April 8, 2016
Purple Tigers fall
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Shea Swartwout works her way toward the Syracuse goal during the first half of Thursday night’s game on Moiseichik Field. The visitors won, 10-8.
The Cortland High girls’ lacrosse team fell to 1-2 in the OHSL Freedom National Division and 1-3 overall Thursday night in a 10-8 loss to visiting Syracuse.
Senior midfielder Shea Swartwout led the Purple Tigers, who trailed 6-4 at halftime, with four goals while junior midfielder Logan Chase scored three goals and added an assist and freshman midfielder/attack Lauren Swartz tallied one goal.
Junior goalie Paige Potter made 10 saves as the visitors, who won for the first time in four Freedom National games and five contests overall, had a narrow 19-18 shot advantage. Junior Molly Bankert stopped six shots for Syracuse.
Senior Hallie MacKnight had three goals and an assist and classmate Audia Murphy scored three goals as they led the winners offensively. Sophomore Reilly Smith scored twice while senior Emma Allen and sophomore Erin Lehman each had a goal to account for the final margin of victory for Syracuse.
“I was extremely proud of Logan,” Cortland coach Kindra Catalano said. “She played the entire field and won the ball at the draw circle nine times. It was very exciting to see Lauren find the net tonight on her free position shot.
“Syracuse is a vocal and athletic team. We struggled with shot placement and discipline defensively in the midfield. Transitions were off and Syracuse capitalized on our mistakes.”
The Cortland JVs improved to 3-1 overall with an 18-8 win over Syracuse as eighth-grade midfielder Grace Call and seventh-grade midfielder Hannah Partigianoni each scored five goals and added an assist apiece. Eighth-grade attack McKenna Snyder scored twice and added two assists, freshman attack McKenna Morris had two goals, eighth-grade midfielder Abby Ricottilli and sophomore attack Sayphoun Sitoulad had a goal and an assist apiece and two players — freshman attack Madison VanDonsel and freshman attack Julia Gutierrez — scored once each.
Sophomore goalie Kelsey Gibbons made seven saves for the winners. Deja McDonald led Syracuse with three goals.
“Offensively we moved the ball well and showed good vision with a season-high eight assists and eight different players involved in the scoring,” Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown said. “The most memorable goal was just before halftime. After a caused turnover we worked the ball downfield with some nifty passing as Julia converted with two seconds left off a feed from Abby. Kelly Morgan (freshman attack) got some key ground balls for us and (freshman) Elyssa Yonta played tough on defense.”
Both Cortland teams visit Jamesville-DeWitt Tuesday, the JV game facing off at 5 p.m.
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