ONEONTA, NY - The Hawks did not end up as the cup holders, but they did come away with an impressive 3-0 shutout of Loyola College of Maryland on Sunday to close out Mayor's Cup XXXIV.
The Hawks, who have experienced some offensive woes in their last few matches, erupted for three goals in the first half of play and closed out a solid showing against the Greyhounds.
In the final match of the weekend, Nick Roydhouse (Palmerston, New Zealand/Palmerston N.) broke the 'Wick goalless streak less than seven minutes into the contest and he added an assist on the Hawks' second goal to help the Blue and White to victory.
Roydhouse brought down an attempted Loyola clearance at the top of the 18-yard box and had plenty of time to finesse a shot past Greyhound goalkeeper Kyle Wittman.
Roydhouse's effort floated over Wittman's head to the far post, grazed the crossbar, and found the net for the Hawk lead.
Just over 13 minutes later, Roydhouse helped to add to the 'Wick cause as he served a brilliant ball from the left sideline that met Sam Wright (Newquay England/Bryant & Stratton) perfectly in stride for a header goal from six yards out.
Hartwick's Evan Doan (Garland, TX/N. Garland) put the finishing touches on the Greyhounds as he picked the pocket of a Loyola defender, broke in alone with Wittman, and calmly beat him to his right for a 3-0 advantage in the 35th minute.
In the second half, with the match well in-hand, the Hawks still took 10 shots to the Hounds' five with no goals produced from either side.
Keeper Jeremy Vuolo (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown W.) had to make just three saves in the match to earn his third shutout of the season.
With only two goals against in five matches, the junior has a goals against average of just 0.38 thus far in 2009.
Roydhouse and Wright were selected to the all-tournament team, as was senior back Brian Gordon (Erskine, Scotland/Univ. of Albany).
Courtesy: Hartwick College