March 31, 2009

No. 14 Cortland Cruises in SUNYAC Opener

from press release

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Freshman Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) scored a career-best eight points on a career-high six goals and two assists to lead the nationally 14th-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team to a 17-6 victory versus Geneseo in the SUNYAC opener for both teams. The Red Dragons improved to 3-4 overall, while the Knights dropped to 2-2.

Senior Danielle Torre (Massapequa) scored four goals and recorded two assists for Cortland, and freshman Erin Kollar (East Islip) netted a season-best three goals. Senior Meghan Gallagher (Long Beach) and sophomore Brianna Shost (Mahopac) collected a goal and an assist each. On the defensive side of the ball, senior Lindsay Bakker (Sloatsburg/Suffern) scooped up nine ground balls and forced five turnovers. Freshman goalie Amanda Caloia (Baldwinsville/C.W.Baker) made five saves in 55 minutes, 21 seconds, before freshman Brianna Straut (Nanuet) stopped two shots over the final 5:39.

Senior Maggie Morris (Massapequa) and junior Abby Hungerford (Syracuse/Corcoran) led the Knights with two goals each. Sophomore Lauren Burgoon (Syracuse/West Genesee) had a goal and an assist and junior Tara Murphy (St. James/Smithtown) chipped in with a goal. Senior goalie Hannah McKee (Ithaca) registered seven saves.

The Knights took an early 1-0 lead just 22 seconds into the game when Burgoon set up Hungerford's goal. Abbott evened the score less than three minutes later, and Miller gave Cortland a 2-1 lead at 25:57 before Burgoon tied the score at 2-2 with a free-position goal 37 seconds later. Kollar then netted back-to-back scores as Cortland took the lead for good. Hungerford pulled Geneseo to within 4-3, but Cortland closed the half on a 4-1 run, with three of the scores coming from Torre, including an around-the-back goal that proved to be the game winner at the 4:55 mark.

The Red Dragons put the game away with the first six goals of the second half for a 14-4 advantage with 19:48 remaining. Abbott found the back of the net three times during the stretch. Morris and Murphy tallied back-to-back goals for the Knights at 13:16 and 10:31, respectively, to make it a 14-6 game, but Cortland capped the scoring with the game's final three goals for the 17-6 final.

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