Hawks Drop Heartbreaker to Elmira

ELMIRA, NY- Hartwick led 15-13 late but three straight Elmira goals in the final 5:44 of action, including the game-winner with 25 seconds left, lifted to the Soaring Eagles to a 16-15 victory in Empire 8 action on Friday evening at Elmira Free Academy. The loss drops Hartwick's overall record to 4-6 and 0-2 in the Empire 8 Conference. EC improves to 4-4 and 1-1.

Elmira led for only 1:04 of action in the game and came up with some timely saves in the closing stages to pull out the win. The Hawks tied a season-high with 16 goals and they converted on 15 of their 24 shots in the game for a shooting percentage of .625.

Senior Ali Sisco (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick) and freshman Lauren Rosenberg (Smithtown, NY/Commack) combined for 10 goals to power the Hawks. Sisco scored five times and dished out two assists with Rosenberg also adding five tallies. Junior Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro) added two goals and an assist.

Sisco's fifth goal gave Hartwick a15-13 edge with 11:50 remaining in the game but neither team was able to register a shot for the next six minutes. Kelsey Quail scored on an 8-meter attempt for Elmira with 5:44 to bring the hosts to within one, 15-14. One minute, three seconds later, Marissa Mongillo scored her fourth goal of the game on a free-position effort to tie the score.

Following a timeout, the Hawks won the draw and had a pair of shots with just over two and a half minutes left. EC goalie LeAnna Pressler, who had not made a save for the Soaring Eagles in over 43 minutes in the game, came up with two stops on Jweid, including an 8-meter shot, to keep the game level.

Elmira had a good chance with 1:22 to play but Natalie Robinson hit the crossbar keeping it 15-all. The Soaring Eagles called timeout with a minute remaining and then earned a free-position shot with 25 ticks to go. EC's Moorea Spoljaric finished off the attempt to put the Purple and Gold in front to stay. The Soaring Eagles grabbed the ensuing draw and ran out the remaining clock to preserve the win.

The Hawks were looking for their first victory over Elmira since 2007. In the last seven games, four have been decided by a single goal.

The game was close throughout with six tie scores and three lead changes. Hartwick either led or the score was tied for the opening 30 minutes. With the score knotted at four, 'Wick took command with a four-goal rally to open up an 8-4 advantage. Sisco scored twice with Jweid and Lisa Littleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown) each scoring, all within 1:57 of each other, to open up the big margin.

Elmira, however, rallied for three goals of its own in the next six and a half minutes to close the gap to one and the two teams then traded goals over the final 1:18 for a 9-8 lead for Hartwick at halftime.

After an early Sisco tally in the second half, Elmira rattled off four of the next five goals to take its first lead, 12-11, with 17:12 to play in the game. Meagan Wright (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac), Rosenberg, and Jweid answered with three consecutive tallies for 'Wick in a 50-second span to put the Blue and White up 14-12.

The Soaring Eagles netted their 13th of the game at 12:13 with Sisco coming right back 23 seconds later. But Elmira would rally in the final 5:44 to secure the win.

The hosts out-shot 'Wick 35-24 in the game. The Soaring Eagles held a slim edge in ground balls, 18-17, with Hartwick holding the advantage in draws, 18-17.

Wright would add a game- and career-high 10 draws in the game to go along with her tally. Kia Ference (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady) contributed a goal and two assists for 'Wick.

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2014-03-28



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