Hartwick Falls in Shootout with Salve Regina

ONEONTA, NY- Hartwick opened its 2014 season against Salve Regina at Wright Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks rallied late in the fourth quarter but came up short in the end as visiting Salve Regina came away with a 17-11 victory. The Seahawks stay unbeaten at 4-0 while Hartwick starts at 0-1.

Zach Gropper (Syosset, NY/Syosset) led the way for the Hawks with a career-high six goals. Cody Ciolino (Nesconset, NY/Sachem North) added two scores. Roy Simmons (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius), Cody Petillo (Holbrook, NY/Sachem North), and Mike Vaglica (Newton, MA/Newton North) all had one goal each. Vaglica also assisted on three scores.

Michael Rourke (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) made his first career start in goal and stopped 22 shots. Luke Tetrault (Lynnfield, MA/Austin Prep) came in and played the final 8:13 and did not record a save.

The Seahawks scored the game's first goal less than one minute into the first period on Curtis McKeon's first goal of the day. Later in the quarter with 6:09 showing on the clock, Chad Hollenshade scored unassisted to make it 2-0 Seahawks.

Hartwick would answer back in the second quarter on goals by Ciolino and Gropper to even the game at 2-2 at 11:39. 'Wick had an opportunity to take its first lead when Hollenshade was called for a one minute unsportsmanlike conduct and Nick LoCicero was given a 30 second delay of game penalty. The result was the opposite as LoCicero assisted Sharp Jones on a man-down score to put Salve Regina ahead 3-2 at 5:36. The Seahawk went ahead 4-2 on a man-up goal at 4:56 and added an even score at 2:22. Gropper got one back for the Hawks as the game stood at 5-3 in Salve Regina's favor at halftime.

The Seahawks jumped out to a 6-3 lead 10 seconds into the third stanza on McKeon's second score of the afternoon. Hartwick regrouped and gained some momentum with three goals in less than two minutes to knot the game up at 6-all with 9:22 remaining in the quarter. The Seahawks ran off five straight scores, however, to surge ahead 11-6 at the end of three. The Seahawks were decked with three unsportsmanlike penalties heading into the final quarter to give 'Wick extra-man opportunities.

The Hawks took advantage of the short-handed Seahawks as Gropper tallied his fifth goal of the day on an assist from Vaglica 10 seconds into the fourth period to get Hartwick to within four goals. Salve Regina rattled off three scores to go on top 14-7 with 8:13 left to play. 'Wick would not go down without a fight as goals from Gropper, Petillo, Simmons, and Ciolino narrowed the Hawks' deficit to three goals with 4:04 remaining on the game clock. It would be as close as Hartwick would get as the Seahawks tacked on three goals in the final 2:48 to claim the win.

The Seahawks were led by Hollenshade's five goals. McKeon, James Fee, and Jones all had hat tricks. LoCicero, Dan Parks and Billy Sampson scored once each.

Andrew Watkins stopped 18 shots in goal to pick up the win. Brian Farina played the final 1:03 and did not record a save.

The game was quite chippy as there were a total of 27 penalties called. The Hawks led in shots, 51-49. The Seahawks had the lead in groundballs, 40-31.

Salve Regina won 17 face-offs to seven for Hartwick. The Seahawks were 5 of 13 on the extra man to just 2 of 14 for 'Wick.

Hartwick returns to Wright Stadium on Tuesday afternoon when it hosts cross-city rival Oneonta State. Game time will be at 4:00 p.m.

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ONEOTA, N.Y. Senior Chad Hollenshade (Lutherville, Md.) had a season-high five goals as he led Salve Regina to a 17-11 win over Hartwick, Saturday afternoon. The win for the Seahawks keeps them perfect on the season at 4-0, while the Hawks slip to 0-1 to start the year.

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