Hartwick Opens Empire 8 Play in Dominant Fashion behind Gagnon’s Hat-trick

Field Hockey | 9/17/2022 7:12:00 PM

ONEONTA, NY – The Hawks scored early and scored often on their way to a 7-2 rout of the visiting St. John Fisher Cardinals in both team’s Empire 8 openers. The loss snapped St. John Fisher’s 24-game winning streak against E8 foes in regular season league play dating back to 2018.


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


  • Holly Calore (Rocky Point, NY) jumpstarted the Hawks offense for the second game in a row, redirecting Julie Ruzzi’s (High Falls, NY) shot from the top of the circle into the back of the cage.
  • Sydney Gagnon (Chestertown, NY) picked up her first goal of the game thanks to Leah Tolley (Pittsford, NY) who corralled a rebound off of the keeper’s pads and found Gagnon all alone by the left post for the goal.
  • St. John Fisher battled back, scoring with no time remaining in the first quarter.
  • Gagnon struck again with just over a minute left before half when she got out on a breakaway for her second goal of the game.
  • Gagnon picked up right where she left off, putting away her third goal of the game and the Hawks’ fourth just over two minutes into the second half. Ruzzi picked up the assist after slipping a pass to Gagnon.
  • Libby Fortin (State College, Pa.) gave Hartwick a 5-1 advantage, putting away a penalty stroke.
  • After assisting on two tallies, Ruzzi found the back of the cage herself thirty seconds before the end of 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 tapped one inside the left post off of a lift pass from Ashley Tricarico (Hopewell Junction, NY).
  • St. John Fisher picked up their second goal late in the fourth quarter, but it would not matter as the Hawks finished the game with the 7-2 win.


Hartwick will take a brief break from Empire 8 play, traveling to Union for a mid-week contest at 6 PM on Wednesday, September 21.

The members of the Empire 8 Conference are committed first and foremost to the pursuit of academic excellence and the league is regarded as an outstanding NCAA Division III conference. The membership has distinguished itself among its peer group for its quality institutions, spirited and sportsmanlike competition, outstanding services and highly ethical policies and practices. Its commitment to serve the educational needs of its student-athletes is the hallmark of the E8. For more on the Empire 8 visit

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