March 10, 2012

No. 3 Cortland Dusts No. 6 F&M

from press release

– The nationally third-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team raced out to an 11-1 lead at the half and went on to defeat sixth-ranked Franklin & Marshall, 15-9, on the road Saturday afternoon in non-conference action. The Red Dragons improved to 2-1 with the win, while the Diplomats fell to 2-1.

Junior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) led the Cortland offense with four goals and one assist and added a game-high five ground balls. Senior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) also tallied five points on two goals and three assists and recorded three draw controls and three caused turnovers.

Senior Erin Kollar (East Islip) contributed two goals and one assist for the Red Dragons, sophomore Taylor Reh (Miller Place) and freshman Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) each scored twice, and senior Jordan Miller (Liverpool) and juniors Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse-Minoa) and Laura Edward (Blue Point/Bayport-Blue Point) each netted one goal. Junior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) turned aside six shots.

Cat Serpe paced the Diplomats with four goals and an assist. Caroline Krohn and Erin Dunne each scored a pair of goals, Lauren Selawski scored once and Katie Delaney chipped in with an assist. Goalie Kelsey Hoffman made nine saves.

The Red Dragons opened up a 4-0 lead seven minutes, 36 seconds into the game with all of the goals coming in a 1:42 span. Farrell sandwiched a pair of goals around a Di Fato score and Miller capped the flurry off an Abbott assist at 22:24. After Serpe ended Cortland's run, the Red Dragons ended the half with seven straight goals for a commanding 11-1 lead. Abbott and Di Fato each scored twice during the streak and Campese finished off the opening half with her score just four seconds before intermission. The Red Dragons out shot F & M, 22-5, in the first half.

Cortland sealed the win by stretching its lead to 15-4 with 9:50 remaining with Kollar adding two more goals and Serpe scoring twice for the Diplomats. F & M closed the game with the final five goals, two off Krohn's stick, for the final margin of 15-9.

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