Alfred vs. Hartwick
March 30, 2002
The Game Story:
ALFRED, NY - The Hartwick College men's lacrosse team opened its Empire 8 Conference schedule with a hard-fought 14-10 victory over Alfred University on Saturday at Merrill Field. Hartwick, which is currently ranked eighth by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), improved to 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.

The Saxons (4-2, 0-1 Empire 8), ranked 19th by the USILA, controlled the ball well in the first half, but had limited scoring opportunities due to an aggressive Hartwick defense, which was led by senior Brant Kasschau and freshman Kyle DeVoe. Alfred held a 4-3 lead after the first quarter, but the Hawks fought back to take a 7-6 lead at halftime. Hartwick increased its lead to 10-8 after three quarters and controlled the ball in the fourth quarter to deny Alfred's comeback attempt.

Senior Ethan Poole scored a game-high four goals, while senior preseason All-American Ross Pino, who leads the Empire 8 Conference in scoring, tallied three goals and three assists for Hartwick. Midfielder Ryan Hoffmeister had two goals and three assists and Ryan Maloney added three goals. Senior tri-captain Bill Luzzi and Brett Raboy had one goal apiece for the Hawks. The Saxons received three goals and two assists from senior midfielder Bryan Bacon. Junior midfielder Steve Douglas netted three goals and sophomore attack Dylan Macro had two goals. Sophomore goaltender Mark Colite had 16 saves in the nets for Hartwick, while senior Kevin Kazmierczak stopped 14 shots for Alfred.