April 28, 2011
Dragons wrap up No. 1 seeds
Women breeze past Oneonta, 18-4
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Gina Campese of SUNY Cortland rushes through SUNY Oneonta defense of Jennifer Fox (left) and Katie O’Connor at the Stadium Complex Wednesday.
Clinching the top seed for the upcoming conference tournament proved to be a cinch for the SUNY Cortland women’s lacrosse team on Wednesday.
The defending champion Red Dragons jumped out to a 12-zip halftime lead, pumped in the opening four goals of the second half and cruised to an 18-4 victory over visiting Oneonta to remain unbeaten in SUNY Athletic Conference play. Cortland sits a game ahead of Buffalo State in the standings with one game league remaining for both, and beat the Bengals already in the regular season.
Sophomore Maria Di Fato scored a career-high six goals and picked up an assist, while junior Lindsay Abbott had five assists and three goals in the Red Dragons romp.
First place Cortland is a perfect 7-0 in league play with a regular season finale on tap Saturday when Geneseo visits the Stadium Complex at 1 p.m. The Red Dragons are 15-1 overall, ranked fourth nationally in Division III and will be SUNYAC playoff hosts on May 6-7.
Oneonta (2-5 SUNYAC, 3-12 overall) did not score until there was 16:05 left to play, Taylor O’Brien with that goal. Junior Rebecca Monteith added two goals and an assist in the loss.
Cortland raced out to a 12-0 lead at the half as Di Fato scored four times and Abbott picked up three goals and three assists. The host Red Dragons stretched the lead to 16-0 at the 19:14 mark of the second half on a pair of goals from Di Fato and one score each from freshmen Heather Casey and Liz Beville.
Casey and Beville were among nine Red Dragons who scored once, including freshman Marta Dezio netting her her first career goal. Freshman Ashley Cook recorded three assists.
Cortland finished with a 35-14 shot edge. Sophomore goalies Ally Levy and Shauna Hutchinson split time in the cage — Levy allowing no goals and turning back three shots in the first half while Hutchinson made two saves in the second half.
Abbott led Cortland with six ground balls, five draw controls and four caused turnovers.
l Levy and Abbott were named the SUNYAC Women’s Lacrosse Goalie and Player of the Week, respectively, for the week ending April 24. Levy was also named the ECAC Division III Upstate New York Defensive Player of the Week.
Levy helped lead the nationally fourth-ranked Red Dragons to a 3-0 week with a 4.27 goals against average and a 600 save percentage. Abbott totaled nine goals and 14 assists in three games.
Cortland Men Secure
First Beating Geneseo
GENESEO — With 13 different players scoring goals, SUNY Cortland men wrapped up first place in the conference with a convincing 15-3 lacrosse victory over second place Geneseo on Wednesday afternoon.
Junior attackman Mike Tota led the way with three goals and an assist as the Red Dragons wrapped up first place with 5-0 SUNY Athletic Conference perfection, Cortland now 12-2 on the reason and ranked fifth nationally in Division III.
Coach Steve Beville’s team will host a SUNYAC semifinal round game this coming Wednesday.
Senior attackman Jay DiStefano tallied a game-high five points on a goal and four assists for Cortland, the visitors with a lopsided 46-27 shot edge for the contest. Juniors Zack Mulvaney and Greg Wright, along with freshman Joe Slavik, each contributed one goal and one assist.
Brandon Kurpis had a goal and an assist for Geneseo (3-2 SUNYAC, 6-6 overall), while Graig Lange and Ray Ryan also scored.
Ryan gave the Knights their only lead of the game with an unassisted goal just 44 seconds into the opening quarter. Cortland then closed the first half with seven straight goals, two in the first quarter and five in the second, from seven different players to take a 7-1 lead into halftime.
The Red Dragons outscored the Knights, 2-1, in the third quarter for a 9-2 advantage. In the fourth quarter, Tota scored three times as Cortland notched the final five goals of the game.
Geneseo senior defenseman Joe May, a Homer Central alum, forced two turnovers and picked up two ground balls in the loss.
Cortland concludes the regular season visiting Plattsburgh Saturday at 1 p.m.
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