Two athletes in Hartwick’s nursing major took home Empire 8 Conference post-season accolades this fall.
Field hockey forward/midfielder Sydney Gagnon ’23 of Chestertown, NY, was named the E8 Rookie of the Year and soccer back Courtney Velho ’21 of Derry, NH, earned the conference Defensive Player of the Year award. Both students were also named to the College’s Dean’s List, striking the balance between rigorous physical and intellectual pursuits at Hartwick.
Lambros Arena has some new “bling.”
In January, members of the 2018-19 women’s basketball squad relived their Empire 8 Championship title by unveiling their banner, adding to the legacy of Hartwick athletic success. Alumnae and current players from last year’s squad were joined by Coach Katie Marcella and President Margaret L. Drugovich P’12 for the big moment.
The women’s lacrosse team recently took a deep dive into program’s history during a special visit to the College archives.
College Archivist Shelley Wallace P’07 created a display of material highlighting the program’s 50 years. Head Coach Nora Fallon-Oben invited former Head Coach Anna Meyer and Associate Director of Athletics Betty Powell ’82 to provide first-hand accounts of preceding seasons. Players and coaches looked through old media guides and programs, while Meyer and Powell presented a slideshow and told anecdotes of the squad’s greatest triumph: a trip to the 1998 NCAA Final Four tournament.
The storied career of Timo Liekoski ’71 continues to garner attention.
US Youth Soccer recently recognized him with The Dr. Thomas Fleck Award for Excellence in Youth Coaching Education. The award recognizes his “lifetime of dedication, integrity, honor, humor and humility, and extensive and far-reaching contributions to the process by which youth soccer coaches are educated in America.”
Liekoski has coached at every level of the sport—college, pro, Olympic, and youth. He played three seasons and was an All American at the Wick. As Hartwick’s coach, Liekoski took the Warriors to three appearances in the NCAA tournament, including a Final Four berth, and his savvy recruiting helped set up the squad to win the NCAA Division 1 national championship just two years later. Liekowski was inducted into the College’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995 and in 2016 he was honored with the Walt Chyzowych Fund Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Empire 8 Conference named 45 Hawks to its Fall 2019 President’s List.
These Hawks earned a 3.75 grade point average or higher during the semester, while participating in an NCAA-sponsored sport and displaying positive conduct on and off campus. Nine Hartwick athletic programs were honored as Empire 8 All-Academic Teams. Women’s cross-country topped the list with an average GPA of 3.57.
Be there for good-natured bidding wars on fine wines, VIP access to major sports venues, special events, and more unusual items generously donated by alumni, parents, local businesses, and friends of Hartwick.