No. 19 St. John Fisher Grounds the Hawks

ONEONTA, NY- Nineteenth-ranked St. John Fisher (9-3, 4-1 E8) scored the game's opening six goals en route to a 19-6 victory over Hartwick in Empire 8 lacrosse on Sunday at Wright Stadium.

Hartwick, which slips to 5-9 overall and 0-5 in conference play, received two goals apiece from senior Ali Sisco (Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick) and junior Lisa Littleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown).

Cardinals Taylor Hughes, Samantha Barton, Erin Ward, and Bridget Alberts combined for 13 goals on the day. Hughes led the way with four scores and Barton, Ward, and Alberts each had three.

Barton, Hughes, and Alberts each scored twice for Fisher's first six goals in the opening 12:20 of the game. Sisco got the Hawks on the scoreboard at 16:42 off a feed from Kia Ference (Schenectady, NY/Schenectady). After Ward tallied the Cardinals' seventh goal, Sisco fired back for Hartwick with her twenty-fourth goal of the season.

Fisher would grab an eight goal lead as Ward scored twice and Emily Bryerton added one in a 3:56 span before Lauren Rosenberg (Smithtown, NY/Commack) netted her thirty-ninth goal of the year from Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro) with 5:34 left in the half. The visitors would score three more times in the final 4:41 of the period for a 13-3 advantage at halftime.

St. John Fisher scored four goals in the first 10:24 of the second half to increase its lead. The Hawks would get three of the final five goals of the contest. Littleton tallied from Ference at 16:27 and then netted an unassisted goal with 2:33 showing on the clock. Jweid picked up her twentieth tally of the season with 11 ticks left to close out the day's scoring.

Fisher would finish the game with a 33-10 edge in shots. The Cardinals also led in ground balls, 24-15, and draw controls, 21-5.

Hartwick defenders Mandy Van Auken (Altamont, NY/Guilderland), Kiersten Racela (Latham, NY/Shaker), and Morgan Galipeau (Bennington, VT/Mount Anthony Union) each registered three ground balls. Galipeau and Meagan Wright (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) each caused two turnovers with Wright and Sisco grabbing two draws apiece.

Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) had six saves in the opening 40 minutes in Hartwick's cage. April Hargy (Edgartown, MA/Martha's Vineyard) played the final 20 minutes in goal for 'Wick.

Caroline Trpcevski and Nicole Hart combined for three saves for St. John Fisher.

Hartwick and St. John Fisher played today to help raise awareness and financial support for children in impoverished areas, particularly in the city of San Pedro, Costa Rica. Two Hartwick juniors - Jweid and Steph DiPreta (Franklin Square, NY/H. Frank Carey) traveled to San Pedro during Hartwick's J-Term and worked directly with the children from the area, teaching them the game of lacrosse.

Both teams wore t-shirts during their pre-game warm-up, with the front design created by the children of San Pedro and their signatures on the back. Hartwick team members and staff accepted donations throughout the day, which will benefit both the children of San Pedro and Beyond, an organization which will use the funds to purchase new equipment to increase and enhance their athletic opportunities.

Hartwick returns to action next Saturday, April 19 against #15 Ithaca College. Game time is slated for a 12:00 p.m. start.


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