April 3, 2013
Fifth straight Dragons win
Spreading the scoring wealth around, the SUNY Cortland women’s lacrosse team had control of things by the time halftime arrived.
With a dozen different Red Dragons scoring at least once, the hosts rolled to a nine-goal lead by intermission and cruised to a 20-7 conference victory over Oneonta on a wind-chilled Tuesday afternoon at the Stadium Complex.
Cortland, ranked fourth in this week’s Division III nationally poll, is off to a 2-0 start in the SUNY Athletic Conference and stands 8-1 overall after securing its fifth straight victory.
Freshman Erica Geremia netted a season-high five goals for Cortland, while also adding three assists. Fellow rookie Tara Monaghan chipped in with three goals and two assists.
Meanwhile, Gina Campese had a goal and an assist to become the 34th player in program history to reach 100 career points. The senior out of East Syracuse-Minoa now has 60 goals and 40 assists.
Senior Maria Di Fato and junior Taylor Robinson contributed two goals apiece to the Cortland romp, while goals were also scored by Liz Beville, Marilyn Farrell, Taylor Reh, Nicole Bello, Emma Hayes-Hurley, Laura Edward and Chelsea Martin in a game where the winners held a 34-16 shot edge.
Di Fato and junior Heather each collected three ground balls, while Di Fato also caused three turnovers and Monaghan contributeed five draw controls.
Sophomore Kiera McNally led Oneonta (0-2 SUNYAC, 5-5 overall) with five points on four goals and one assist.
Cortland took little time is seizing control of the game, scoring three goals in the opening 5:27 before pushing the lead to 12-0 at the 8:35 mark of the half. Geremia scored all five of her goals and Di Fato and Robinson each netted two scores during the run.
Oneonta stopped the streak on junior Casey Sarle’s goal at 6:15 and finished off the half with a pair of goals from McNally to make it a 12-3 game at the half.
After Monaghan and McNally traded goals to start the second half, Cortland eventually built its lead to 20-4 late in the game with seven consecutive goals. During the streak, Campese hit her milestone off an assist from Geremia at 21:26 that made it a 15-4 score.
The visiting Red Dragons capped the scoring with the final three goals in the closing 66 seconds, one each from McNally, senior Caroline Tulley and junior Chelsea Collins for the 20-7 final.
Cortland hosts its third consecutive conference game on Saturday, Oswego in town in a 1 p.m. start.
— Cortland’s Geremia was named the SUNYAC Player of the Week. She helped lead the Red Dragons to a 14-10 win over Geneseo in their conference opener this past Saturday with a game-high seven points on two goals and five assists. She broke the school freshman record for single-season assists during the game.
Sticker Slavik Honored
For the undefeated SUNY Cortland men’s lacrosse team, midfielder Joe Slavik was named both the SUNYAC and ECAC Division III Mid-Atlantic Offense Player of the Week. A junior out of Binghamton’s Seton Catholic, Slavik helped lead nationally top-ranked Cortland to a pair of wins versus ranked teams last week.
In a 12-11 double overtime victory at home against third-ranked RIT last Wednesday, Slavik scored three goals and assisted on the game-winner 48 seconds into the second overtime. He also collected five ground balls. In a 15-12 win at 18th-ranked Plattsburgh on Saturday, Slavik recorded a career-high seven points on three goals and four assists.
Slavik is currently second on the team in scoring with 26 points, on 16 goals and 10 assists. Cortland (8-0) hosts Western New England on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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