March 18, 2011

Freshmen Lead No. 8 Cortland Past Roanoke

from press release

– Three freshmen had career-best days to help lead the nationally eighth-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team to a 17-13 win at Roanoke Friday afternoon in non-conference action. Ashley Cook (Commack) scored four goals, Alexis Egeberg (Black River/Carthage) netted three goals and Liz Beville (Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt) recorded two goals and two assists for the Red Dragons (4-1).

Junior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) registered five points on three goals and two assists and contributed a game-high seven draw controls and four caused turnovers. Sophomore Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) had three goals, one assist, five caused turnovers and five ground balls. Junior Erin Kollar (East Islip) chipped in with a goal and an assist, junior Jordan Miller (Liverpool) scored once and sophomore Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse-Minoa) collected three assists. Sophomore goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) played the opening 19 minutes, 22 seconds and did not make a save before being replaced by sophomore Ally Levy (Resierstown, MD/Seton Keough), who stopped six shots over the final 40:38 to earn the win.

Senior Meegan Rourke (Greenwich, CT/Millbrook School) led the Maroons (3-3) with five goals. Senior Gina Valles (South Windsor, CT/Westminster) scored a game-high eight points on four goals and four assists, sophomore Jamie Golden (Timonium, MD/Notre Dame) netted three goals, senior Carolyn Miller (Clinton, MD) added one goal and one assist and freshman Allison Bonanno (Ridgewood, NJ) recorded two assists. Sophomore goalie Laura Zdziarski (Gainesville, FL/Buchholz) stopped 10 shots.

The Maroons built a 4-2 lead just over 10 minutes into the game, but Cortland responded with a four-goal run, two each from Di Fato and Abbott, to take the lead for good at 6-4 with 12:38 left in the first half. After Valles pulled Roanoke to within 6-5, Cook tallied back-to-back scores to up Cortland's lead to 8-5 at the 7:59 mark. The Maroons answered with the final two goals of the half and trailed just 8-7 at intermission.

The Red Dragons began to build on their lead by scoring three of the first four goals of the second half to gain an 11-8 advantage. After Valles made it an 11-9 game at 21:12, Miller and Cook scored for Cortland to increase the Red Dragons' lead to 13-9. The teams traded the next six goals and Cortland led 16-12 with 10:06 remaining. The Red Dragons earned a little breathing room when Beville scored her second of the game at 7:17 to increase the lead to 17-12. Rourke finished the scoring with her fifth of the afternoon at 4:44.

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