April 12, 2011


Cortland shows off OT heart in victory

CHITTENANGO — The Cortland High girls’ lacrosse team earned this one.
The Purple Tigers trailed host Chittenango 8-6 with less than two minutes left in the teams’ OHSL Freedom American Division contest Monday evening before tying the score with a pair of goals 21 seconds apart by senior midfielders Kaylee Gebhardt and Taylor Reynolds.
That led to a pair of mandatory three-minute overtime periods, and with 40 seconds left in the second one senior attack Tricia Rosetti converted a pass from senior midfielder Julia Porter for the only scoring in extra time as the visitors came away with a 9-8 victory.
The OT escape improves CHS to 3-0 in the league and overall.
“In the end it was heart that won the game,” Cortland coach Kim Pace said. “We played a come from behind game for the entire game, but the girls never gave up. Our only lead of the game came in the last 40 seconds of the second overtime period, but that is all we needed to come away with the win.
“We had our ups and downs again, but the girls pulled together and played with their heads and their hearts for the final two minutes of each half, when we scored a total of four goals, and for the six minutes of overtime when we held Chittenango scoreless and scored the final goal of the game. It would have been very easy to give up when we were down by two goals with less than two minutes to play, but the girls dug deep and found a way to pull it out in the end.”
The Bears (2-1 league, 3-2 overall) scored three of the game’s first four goals, and were up 5-2 before Gebhardt (from senior midfielder Kaitlyn Drach) and senior attack Carly Cunningham (from Porter) scored at 2:42 and 0:37, respectively, to make it 5-4 at halftime. Gebhardt scored at 18:19 of the second half to knot the game at 5-5, but Chittenango then scored three of the next four goals for an 8-6 lead. Gebhardt scored with 1:28 left and Reynolds tallied 21 seconds later to force the extra sessions and set the stage for Rosetti.
Pace noted that Reynolds, senior midfielder Jacquie Clark and junior midfielder Ashley Behrenfeld shared in face-marking Chittenango’s top scorer, Jenna Barber, and held her to one second-half goal after she had three goals and two assists in the first half. She also praised senior defender Isabel Wittmaack as the defensive leader for CHS.
Gebhardt led Cortland with three goals, while Clark had two goals and an assist and Cunningham two goals. Barber finished with four goals and two assists for the Bears.
CORTLAND JVs improved to 2-1 with a 21-5 romp over Chittenango. While scoring totals were not reported, goal-scorers for the Purple tigers were Taylor Thomas, Amanda DeGraff, Kayla Holl, Rachel Prentice, Kayla Evans, Jordynn Hogan and Emily Saracene.
CHS coach Phyllis Litzenberger praised Lyndsay Cunningham and Taylor Tabel for their defensive performances, while noting that Saracene and Marissa Rabusin played well at midfield while Holl, Erin Brown and Danea Becker stepped up offensively. Goalie Mikayla Cerio made nine saves.
Both Cortland teams were to host Binghamton today in non-league action at Barry School, the varsity game in a 4:30 p.m. start while the JVs were slated to start at 6 p.m.


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