Hartwick Takes One-Goal Win at Marywood

SCRANTON, PA Two up, two down for Hartwick. The Hawks earned a narrow 6-5 non-conference victory at Marywood (1-1) on a frigid Tuesday night in Scranton, PA. The Hawks trailed briefly in the first half but rattled off the next four goals in the period to take control. The Pacers fought back to a one-goal deficit twice but could get no closer as the Hawks hung on for the win.

"Today was a tough game," said Hartwick head coach Jackie Rutkowski. "It was very cold and hard to control possession, which you could notice across the entire field. Defensively, Kirsten Racela (Latham, NY/Shaker), Mandy Van Auken (Altamont, NY/Guilderland), Caroline Stanford (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles) and Morgan Galipeau (Bennington, VT/Mount Anthony Union) all played with high intensity and Meagan Wright (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) was able to knock down many passes and impact in the transition."

Wright and Ali Sisco (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick) each tallied twice for the Hawks. Lauren Rosenberg (Smithtown, NY/Commack HS) and Ally Naja (Gansevoort, NY/South Glens Falls) each tallied once.

"The attack had a hard time settling down but once we did we had a lot of success breaking their defense," Rukowski added.

Sarah Coughy, who finished the night with a game-high four goals, opened the scoring for Marywood at the 21:30 mark of the first half. It took the Hawks 36 second to tie it, however, as Naja tallied to even the score.

The game remained 1-1 for the next 10 and a half minutes until Wright scored from Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro) to put Hartwick up for keeps. The Hawks would get insurance goals late in the half to increase the lead as Wright netted her second with 38 ticks left and Rosenberg followed it up 31 seconds later to give the Hawks a 4-1 lift into the intermission.

The Pacers applied the pressure in the beginning of the second half. After goalkeeper Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs HS) denied two Pacer shots early, Caughy and Kathy DiGiacomo tallied 16 seconds apart to cut the Marywood deficit to one, 4-3, with 26:58 left in the match.

Sisco answered to give the Hawks some breathing room 3:42 later. She would make it a 6-3 game 4:10 after her first goal.

Caughy would score her third of the night at 14:55 to trim the Hartwick lead to two, 6-4. The Pacers continued to pressure the Hartwick cage but Luce kept them out with four saves in the next 10 minutes of action. Caughy finally got one past her with 5:55 remaining to make it a one-goal game.

Luce would deny Caughy 29 seconds later when she had a chance to tie the score. The Hawks would control the final five minutes as they out-shot the Pacers by a 4-1 margin. Marywood had one last chance with 3:27 left but Kim Commisso's eight-meter shot went wide of the target.

Rutkowski praised Luce for her efforts. She finished with 13 saves in the game and a save percentage of .722.

"Steph really stepped up her game today," said Rutkowski. "She was just on. She was great on 8-meter shots and played strong throughout the entire game. She saved us."

Luce and Van Auken tied for a team-high with three ground balls for Hartwick. Jweid grabbed a game-best six draw controls and Kia Ference (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady) caused three turnovers for 'Wick.

Hartwick is off for one week. The Hawks return to Wright Stadium on Tuesday, March 4 when they host local rival Oneonta State at 4:00 p.m.


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