March 21, 2012
Abbott surpasses 200 career goals at Cortland
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Jamie Flood (right) defends the net against St. Lawrence’s Alanna Piroli in the first half Tuesday. Cortland cruised to an 18-6 victory.
Already the school record holder in career points and assists, SUNY Cortland senior Lindsay Abbott has another mark within her sights.
As the Red Dragons romped to an 18-6 lacrosse victory over visiting St. Lawrence women on Tuesday afternoon, midfielder Abbott scored six times while becoming only the second sticker in school history to reach 200 career goals.
Now with 201 career tallies, Abbott is closing in on the Cortland record of 211 goals scored by Jeanna Angotti from 1999-2002.
Freshman Marilyn Farrell had three goals and two assists, while senior Erin Kollar also finished with three goals to go along with an assist, as the nationally third-ranked Red Dragons improved to 4-1 on the season. Things were never in much doubt after Cortland scored the opening 10 goals in a non-conference clash in which St. Lawrence was out-shot by a whopping 47-16 margin.
Junior Maria Di Fato came up with two goals and four assists for Cortland, while junior Gina Campese recorded a goal and two assists. Junior goalie Shauna Hutchinson made six saves, three in each half, before sophomore Courtney Morgan took over for the final 4:30 and allowed one goal with no saves.
St. Lawrence (2-2) was led by Alanna Piroli’s two goals, with Hanne Bailey adding a goal and an assist.
Abbott and Kollar scored three goals apiece as the Red Dragons were surging to that early 10-0 lead midway through the opening half. The Saints tallied the next three goals to cut the score to 10-3 with 6:35 left in the half, but Abbott scored the final two goals of the half — including her 200th career goal with 1:30 remaining — and Cortland led 12-3 at halftime.
Abbott, out of Onondaga Central, also tallied Cortland’s first goal of the second half to start a 4-1 run for the Red Dragons. The teams each scored twice in the final five minutes to complete the scoring.
Cortland also won 14 of the game’s 26 draw controls. Junior Natalie Melaniff won six draw controls and junior Taylor Harney finished with a goal, an assist and three draw controls. Farrell led the team with seven ground balls and sophomore Jessica Lavelle caused three turnovers.
The Red Dragons host Ithaca College back at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex on Saturday at 1 p.m. looking for a fourth consecutive victory.
— Hutchinson was named the SUNY Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Goalie of the Week for the week ending March 18.
Hutchinson had five saves as Cortland handed nationally-ranked The College of New Jersey its first loss of the season, 9-8, this past Saturday. Heading into the St. Lawrence contest, Hutchinson had an 8.75 goals-against average and a .485 save percentage.
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