March 9, 2011
Cortland women pull away to capture opener —
Dragons surge past Naz
Five unanswered goals snapped a second half deadlock and carried SUNY Cortland women to an 18-10 season-opening lacrosse victory over Nazareth College on Tuesday afternoon.
The Red Dragons erupted for 12 goals in all after intermission to make this start a success at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex, spoiling the homecoming of Nazareth head coach and Cortland native Traci (Hay) Lian.
Junior Lindsay Abbott had four goals and four assists, to go along with a game-high seven draw controls, for a Cortland team that came into the game ranked seventh nationally in Division III. Six players combined for all the scoring by the Red Dragons in the victory, sophomore Mary Hartzheim also with four goals in her Cortland debut.
Sophomore Maria De Fato added three goals and two assists, and caused five turnovers to lead the Cortland defense. Freshman Taylor Robinson chipped in with a three-goal hat trick for the Red Dragons.
Nazareth, which falls to 1-1, got three goals from sophomore Erinn Wood while Alyssa Johnston collected two goals and two assists. The Golden Flyers had a 15-14 win over William Smith prior to facing Cortland.
Wood gave Nazareth the lead at 26:17 with a free-position shot, but Cortland ran off four straight goals for a 4-1 lead. Robinson scored twice followed by goals from Abbott and Hartzheim.
The Golden Flyers answered with three scores in a row, one from Johnston and two by senior Chelsey Amidon, and the teams were tied at 4-4 at the 13:39 mark. The teams closed the half by trading the last four goals with Di Fato and freshman Ashley Cook finding the back of the net for Cortland, with sophomore Megan Cregan and senior Kristine Olijnyk scoring for Nazareth.
Five and a half minutes into the second half, the game was still knotted, 8-8, as each team scored twice.
Cortland then grabbed the momentum with its five-goal run for a 13-8 lead. Hartzheim scored three straight, and Abbott and freshman Taylor Reh each scored. After Johnston and Wood sandwiched goals around Reh’s second tally of the game to pull the Golden Flyers to within 14-10 at the 13:12 mark, the Red Dragons closed the game with the final four goals from four different players.
Sophomore goalies Shaun Hutchinson and Ally Levy split time in goal for Cortland, Hutchinson with a pair of first half saves before Levy helped hold off Nazareth with eight stops over the final 30 minutes of play.
Cortland finished with a 31-22 shot edge, Nazareth goalie Tara Prosak with nine saves in the loss.
The next six outings for the Red Dragons will all be on the road, starting with a Friday afternoon trip to play St. Lawrence at 2 p.m.
Coach Kathy Taylor’s Red Dragons next home contest will not be until Oswego visits at 1 p.m. on April 2 to get SUNY Athletic Conference play underway. Cortland is the defending conference champion, going a perfect 8-0 in league play last spring.
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