April 2, 2011

Career Day for No. 5 Cortland Against Oswego

from press release

– The nationally fifth-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team scored the final 11 goals of the game and went on to defeat Oswego, 20-5, in the SUNYAC opener for both schools Saturday afternoon at the Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons improved to 7-1 with the win, while the Lakers fell to 2-2.

Three players had career offensive days for Cortland. Junior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) recorded career highs of nine points and seven assists, junior Erin Kollar (East Islip) scored a career-best five goals and sophomore Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) matched her career high of five goals. Abbott also registered a game-high eight draw controls, while Di Fato contributed game highs of six caused turnovers and six ground balls.

Sophomore Mary Hartzheim (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) had two goals and one assist for the Red Dragons, sophomore Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse-Minoa) chipped in with a goal and two assists and freshman Ashley Cook (Commack) recorded a goal and an assist. Four other players netted one goal, including freshman Heather Casey (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls), who tallied the first of her career. Sophomore Ally Levy (Reisterstown, MD/Seton Keough) started in goal and made one save in 25 minutes, 57 seconds before giving way to sophomore Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip), who stopped five shots over the final 34:03.

Junior Kristen Darcy (East Syracuse/East Syracuse-Minoa) led the Lakers with two goals. Senior Bri Borrow (Oswego) and juniors Erin Cummings (Valley Cottage/Nyack) and Kelly Collins (Fairport) each netted one goal. Senior Kelly Schroeder (Warwick/Warwick Valley), junior Rachael Raffa (Kings Park) and sophomore Stephanie Cronk (Endwell/Maine-Endwell) chipped in with one assist apiece. Sophomore goalie Ashlee Engel (Webster/Webster Thomas) made 13 saves in 50:10, and junior goalie Nicole Nalle (Oswego) stopped two shots in the final 9:50.

After Di Fato gave Cortland a 1-0 lead 5:18 into the game, Oswego ran off three straight goals in a two-minute span for a 3-1 lead. Borrow scored at 19:58, followed by Cummings at 18:28 and Darcy at 17:58. The Red Dragons responded with seven consecutive goals, including three by Di Fato, to build an 8-3 lead at the 7:29 mark. Darcy and Collins sandwich goals around Cortland junior Jordan Miller's (Liverpool) goal and the Red Dragons led, 9-5. Cortland grabbed the momentum by netting the final three goals of the half, the last two by Kollar, in the closing minute for a 12-5 lead.

In the second half, Cortland outscored the Lakers, 8-0, as seven different players found the back of the net. Kollar tallied a pair of goals, while sophomore Laura Edward (Blue Point/Bayport-Blue Point) scored her first of the season and Casey finished the scoring with the first of her career at the 29-second mark.

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