April 25, 2009

Dragon Slayers: Buff State Tops Cortland

from press releases

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo St. scored the game's final four goals and rallied for a 14-12 win versus nationally 15th-ranked Cortland in women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. The Red Dragons fell to 10-6 overall and 7-1 in the SUNYAC, while the Bengals earned their first-ever win against the Red Dragons and improved to 14-1 and 8-0.

Buffalo St. also clinched the regular-season conference crown with the victory and will host the four-team league playoff next Friday and Saturday. Despite the setback, Cortland earned the second seed in the tournament.

Senior Danielle Torre (Massapequa) led the Red Dragons with seven points on five goals and two assists. Junior Jess Fritz (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) contributed two goals and an assist and freshman Jordan Miller (Liverpool) scored twice. Junior Nicki Mahoney (Canandaigua/Canandaigua Academy), sophomore Brianna Shost (Mahopac) and freshman Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) each scored one goal. Freshman Brianna Straut (Nanuet) made five saves.

Katie Henderson scored seven goals for the Bengals, and Karen Shaddock registered a game-high 10 points on two goals and eight assists. Kendyl Clarkson added three goals. Ashley O'Brien stopped eight shots.

Cortland opened up a 3-1 lead at the 15 minute, 54 second mark with Torre netting all three of the Red Dragons' goals. Buffalo St. then scored the next four goals for a 5-3 advantage before Fritz tallied twice in the closing minutes of the first half to pull Cortland even at 5-5.

Buffalo St. opened up an 8-7 lead 6:46 into the second half, but Cortland went on a four-goal run to sieze back the lead, 11-8. Henderson scored back-to-back goals and the Bengals were within 11-10 with 12:40 to play. Torre set up Shost's goal at 10:58, but that would prove to be Cortland's last score. The Bengals closed out the game with the last four goals, three off Henderson's stick, to earn the 14-12 win.

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