March 21, 2008


Women’s lax edges IC


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Danielle Torre (21), of SUNY Cortland, drives into Eryenne Printz (21), of Ithaca College, seconds before scoring Cortland's first goal on IC goalie Emily Brooks. 

Sophomore Jessie Fritz and junior Danielle Torre (Massapequa) each scored a career-high five goals as the nationally 15th-ranked Cortland women’s lacrosse team rallied for a 12-11 overtime triumph over Ithaca in windy and snowy conditions Thursday afternoon. The Red Dragons improved to 3-2 with the win, while the Bombers fell to 1-2.
The Red Dragon baseball team, meanwhile, improved to 9-3 on the season with a 15-6 win over SUNY Old Westbury.
Cortland 12, Ithaca 11, ot: Junior Meghan Gallagher added a goal and two assists, senior Beth Elmer tallied a goal and senior Rachel Cornwell collected an assist for Cortland. Sophomore goalie Deanne Abell made a career-best 17 saves.
Nine different players scored goals for the Bombers, led by senior Kim Medla and freshman Catherine Hurley, who each found the back of the net twice. Junior Becky Bedard recorded a goal and two assists and sophomores Kassie Garfield and Kylie McClure had a goal and an assist apiece. Senior goalie Emily Brooks stopped 13 shots.
The teams were tied 2-2 with 11:40 left in the first half after Torre scored twice in a 43-second span for Cortland to erase a 2-0 deficit. Ithaca responded with the next five goals and led 7-2 until Fritz scored her first of the game four seconds before  halftime to make it a 7-3 game.
The Red Dragons opened the second half with four straight goals to even the score at 7-7 with 16:05 remaining in regulation. The teams then battled back-and-forth the rest of the way. Ithaca regained the lead, 9-7, with goals by Bedard and Medla, but Torre scored two and Fritz added her third of the game to give Cortland a 10-9 lead with 8:33 on the clock.
Garfield tied the game with 2:26 remaining, and Medla gave the  Bombers an 11-10 lead off a feed from McClure with 39 seconds to go.
Junior Lindsay Bakker won the ensuing draw control for the Red Dragons and Cortland worked the ball to Torre, who was fouled while going to the net and received a free-position attempt. Her shot, however, sailed high and wide.Cortland retained possession and Fritz dodged on the left side of the cage and tied the game with just 11 ticks on the clock to send the game to the mandatory two three-minute overtime sessions. Fritz gave Cortland a 12-11 lead with her fifth goal of the game 1:10 into the first overtime stanza and Abell made a key save on a free-position attempt by Medla in the second session to preserve the lead and the win.
SUNY Cortland 15, Old Westbury 6: Senior Ryan Hooper allowed two earned runs and struck out a career-high 11 batters and four players homered as the nationally fifth-ranked Red Dragons romped.
Hooper gave up five hits and did not walk a batter in seven innings and is 2-0 this season. He allowed solo homers to Ryan Blanco in the first and Emmanuel Mateo in the third and gave up an unearned run in the fifth.
Senior Joey Russo went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to lead a 17-hit Cortland attack. Senior Mike Zaccardo was 2-for-4 with a homer, double and walk and senior Nick DeVito went 1-for-3 with a homer.
Sophomore Nick Palmiero and junior Adam Dimino added solo homers. Junior John Zilnicki and sophomore Andersen Gardner each finished 2-for-3, while junior Khyle Dimino and senior John Giametta Jr. drove in two runs each.
Cortland scored five times in the top of the second to take a 5-1 lead. Zilnicki singled in a run and P.J. Merriweather’s fielder’s choice plated a run. Russo and Khyle Dimino followed with RBI singles and Russo scored the final run on a first-and-third play when Coromato intentionally got caught in a rundown but avoided being tagged out until the run scored.
Russo’s RBI single and Khyle Dimino’s sacrifice fly extended the lead to 7-2 in the fourth. Zaccardo, DeVito and Palmiero hit solo homers in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, respectively.
Cortland added five runs in the ninth on Adam Dimino’s leadoff homer, a Mike Salvatore RBI single, Giametta’s two-run single and an RBI single by Matt Papillo.
Robert Whitenack suffered the loss for Old Westbury (1-14). He allowed 11 hits and nine runs, seven earned, in six innings.