Hawks Outflown by the Golden Eagles

ONEONTA, NY Junior Meg Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs), sophomore Lisa Littleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown), and freshman Kia Ference (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady) accounted for four second-half goals, but it wasn't enough on Sunday, as visiting Brockport handed Hartwick a 20-4 defeat at Wright Stadium.

The Hawks slip to 4-8 overall on the season with the loss. Brockport, which is just outside the IWLCA national top 20 in the "receiving votes" category, improves to 10-3.

The Golden Eagles scored 11 first-half goals en route to the victory. The Hawks had chances to get on the scoreboard in the first half but Brockport goalkeeper Remle Harr denied them on multiple occasions. She made free-position stops on shots from Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro) and Ally Naja (Gansevoort, NY/South Glens Falls). Jweid had another shot later which was turned away by Harr and Littleton also hit the pipe on a free-position shot.

Littleton would get the Hawks into the scoring column early in the second half with her sixteenth of the year on a free-position shot. Luce then netted two and Ference also tallied in a 10:09 span to cut the deficit to 16-4 before the Golden Eagles tallied four more times in the final five minutes.

Ference's goal gives her 20 in her first season with the Hawks, which also ranks second on the team. Luce netted her seventeenth and eighteenth goal of the year, which is third on the squad.

Kate Purcell (Buffalo, NY/Mt. Mercy Academy) registered a team-high three caused turnovers for Hartwick. She also tied for the team-high with Littleton for ground balls (3). Naja and Littleon each had a pair of caused turnovers and Jweid had a team-best four draws.

Katie Sullivan paced the Golden Eagle attack with six goals. Emily Zartman and Makensie Schuber each had three and Nina Tassone added two goals and three helpers. Sarah Brown had a game-high five assists.

Harr would close the game with four saves in the Brockport cage. Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) made five saves in the opening 47:38 for Hartwick. Freshman April Hargy (Edgartown, MA/Martha's Vineyard) stopped two shots in the final 12:22 of action.

Hartwick stays at home for a pair of Empire 8 Conference games next weekend. The Hawks host Nazareth on Friday, April 19 and St. John Fisher the following day.


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