April 24, 2012

Cortland Women Clinch SUNYAC's Top Seed

from press release

ONEONTA, N.Y. – The nationally second-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team built a 16-4 lead early in the second half and went on to defeat Oneonta, 18-11, in SUNYAC action Tuesday afternoon. With the victory, the visiting Red Dragons improved to 14-1 overall and 7-0 in the conference and clinched the top seed in the upcoming four-team SUNYAC Tournament with one conference game remaining. The host Red Dragons fell to 11-3 and 4-3 and can earn a playoff berth with a victory over Brockport in their final league game.

Junior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) tallied a career-high eight points for Cortland, matching her personal best with six goals and adding two assists. Senior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) totaled six points on three goals and three assists, senior Erin Kollar (East Islip) recorded three goals and one assist and junior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse-Minoa) scored three goals. Freshman Marilyn Farrell(Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) contributed two goals and one assist, sophomore Taylor Robinson (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) netted a goal and juniors Laura Edward (Blue Point/Bayport-Blue Point) and Taylor Harney(Patchogue/Patchogue-Medford) each chipped in with one assist.

Junior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) made nine saves and allowed eight goals in 55 minutes, 12 seconds before giving way to sophomore Courtney Morgan (Locust Valley), who did not register a save in the final 4:48. Sophomore Heather Casey (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls) led Cortland with four draw controls. Junior Natalie Melaniff (Wantagh) had two draws and four ground balls, and Abbott added three draws.

Jill Donodeo and Rebecca Monteith paced Oneonta with four goals apiece. Caroline Tully scored twice, Kiera McNally netted one goal and Nikki Fioretti picked up an assist. Annelise Muscietta stopped 11 shots in goal, while Heidi Kissinger registered a game-high 10 draws controls.

Monteith opened the scoring on a free-position shot just 19 seconds into the game before Abbott tied the score 36 seconds later. After Monteith netted her second of the game at 27:49, the visiting Red Dragons reeled off four straight goals, two from Di Fato, for a 5-2 lead. Monteith's third score of the game made it 5-3, but Farrell, Di Fato and Abbott scored in less than a five-minute span and Cortland held an 8-3 lead just past the midway point of the first half. Tulley's goal pulled Oneonta to within 8-4, but the visiting Red Dragons put the game away with an eight-goal run spanning the end of the first half into the second half for a 16-4 lead. Cortland closed the first half with goals from Campese, Di Fato and two by Kollar for a 12-4 advantage.

Four different players found the twine in the first seven-plus minutes of the second half for Cortland to build the margin to 16-4. Donodeo and McNally eventually ended the Cortland goal binge for Oneonta with scores at 21:03 and 15:14, respectfully, before Robinson and Di Fato pushed the lead back to 12 goals at 18-6. The host Red Dragons closed the game with the final five goals, three from Donodeo, for the 18-11 final as Cortland emptied its bench.

Cortland finishes off its regular season with a SUNYAC game at Geneseo on Saturday at 2 p.m. before hosting the four-team SUNYAC Tournament on May 4-5.

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