Hartwick opens Empire 8 Play in dominant fashion after Gagnon’s hat-trick

Field hockey | 17.09.2022 19:12:00

ONEONTA, NY – The Falcons scored early and scored often on their way to a 7-2 rout of visiting St. John Fisher Cardinals in Empire 8 steps of two teams. The loss snapped St. Louis’ 24-game winning streak.


  • Final result: 7 Hartwick, St. John Fisher 2
  • Location: Oneonta, NY
  • Registrations: Hartwick (2-3, 1-0 E8), St. John Fisher (0-5, 0-1 E8)


  • Holly Calore (Rocky Point, NY) started the Hawks’ offense for the second straight game, redirecting Julie Ruzzi’s (High Falls, NY) shot from the top of the circle into the back of the cage.
  • Sydney Gagnon (Chestertown, NY) scored her first goal of the game thanks to Leah Tolley (Pittsford, NY) who finished a shot off the keeper’s pads and found Gagnon alone near the left post for the goal.
  • St. John Fisher responded, scoring with no time left in the first quarter.
  • Gagnon struck again with just over a minute left in the half when she came up on a breakaway for her second goal of the game.
  • Gagnon picked up where he left off, chipping in his third goal of the game and the Hawks’ fourth just over two minutes into the second half. Ruzzi got the assist after slipping a pass to Gagnon.
  • Libby Fortin (State College, Pa.) gave Hartwick a 5-1 advantage, sinking a free kick.
  • After assisting on two scores, Ruzzi found the back of the cage himself with thirty seconds left in the third quarter with a blast from the top of the circle.
  • Rounding out the scoring for Hartwick was Jessica Betts (South Glens Falls, NY) who fired one inside the left post off a lofted pass from Ashley Tricarico (Hopewell Junction, NY).
  • St. John Fisher scored his second late in the fourth quarter, but it wouldn’t matter as the Hawks finished the game with a 7-2 win.


Hartwick will take a short break from the Empire 8 show, traveling to Union for a midweek contest at 6pm on Wednesday, September 21.

Members of the Empire 8 Conference are committed first and foremost to the pursuit of academic excellence, and the league is considered an outstanding NCAA Division III conference. The membership has distinguished itself among its group for quality institutions, lively and sporting competition, exceptional services and highly ethical policies and practices. Its commitment to serving the educational needs of its student-athletes is the hallmark of E8. For more on Empire 8 visit www.empire8.com.

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