Fisher Tops Hartwick in Empire 8 Action

ONEONTA, NY Defending Empire 8 champion St. John Fisher downed Hartwick on Saturday by a final count of 20-3. The Cardinals improve to 11-3 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The Hawks drop to 4-10 and 1-5.

Freshman Kia Ference (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady) paced the Hawks with two goals and an assist on the day. Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro) also tallied for 'Wick.

Fisher scored the game's first five goals before the 10-minute mark. The Hawks then had three chances to get on the scoreboard. Two shots from seniors Kate O'Shea (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) and Erin Doyle (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran), however, were stopped by Fisher starting keeper Nicole Hart. The Cardinals answered with four tallies in a 1:46 span to take command.

Ference netted her first of the day with 13:21 left in the half on a free-position shot. She would add her second with 1:06 left in the period. She now has 23 tallies on the season.

The visitors scored six times in the second half before Ference set up Jweid in front of cage with 4:21 left to play. Jweid then beat Cardinal keeper Caroline Trpcevski for her team-best twenty-sixth goal of the season.

Fisher held a 28-14 edge in shots in the contest. It also secured 16 draws to Hartwick's nine. The Hawks won the ground ball battle over the Cardinals by a margin of 26-23.

Sophomore Caroline Stanford (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles) had a game-high six ground balls for Hartwick. She also tied with freshman defender Mandy Van Auken (Altamont, NY/Guilderland) for the team-high in caused turnovers with two.

Senior Lindsay Zweigenhaft (Islip, NY/Islip) and sophomore Lisa Littleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) each grabbed three ground balls. O'Shea had the team-high in draws with two.

Samantha Barton scored four goals to lead Fisher. Melissa Leonhard added three goals and two assists and Taylor Hughes contributed two goals and three helpers.

Hart, Molly Naylon, and Caroline Trpcevski combined for eight saves in the Fisher cage.

Hartwick's April Hargy (Edgartown, MA/Martha's Vineyard) stopped four shots for 'Wick.

The game marked the final home contest in a Hartwick uniform for Doyle, Zweigenhaft, and O'Shea.

The Hawks will close out their season next Saturday at #13 Ithaca at 1:00 p.m.


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