Hartwick Erupts for 18 Goals in Empire 8 Win at Alfred

ALFRED, NY Sophomore Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro), freshman Kia Ference (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady), junior Meg Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs), and sophomore Lisa Littleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown HS) combined for 15 goals on Saturday as Hartwick won its first Empire 8 game of the season, 18-12, over Alfred.

The Hartwick offense, which totaled only 11 goals over the last two games, exploded for 18 on the day. The Hawks also tied a season-high with a team shooting percentage of 51% and were 6 of 10 on free-position shots in the game.

Jweid would pace the Hawks' attack with five goals and one assist. She would also grab a game-high nine draw controls. Ference added four scores with Luce and Littleton both tallying three times in the contest.

Senior Erin Doyle (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran) and sophomores Jackie Moynihan (West Islip, NY/West Islip) and Caroline Stanford (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles) also tallied for 'Wick. Senior Lindsay Zweigenhaft (Islip, NY/Islip) picked up an assist.

Hartwick improves to 4-5 on the season and 1-1 in the Empire 8 Conference. The Saxons fall to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the league.

The Hawks came out strong scoring three goals inside of four minutes for a quick 3-0 advantage. Doyle, Littleton, and Stanford accounted for the 'Wick goals and it looked as if the Hawks would cruise.

Alfred had other ideas as it ripped off five straight goals over a 4:41 span to storm back for a 5-3 lead. Kaitlyn Button and Ali Garcia each had two goals in the spurt for the Saxons.

Jweid answered at 16:02 but Ashley White made it 6-4 twenty-eight seconds later. The Hawks would then score four straight goals in 3:41 to retake the lead for good.

Jweid scored on a free-position shot and Moynihan did the same in a man-down situation to knot the score at 6-6. Jweid gave her squad the lead with Zweigenhaft earning the assist with 9:29 remaining in the half and Ference scored her first of the day to give the Hawks a two-goal cushion.

Ference wasn't done as she would end up scoring four times in the final 8:42 of the first half. She tallied at 6:46, 3:53, and again with 18 ticks to go as the Hawks hit halftime up 11-8.

Both teams traded two goals apiece in the opening four minutes of the second half. Jweid and Littleton scored for Hartwick with Button netting both of the Saxon goals.

'Wick would shut down the Alfred attack over the next 21 minutes of action, allowing zero goals. The Hartwick offense tacked on five more scores in the meantime to open up an eight-goal lead, 18-10.

Luce scored two straight at 22:59 and 20:45. Littleton tallied her thirteenth of the season midway through the half and Jweid topped off her five-goal day with her team-best twenty-third goal of the year with just over 10 minutes left on the clock. Luce closed out Hartwick's scoring with her fourteenth of the campaign before AU scored a pair late to make the final score line.

The Hawks held the advantage in shots (35-26) and draws (19-13) over Alfred today. The Saxons edged 'Wick in ground balls, 25-24.

Junior Kate Purcell (Buffalo, NY/Mount Mercy Academy) led Hartwick in both ground balls (4) and caused turnovers (3) on the afternoon. Luce, Zweigenhaft, Moynihan, Littleton, and Kate O'Shea (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) contributed three ground balls apiece.

Button had seven points with four goals and three assists for Alfred. Garcia added four goals and an assist and White contributed three scores.

Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) recorded seven saves in the Hawks' cage. Taylor Tarajos stopped 10 Hartwick shots in the AU goal.

Hartwick is back in action tomorrow afternoon in another Empire 8 Conference game. The Hawks play at Elmira College beginning at 12:00 p.m.


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