BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- No. 19 Hartwick College arguably saved its best games of the year to the Western Division Championship tournament as the Hawks sank Gannon University, 19-4, and No. 10 University of Maryland, 8-7, to reach the Western Division Championship game at Indiana University.
Against Maryland in the semifinals, Lily Martinez scored with 1:15 left in third quarter and the Hartwick defense blocked a potential game-tying goal as the Hawks held on for a one-goal win.
Martinez and Lisa Bass both scored twice to lead the Hawks. Sasha Freeborn, Jemma Dendy Young, Allison Kosich and Kamila Zakirova all had one goal.
Haley Cox made 10 saves in goal for the Hawks.
Simone Lewis led the Terrapins with three goals. Allison Campbell, Rebecca Gerrity, Molly Ruth and Nicole Tobin all scored once.
Taylor Reyes stopped seven shots for the Terrapins.
Dendy Young scored first for Hartwick in the first quarter. Lewis would score twice for Maryland and Tobin added a goal to give the Terrapins a 3-1 lead with 1:11 left in the first. Freeborn would add a skip-shot score to make it a 3-2 game heading into the second quarter of play.
Both teams would exchange goals in the second quarter and Maryland would hold a 5-4 advantage at halftime.
In the third quarter, Zakirova would score to tie the game at 5-all just 50 seconds in. Kosich would find the back of the net with 5:52 left in the period to give the Hawks a 6-5 lead. With three minutes left in the quarter, Bass would score on the 6-on-5 advantage to give Hartwick a 7-5 lead. After a power play goal by Maryland's Campbell, Martinez would respond with her second goal of the game on a power play and the Hawks held an 8-6 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, a goal by Lewis with 5:51 left in the game made it an 8-7 Hawks lead. The score would remain the same for the remainder of the quarter as both teams played stout defense. With 10 seconds left on the clock, the Terrapins had a shot to tie the game but the attempt was blocked and the Hawks pulled out the upset.
The win gives Hartwick a 25-10 record overall. It is the ninth straight 25 win season under head coach Alan Huckins.
In the morning match against Gannon, Bass and Jemma Dendy Young scored four times to lead Hartwick. Lara Dendy Young and Anna Zdolsek had two goals. Alyssa Analytis, Sami Capparelli, Freeborn, Shannon Leonard, Natalie Seabourn and Zakirova all had one goal each.
Cox stopped two shots in goal. Guia Carlini had six saves in relief.
Colleen Harbinger led the Golden Knights with two goals. Molly Andrews and Katelyn Jacobs both scored once.
Janelle Bartman had seven saves in goal for Gannon.
The Hawks scored back-to-back goals by Lara and Jemma Dendy Young to open the contest and give Hartwick a 2-0 lead in the first quarter. Analytis would score from the post and Bass scored on a skip shot goal as Hartwick led 4-1 after one quarter of play.
Hartwick scored on four possessions in the second quarter and had an 8-1 lead with just under a minute left till the half. Gannon added their second goal of the game with just seconds remaining and Hartwick went into halftime with an 8-2 lead.
The Hawks reeled off nine unanswered goals in the third quarter to lead 17-2.
Hartwick started off the fourth quarter with Bass' fourth score of the game and Hartwick ahead 18-2. Gannon did score twice more to make it an 18-4 contest. Lara Dendy Young would complete the scoring in the game with a backhanded goal with 2:15 left to play.
Release courtesy Hartwick Athletic Communications