleton finding the net for the Hawks. Kim Vrigian cut the lead to four for Caz at 9-5 with a little over 11 minutes left in the first half, but three consecutive goals for the Hawks would widen the gap. Lilttleton would register a pair and Purcell finished off Hartwick's twelfth goal with 3:06 left. A late Caz goal made the score 12-6 Hartwick at halftime.

The hosts outscored 'Wick 2-1 over the opening 14 and a half minutes of the second half as the Hawks stayed in front by a comfortable margin. Both teams traded goals over a 3:30 span as the Wildcats trimmed the deficit to five for the third time of the half with less than 12 minutes remaining. Jweid's sixth score of the game, however, made the score 16-10 and Purcell and Moynihan added goals 14 seconds apart with under three and half minutes to play to seal the victory.

Hartwick outshot the Wildcats 35-23 in the contest. The Hawks held a 33-24 advantage in ground balls.

For the game, Jweid would corral 10 of Hartwick's 21 draws as the Hawks would hold a 21-8 edge. Purcell and Moynhihan would each contribute three. They would also tie for a game-high with six ground balls apiece. Littleton and Naja each grabbed four.

Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) and April Hargy (Edgartown, MA/Martha's Vineyard) split time in goal for the second straight game. Luce stopped four shots in the first half with Hargy making three stops in the second.

Vrigian and Abby Webster each scored a pair of goals for Cazenovia to compliment Priest's five tallies. Priest and Christina Marra each had four ground balls. Marra also made 10 saves in the Wildcat cage.

Hartwick will look for its third win in a row on Wednesday night. The Hawks play at Keuka College at 7:00 p.m.


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