Hartwick vs. Morrisville
May 11, 2011
The Game Story:
Hughes Dials Up Nine Goals to Lead Hawks Past Morrisville in ECAC Tournament

ONEONTA, NY – Sophomore Harry Hughes (Holtsville, NY/Sachem East) tallied nine times to help the Hartwick men’s lacrosse team to a 16-8 victory over Morrisville State in the ECAC Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament play-in game on Wednesday night at Wright Stadium. The Hawks advance to the tournament semifinals on Saturday in Springfield, MA.
Hughes’ nine goals is tied for the most in a game this season in all three divisions of the NCAA. With his sixth tally, he also broke the Hartwick single-season record for goals in a season, previously held by Steve Evans in 1992. He now has 58 goals for the year and also eclipsed the 100-point mark for his two-year career at ’Wick.
The Hawks scored three unanswered goals in the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead after roughly six minutes of action. Freshman Phil Schaefer (Holbrook, NY/Sachem North), who finished the day with three goals and three assists, opened the scoring 3:58 into the game and Hughes scored a pair in an 8-second span for the three-goal edge.
Morrisville answered with two scores 30 second apart later in the period and the two teams traded goals in the final two minutes for a 4-3 Hartwick lead after one quarter.
Thirty seconds into the second quarter, the Mustangs took the lead with two straight tallies. The Hawks, however, would answer with five of the quarter’s final six goals for a 9-6 lead at halftime. Hughes registered three goals, including the record-setter with 6:15 remaining, and Schafer added a pair in the span.
The Hawks extended the lead in the third scoring three more times in the first nine and a half minutes. Hughes scored twice and Bobby Cassidy (Oceanside, NY/Oceanside) tallied for ’Wick as the hosts led 12-6 entering the final 15 minutes.
Morrisville then scored twice with under 11 minutes to play to cut the Hartwick lead to four, 12-8, but the Hawks scored three straight times on the man-advantage in a 2:12 span to put the game away. Joe Shields (Loudonville, NY/Shaker) and Brian Finnegan (East Northport/Northport) each scored and Hughes closed out his day with his ninth goal in the spurt.
Senior Dave Aitchison (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) assisted on all three of the goals to finish the day with six helpers. He now has 147 points to crack the College’s all-time top-10 for career points. In addition, his 86 assists moves him into 6th place in the ’Wick record books in career assists.
Sophomore defender Max Cooper (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville Manlius) closed out the scoring with his first career goal with 1:55 to play. He also accumulated a team-high nine ground balls and caused four Morrisville turnovers.
The Hawks outshot Morrisville 32-28 in the game. They also scored five times on the man-up as Morrisville was whistled for 16 penalties on the day.
The Mustangs were led by Thomas Owens’ three goals. Five other players notched a goal apiece. Mike McGinnis grabbed a game-high 10 ground balls and won 15 face-offs for the visitors.
Hartwick tied for a season-high with 21 caused turnovers. Alex Skvarch (Syracuse, NY/Marcellus) forced a game-best six. Goalkeeper Nick Triano (North Andover, MA/St. Johns Prep), who ended the game with six saves, picked up six ground balls.
With the win, Hartwick improves to 9-8 overall and advances to the ECAC Semifinals where it will play Marywood University. The game will be played at Golden Bear Stadium on the campus of top-seed Western New England College at 4 p.m. The Golden Bears oppose Mitchell College in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m. The championship game is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m.