April 27, 2011

Cortland Capturs SUNYAC Season Crown

from press release

CORTLAND, N.Y. – The nationally fourth-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team scored the first 16 goals of the game in defeating Oneonta, 18-4, Wednesday afternoon in SUNYAC action at the Stadium Complex. The host Red Dragons improved to 15-1 overall and 7-0 in the conference and clinched the top seed in the four-team conference tournament to be hosted by Cortland on May 6-7. The visiting Red Dragons fell to 3-12 and 2-5.

Sophomore Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) scored a career-high six goals and added an assist, and junior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) tallied eight points on three goals and five assists to lead the Red Dragon offense. Nine other players scored one goal each, including freshman Marta Dezio (East Rochester), who netted her first career goal. Freshman Ashley Cook (Commack) recorded three assists.

Sophomore goalies Ally Levy (Reisterstown, MD/Seton Keough) and Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) split time in the cage. Levy allowed no goals and stopped three shots in the first half, while Hutchinson made two saves in the second half. Abbott led Cortland with six ground balls, five draw controls and four caused turnovers.

Junior Rebecca Monteith (West Islip) paced Oneonta's offense with two goals and one assist. Junior Heidi Kissinger (East Islip) and freshman Taylor O'Brien (Northport) scored one goal each. Junior goalie Annelise Muscietta (Lindenhurst/Walter O'Connell Copiague) started between the pipes, registering nine saves in 35 minutes before giving way to freshman Laura Grose (Yorktown Heights/Yorktown), who turned aside three shots in the final 25 minutes.

Cortland raced out to a 12-0 lead at the half as Di Fato scored four times and Abbott picked up three goals and three assists. The host Red Dragons stretched the lead to 16-0 at the 19:14 mark of the second half on a pair of goals from Di Fato and one score each from freshmen Heather Casey (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls) and Liz Beville (Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt). O'Brien put Oneonta on the scoreboard with a free-position goal at 16:05. After a Cortland goal, Monteith netted back-to-back goals and Dezio followed with the first of her career. Kissinger finished the scoring off Monteith's assist at 1:44.      

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