April 11, 2007


Cortland cruises in league opener


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Jill Battaglia (17) disrupts a downfield pass intended for Oneonta’s Brittney Tobin (23), a Cortland High grad. Defending champ Cortland opened conference play winning 17-2.

The SUNY Cortland women’s lacrosse team had little trouble in this conference opener.
The defending champions got goals from eight different players while romping to a 17-2 victory over Oneonta in Tuesday afternoon’s SUNY Athletic Conference contest.
The Red Dragons closed out the opening half scoring seven unanswered goals to take control of things at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. Cortland, ranked 12th in the latest Division III national poll, improves to 6-3 overall.
Oneonta, which had junior attackman Brittney Tobin from Cortland High and junior defender Caitlin Mack from Homer Central in action, is 5-5 overall.
Senior Andrea Venditti led the Cortland offense with three goals and two assists, all coming while the Red Dragons were building a 9-1 lead in the opening half. Freshman Jessie Fritz recorded three goals and an assist, and senior Gina Fazio scored three times.
Senior Ali Bourgal contributed two goals and an assist, senior Jennifer Willis chipped in with a goal and three assists and junior Beth Elmer and sophomore Rachel Cornwell each notched a pair of goals for the Red Dragons. Freshman Deanne Abell started in goal and made eight saves before giving way to senior Michelle Zimmer, who stopped one shot over the final 22:07.
Oneonta goals came from sophomore Brianne Ruzek and freshman Lauren Portnoy.
Willis and Fazio gave Cortland a quick 2-0 lead, but Ruzek won the draw control after Fazio’s goal and took the ball downfield and made it a 2-1 game just 13 seconds later.
Cortland, however, closed out the half on a 7-0 run, highlighted by three straight scores from Venditti in a three and a half minute span midway through the stanza, for a 9-1 lead. Fritz and Portnoy traded goals to open the second half, but another 7-0 blitz by Cortland closed out the game.
Cortland held a decisive 44-16 advantage in shots, keeping Oneonta goalie Eileen O’Toole (14 saves) busy. Mack, who has 24 groundballs and has forced 17 turnovers this season, started on defense for the visitors. Tobin was scoreless coming off the bench, the junior with three goals for Oneonta this season.
The Red Dragons visit Fredonia on Saturday in conference play. A visit to Buffalo State postponed from last Saturday has been rescheduled for April 30.




Cortland conquers Spartans

EAST SYRACUSE — The Cortland High boys’ lacrosse team made a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Having lost consecutive 7-6 overtime games to two of the best squads in Section 3 in Syracuse CBA and Jamesville-DeWitt, the Purple Tigers — currently ranked ninth in the state among Class C teams — hit the road for the first time this season to face another formidable foe in East Syracuse-Minoa.
To boot, CHS was missing one starter, with a few other players also unavailable.
The visitors, though, made sure early that there wouldn’t be any need for an extra session this time around, roaring to a 7-1 lead after one quarter and never looking back in handing the Spartans a 17-6 drubbing.
“The kids played absolutely phenomenal,” Cortland coach John Spallone said. “Maybe missing a couple of kids forced everyone else to play that much better. ES-M is a good team. We had scouted them and felt that they were one of the better teams out there.
“The kids really played well together,” he added. “They did a really good job in all aspects of the game. They rode hard, cleared easily, picked up ground balls, played great positional defense, shot well (50 percent for the game), were strong on man-up (4-for-7) and Zach (Zayac, the Cortland goalie) did a great job. There were also 12 assists on the 17 goals, so they were doing a good job of moving the ball.”
Senior midfielder Joel White had six goals and three assists for the Purple Tigers, now 1-1 in OHSL Class B and 3-2 overall, while senior attackman Taylor Brown had four goals and an assist. White also took a number of faceoffs for CHS, winning seven, though ES-M had a 15-12 edge in that category.
Junior attackman Nate Thomas had three goals for the winners, while Jack Spallone, also a junior on attack, had two goals and four assists. Senior midfielder Jay Hartnett added a goal and three assists and junior midfielder Brad Rogers a goal and an assist. Hartnett had suffered what was thought to be a shoulder separation against J-D, but was cleared to play in Tuesday’s contest.




Red Dragons rally for 20th victory

For the 18th consecutive season, the SUNY Cortland baseball team has reached the 20-win mark.
The Red Dragons needed a late inning comeback to secure the 20th triumph of this current campaign, scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Centenary College 12-9.
With the Wallace Field non-conference victory, the Red Dragons are 20-2. The Cyclones from New Jersey, two-time defending Skyline Conference champions, are now 14-7.
Senior Dan Maycock was 4-for-4 with a double and drive in three runs, while junior Matt Vitalone finished 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI for the Red Dragons.
Cortland’s winning rally in the seventh started with a Travis Robinson leadoff single and a Jim Basnight walk that moved pinch-runner Ryan Benson to second.
Pinch-hitter Josh Hicks followed with a sacrifice bunt, and a throwing error by the catcher allowed Hicks to reach safely and Benson to score. Joey Russo and Anthony Coromato added RBI singles a couple of batters later and Maycock’s run-scoring single completed the scoring.
Maycock leads the Red Dragons with 33 RBI. Russo finished 2-for-4 and Coromato was 2-for-5.
Sophomore left-handed hurler George Jweid earned the win in relief. He allowed two hits, no walks and no runs and struck out four in two and two-third innings. Junior Nick DeVito retired the side in order with one strikeout in the ninth for his first save.
Cortland pitchers struck out 16 Centenary_batters in the game, including eight by freshman starter Matt Tone and three by junior Ryan Hooper.
Freshman Michael Fasano was 2-for-5 with four RBI to lead the Cyclones. He hit a grand slam in the top of the third that gave Centenary an early 4-2 lead.