April 18, 2012


Second-ranked Dragon teams romp

Abbott surpasses 400 career points for ladies

LacrosseJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Natalie Melaniff (3) is chased by SUNY Potsdam defenders Brittany Coffey (21) and Maribeth Simmons (2) in the first half of Tuesday’s lacrosse clash.

Already the all-time school scoring record holder, SUNY Cortland’s Lindsay Abbott reached another lofty plateau for future generations of women’s lacrosse players to pursue.
Senior Abbott became the first Red Dragon to ever surpass 400 career points during Tuesday afternoon’s 22-1 conference conquering of visiting Potsdam, coming up with four goals and three assists on the Stadium Complex turf.
The midfielder out of Onondaga Central now has 401 points on 235 goals and 166 assists in her four seasons at Cortland. Those numbers are all school records while leading this first place Red Dragons squad that is now 5-0 in the SUNY Athletic Conference, 12-1 overall and ranked second in the country in Division III.
Nine different players scored goals against the Bears, including junior Maria Di Fato with five goals and an assist. Senior Erin Kollar contributed three goals and three assists, while junior Taylor Harney two goals and an assist. Two-goal games came from junior Mary Hartzheim, sophomore Taylor Reh and soph Taylor Robinson in the romp.
Di Fato and sophomore Jessica Lavelle recorded game-highs of four caused turnovers each. Junior Natalie Melaniff collected a game-high six draw controls, while Lavelle and freshman Chelsea Martin scooped up three ground balls apiece.
Starting goalie Shauna Hutchinson and back-up Courtney Morgan didn’t have much to do as Cortland held a 38-2 shot advantage. Hutchinson had one save before Morgan took over, the sophomore not facing a shot over the final 12:32.
A first half goal by freshman Margaret Wall was the only Potsdam success story, the Bears now 1-5 in conference play and 4-9 overall.
Abbott and Edward opened the scoring for Cortland, and after Wall made it a 2-1 game at the 24:52 mark of the first half, the Red Dragons closed out the opening 30 minutes with 13 straight goals.
Abbott and Di Fato each scored three times during the outburst with Abbott recording her 400th point on her fourth goal of the game at 12:56. Kollar completed the streak when she scored just before the horn.
The Red Dragons, who held the Bears without a shot in the second half, outscored Potsdam 7-0 over the final 30 minutes.
The Red Dragons close their regular season with three straight road conference games starting with Saturday’s 1 p.m. trip to Fredonia in a first place showdown. Fredonia improved to 6-0 in conference play with an 11-10 victory over Brockport on yesterday.


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