Hartwick College blew an 11-point lead over the final 10 minutes and fell, 27-24, to host Buffalo State in an Empire 8 Conference football game Saturday.
Ryan Lehotsky’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Rich Pete with 33 seconds left gave the Bengals (5-4, 3-3) a 25-24 lead. Lehotsky then hit Zachary Best on a two-point conversion pass to cap the scoring.
The Hawks (3-5, 0-5) failed to move past their 20 on the final possession.
Buffalo State’s winning drive started after a fumble by freshman Joseph Rosiecki with 1:41 left.
Sophomore Andrew Bashford made his first start at quarterback for Hartwick and passed for 215 yards and a touchdown. Rosiecki had 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Hawks, who have lost five straight.
Hartwick outgained Buffalo State, 434-334, and had 24 first downs to the Bengals’ 12.
Frankie Molina had four receptions for 65 yards and Tanner Williams contributed two catches for 85 yards for Hartwick, which travels to Ithaca College at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Akron 4, Hartwick 0
Visiting Akron scored 1:45 into play on a goal by Eric Stevenson and the second-ranked Zips cruised to a Mid-American Conference win Saturday.
Robbie Derchang centered a pass to Stevenson, who scored to the far post from 18 yards for his sixth goal of the season.
Chad Barson, Reinaldo Brenes and Derchang also scored for Akron (13-1-2, 6-0).
Cleyon Brown took two of three Hartwick’s shots. Tom Bucker and Mateo Munarriz had four saves apiece for the Hawks (4-9-2, 1-4), who host Buffalo at 7 p.m. Tuesday, weather-permitting.
Wells 6, Cobleskill 0
Adam Sullivan scored twice for host Wells, which held a 29-4 advantage in shots en route to a North Eastern Athletic Conference win Saturday.
Cooperstown graduate Mack Curran made seven saves for the Fighting Tigers (2-13-1, 2-8).
Hartwick 1, Rensselaer 0
Emily Thorndike scored in the 75th minute as host Hartwick defeated the fifth-ranked team in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America East Region poll.
The Hawks improved to 8-8-1, marking their most wins in a season since going 8-7-3 in 2002. Their four-game winning streak is their longest since 1996.
“I thought we had a strong performance again and I’m really proud of our players’ ability to execute a game plan and compete with a quality opponent,” Hartwick coach Matt Verni said.
Hartwick’s goal came when Schenevus graduate Jessica Bentley sent a long pass to Thorndike, who caught up to it just before the end line on the right side and one-timed a shot to the far post.
Hartwick’s Hope Brown had 12 saves for her fifth shutout of the season.
The Hawks won despite being outshot, 17-10. RPI also led, 6-5, in corner kicks.
Hartwick may receive a berth to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time since 1995. The ECAC field will be announced Nov. 5.
Wells 5, Cobleskill 0
Savannah Tucker scored twice to lead host Wells to a NEAC victory Saturday.
Bethany Reynolds made eight saves for Cobleskill (3-14, 3-9).
O-State 5, Rensselaer 2
Suzanne Wright, Andrea Day and Ashley Morgan scored first-half goals as host Oneonta State earned a non-conference victory Saturday.
Wright’s 13th goal of the season came in the 12th minute and gave the Red Dragons a 1-0 lead.
Day followed two minutes later on a rebound for her 10th goal of the season.
The first of Morgan’s two goals made it 3-0 in favor of the Red Dragons (12-6), who also received a goal from Ashley Johnson.
O-State visits New Paltz for a SUNY Athletic Conference semifinal at 11 a.m. Friday. Semifinal winners will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday in the conference final.
Utica 3, Hartwick 1
Visiting Hartwick fell Saturday with an Empire 8 Conference bid at stake.
Kelsey Kimble scored in the 31st minute to tie it at 1 for the Hawks (6-11, 3-4). Megan Lefeber’s pass set up Kimble, who scored from 7 yards.
The Pioneers (12-5, 4-3) scored twice early in the second half. Hannah Mackey took a shot that was saved by Hartwick goalie Kailee Granger (Afton), but Louise Steele-Norton scored on the rebound. Mackey then scored 2 ½ minutes later.
Seniors Megan Campbell, Granger, Kimble, Cassie Jonaitis, Sarah MacDougall and Megan Sweeney played their final games for Hartwick.
Hartwick still perfect
Hartwick’s men and women swept Empire 8 host Utica on Saturday, 208-61 and 211-70, respectively.
Chris Willcox won the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.45), the 100 butterfly (54.49) and the 200 individual medley (2:07.39) to pace Hartwick’s men, who received two wins apiece from Luke Grunewald (200 freestyle, 1:51.42; 500 free, 4:56.52); Jeremy Torres (100 breaststroke, 1:03.22; 200 breaststroke, 2:19.96); and Lydon Schultz (50 free, 22.68; 100 free, 49.73).
Women’s double-winners for Hartwick were Mallory Weber (200 butterfly, 2:20.95; 100 butterfly, 1:04.18); Sarah Uminski (100 free, 58.02; 50 free, 27.06); Gwen Mathias (100 backstroke, 1:06.46; 500 free, 5:29.63); and Clare Nelson (100 breaststroke, 1:14.42; 200 breaststroke, 2:36.13).
The Hawks will host Empire 8 rival Nazareth at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Mike Edwards won three events to lead Cobleskill to a 125-76 men’s rout of visiting Bard College on Saturday. Edwards placed first in the 50 breaststroke (33.20), the 100 breaststroke (1:12.18) and the 200 individual medley (2:25.43)
Rachael Degnan also had a trifecta for the Fighting Tigers women, winning the 100 butterfly (1:06.93), the 200 IM (2:32.30) and the 1,000 free (12:31.37). Cobleskill’s women cruised to a 145-63 triumph.
Dig Pink Invitational
Host Oneonta State and visiting Hartwick College earned two victories apiece Saturday during the third annual Dig Pink Invitational for cancer research and education.
Seniors Kacy Boburka and Brittany Calvello matched freshman teammate Hannah O’Neill with six kills apiece as the Red Dragons (21-12) opened with a 25-11, 25-18, 25-13 sweep of Sage. Calvello also had a team-high 18 assists and four blocks.
Oneonta followed with a sweep of City College of New York as Boburka had 11 kills and sophomore Kaitlyn Vishneowski contributed 14 assists. The game scores were not reported.
Hartwick (14-16) topped CCNY, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21, and followed with a 20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22 win over Sage.
Dana Martin finished with 14 kills and 13 digs against CCNY, which gave up 17 kills to Hannah Strom and 42 assists to Britney Lintner.
Martin had 10 kills and Lintner amassed 32 assists against Sage.
The Hawks visit Cobleskill at 7 p.m. Tuesday, weather-permitting.
Oneonta will compete in the SUNYAC Tournament play-in match at Buffalo State at noon Friday. The Red Dragons will meet Potsdam for a chance to advance to a SUNYAC Tournament game against Fredonia.
Hartwick finished as the Reserve Champion with a second-place effort at the season-opening Hartwick Show at Hunter’s Rein in Otego on Saturday.
The Hawks finished with 38 points and trailed Skidmore by nine. Morrisville State placed third with 33 points.
Sophomore Olivia Winchell and freshmen Taylor Trombley (Oneonta) and Cecilia Campala earned in first-place finishes for Hartwick. Winchell and Campala topped the Intermediate Fences, and Trombley won the Novice Flat.
Junior Cassie Howe (South Kortright) contributed a second in Beginner Walk Trot Canter.