March 23, 2013

No. 3 Red Dragons Hold On in Cortica Thriller

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. – The third-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team built a 9-5 lead midway through the second half and held off a late Ithaca rally as the Red Dragons edged the 14th-ranked Bombers, 9-8, in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Higgins Stadium.

Cortland (6-1) relied on balanced scoring in the victory with seven different players finding the back of the net. Freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) paced the offense with two goals and one assist, while freshman Tara Monaghan (Stony Point/North Rockland) also tallied two goals. Senior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa), juniors Liz Beville (Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt) and Taylor Robinson (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius), sophomore Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) and freshman Nicole Bello (Camillus/West Genesee) each tallied one goal, and sophomore Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) recorded a game-high five assists.

Freshman goalie Liz Ingalls (Centerport/St. Anthony's) registered six saves in her second consecutive start for the Red Dragons. Junior Jessica Lavelle(Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) contributed two caused turnovers and three ground balls, Beville chipped in with three ground balls and Monaghan added three draw controls and three ground balls.

Nikki Dahl led Ithaca (3-3) with two goals and two assists, and Allison Runyon also netted two goals with one assist. Tracy Rivas, Michelle Avery, Kaitlyn Hoffay and Sam Whitney each scored one goal, while Molly Fischer chipped in with two assists. Goalie Jess Worthman made nine saves and collected five ground balls. Jenna Marchinetti recorded three caused turnovers and three ground balls.

The Bombers took a quick 2-0 lead on goals from Avery and Hoffay just 10 seconds apart less than two and a half minutes into the game. The Red Dragons answered with five straight scores from five different players, with Farrell assisting on three of the goals, to open up a 5-2 lead with seven minutes, two seconds remaining in the opening half. Rivas and Runyon sandwiched goals around Hayes-Hurley's score and Cortland took a 6-4 advantage into half time.

Dahl cut the lead to 6-5 with a free-position goal at 24:41 of the second half, but Cortland appeared to take control of the game with three consecutive goals, two by Monaghan and one from Geremia, in less than a four minute span for a 9-5 lead with 15:43 on the clock.

Runyon made it a three-goal game from the free position at 12:09, and Fischer assisted Dahl at 8:39 to cut Cortland's lead to 9-7. Whitney then scored off a feed from Fischer at 3:57 and the Red Dragons held a tenuous 9-8 advantage with plenty of time left on the clock.

Lavelle won the ensiung draw control for Cortland, and the Red Dragons worked the clock until turning the ball over with 17 seconds remaining to give Ithaca a chance at scoring the equailzer. In the closing seconds, Monaghan forced a turnover and scooped up the ground ball to clinch the victory for Cortland, its third of the season over a ranked opponent.

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