Hawks Fall from Unbeaten Ranks to No. 17 Oneonta

ONEONTA, NY Hartwick played local rival Oneonta to a 2-2 deadlock over through the opening 12 minutes, but the Red Dragons used a nine-goal run over the next 23 minutes in a 17-6 victory at Wright Stadium Tuesday evening. The loss was the first for the Hawks (2-1) in 2014. Oneonta, ranked 17th in the latest IWLCA poll, improves to 4-0.

Senior Ali Sisco (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick) and junior Lisa Littleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) scored for the Hawks in the early going but Kiera McNally, who finished the day with a game-high five goals, would score three of four Red Dragon goals in a 12 and a half minute span and Oneonta led at halftime 9-2.

Two tallies eighteen seconds apart early in the second half grew the advantage to nine until Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro) answered for 'Wick on a free-position shot at 22:45. Oneonta gained one back but Kia Ference (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady) scored on an eight-meter effort to trim the deficit to eight once again.

Oneonta would answer as Catherine Clark netted two of three straight Red Dragons goals in a 1:32 span to put the visitors up 15-4. After close to five minutes, Meg Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) and Ference scored goals to bring the Hawks' total to six, but Oneonta registered the final two goals in the last 1:56 for the final score line.

Junior defender Caroline Stanford (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles) registered a game-high four caused turnovers and a team-best six ground balls for Hartwick. Mandy Van Auken (Altamont, NY/Guilderland) and goalie Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) each grabbed four ground balls and Kiersten Racela (Latham, NY/Shaker) contributed three. Meagan Wright (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) had the team-high in draws with four.

Clark finished with three goals for the Red Dragons. Nikki Fioretti and Nicole Boylan each would score two. Stefanie Rodriguez earned a game-high eight ground balls.

The visitors held a 40-14 edge in shots. They also secured 36 ground balls to the Hawks' 24. 'Wick had more draws in the game by a margin of 14-11.

In goal, Steph Luce came away with 10 saves. Amanda Reichardt (4) and Laura Grose (3) combined for seven saves in the Oneonta cage.

Hartwick stays home for its next game on Friday, March 7. The Hawks host another SUNYAC foe in Buffalo State at Wright Stadium at 4:00 p.m.


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