April 02, 2009


Dragons upend Herons

After closing the opening half by erupting for seven unanswered goals, SUNY Cortland women went on to defeat visiting William Smith 12-9 in Wednesday’s non-conference clash of nationally-ranked lacrosse squads.
Freshman Lindsay Abbott scored four goals and picked up an assist as the 17th-ranked Red Dragons improved to 4-4 overall with a second consecutive victory in as many days. Cortland handed the 16th-ranked Herons from Geneva their first loss of the season after posting five straight victories prior to arriving to the Sports Complex.
Senior Danielle Torre added three goals for the Red Dragons, while freshman Jordan Miller tallied twice and sophomore Morgan Clare picked up a goal and an assist. Sophomore Mallory Palmieri scored what proved to be the winning goal, while Brianna Shost also had a goal and Meghan Gallagher three first half assists.
Junior Sarah Goodkind paced the William Smith offense with four goals.
Cortland finished with a 27-21 shot edge, Red Dragon freshman goalie Amanda Caloia coming up with eight saves.
The Herons struck quickly for a 2-0 lead on scores from Goodkind at 29:01 and Cassie Findlay at 28:37. Abbott put Cortland on the scoreboard at 19:29, and the Red Dragons followed with six more goals, including two each from Abbott and Miller, for a 7-2 lead at the intermission.
William Smith opened the second half with two of the first three goals to pull to within 8-4 with 23:48 remaining. After Torre made it a 9-4 game with her second of the contest at 19:24, Michaela Parnell and Goodkind scored free-position goals for the Herons less than two minutes apart to make the score 9-6.
Cortland responded with three of the next four goals, one each from Palmieri, Torre and Shost, to up its lead to 12-7 with 9:25 on the clock. The Red Dragons then controlled the ball to eat up clock before the Herons netted two late scores, at 1:51 and 1:38, to get to within three goals.
Cortland returns to SUNY Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Oswego visiting at 4 p.m. That is the second game of a lacrosse twin bill, Cortland men hosting Postdam at 12:30 p.m.
— Cortland sophomore midfielder Chris DeLuca and senior goalie Matt Hipenbecker were named SUNYAC Player and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively.
In addition, Hipenbecker was chosen as the ECAC Division III Upstate New York Co-Defensive Player of the Week. He shared the award with RPI goalie Ryan DeJordy.
DeLuca earned Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. He recorded three goals and three assists, and won 12-of-17 faceoffs, in a 17-10 victory at Nazareth College on Wednesday. In an 11-6 victory over visiting RIT on Saturday, DeLuca notched an assist and won 15-of-18 faceoffs. He also totaled seven ground balls in each game.
Hipenbecker finished with a 6.76 goals against average and a .618 save percentage in Cortland’s two victories. He stopped 10 shots and allowed seven goals in just over 55 minutes of action against Nazareth. He made 11 saves in the win over RIT.
Cortland is 6-1 and ranked sixth nationally in Division III.