March 23, 2011
Dragons end Hamilton streak
CLINTON — Freshman Ashley Cook scored four goals and junior Erin Kollar netted three goals as eighth-ranked Cortland knocked off second-ranked Hamilton College, 12-9, Tuesday afternoon in a battle of top-10 Division III teams.
The Red Dragons improve to 5-1 on the season while snapping the Continentals’ 38-game home-field winning streak. Hamilton, last year’s NCAA Div. III runner-up and 2008 NCAA champion, last lost at home to Union on April 22, 2006.
Junior Lindsay Abbott finished with two goals and five assists for the Red Dragons. With her seven points, she became the 10th player in school history to reach the career 200-point mark. Abbott has 140 goals and 64 assists for 204 points in two-plus collegiate seasons. In addition for Cortland, sophomore Maria Di Fato added two goals and an assist and freshman Taylor Reh finished with a goal and an assist. Sophomore goalie Ally Levy made 10 saves.Hamilton (2-1) was led by sophomore Rachel Friedman’s three goals and one assist. Junior Libby Schultz added two goals and one assist and senior Sarah Bray scored twice. Junior Sam Elie recorded two saves.
Cortland raced out to a 7-1 lead over the game’s first 17 minutes. Cook scored three times and Di Fato tallied twice during that stretch, capped by Cook’s goal with 13:35 left in the half. Schultz and Friedman scored the next two goals to cut the lead to 7-3, but Cook and Kollar answered with tallies to put Cortland up 9-3 with 2:25 left. Abbott’s assist on Cook’s goal was her 200th career point.
Hamilton lit the scoreboard twice in the final minute of the half, including a Bray goal with seven seconds left, to pull within 9-5 at halftime. The Continentals added a goal 1:46 into the second half and trailed 9-6.
Cortland, however, never let the hosts get any closer than three the rest of the way. Leading 10-7, the Red Dragons used goals by Abbott and Kollar to take a five-goal lead with 11:31 left. Hamilton goals with 9:51 and 6:54 remaining brought the margin back to three, but neither team scored after that. Cortland won despite being outshot, 28-20.
Cortland will travel to Ithaca on Saturday for a non-league game that starts at noon.
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