April 30, 2012


Dragons the hosts with the most

They have done it again.
Four nationally ranked SUNY Cortland spring sports teams are ruling the conference roost once more, all winding up first place campaigns with undefeated weekends. Now this Red Dragon quartet of regular season SUNY Athletic Conference champions will all be hosts to the upcoming conference playoffs that get underway week, which seems to be becoming an annual occurrence.
That will make things easier for retiring SUNY Athletic Conference commissioner Patrick Damore, who is stepping down from the job he took over back in 1979. Damore can stay in Cortland this coming weekend to hand out the playoff championship trophies in baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse and men’s lacrosse — since the Red Dragons will be top-seeded hosts in each case.
And in all four playoffs, the champion earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.
- After a 15-5 baseball victory completed a series sweep of visiting New Paltz on Sunday at Wallace Field, in a game featuring 19 base hits including a Kyle Barkley grand slam home run, Cortland will now host the double-elimination, four-team SUNYAC tournament that starts Friday. A champion will be crowned Sunday.
Cortland is ranked seventh in the country, has 14 consecutive wins and finished 16-2 in conference play. Coach Joe Brown’s team takes a 31-7-1 overall record into Tuesday’s 4 p.m. non-conference hosting of Misericordia prior to the playoffs.
The Red Dragons have won 30 or more games for the eighth straight season, and for the 18th time in the past 19 years.
- After a doubleheader softball sweep at Oneonta by 4-1 and 12-1 margins on Saturday, featuring Meaghan Kohler’s school record 13th home run of the season, Cortland gets to host the double-elimination, six-team SUNYAC tournament that starts Thursday. The Red Dragons get things going facing Oswego at 9 a.m. at Dragon Field.
Cortland is ranked 11th in the country, has a modest five-game winning streak and finished 17-1 in the conference. Over the past four years, the Red Dragons have a combined 71-2-1 record in SUNYAC regular season games.
With a 34-6 overall record, Cortland has won 30 or more games for the 11th consecutive season under the direction of Coach Julie Lenhart.
- After a 12-7 women’s lacrosse victory at Geneseo on Saturday afternoon that featured senior midfielder Lindsay Abbott eclipsing the 100-point mark for the second consecutive season, Cortland will host the conference Final Four on Friday and Saturday at the Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons host Brockport at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals, with Fredonia facing Buffalo State in the second contest that day. The title game will be Saturday.
Cortland is ranked second in the country, has 14 consecutive wins and finished an unbeaten 8-0 in conference play. The Red Dragons are 15-1 overall, the lone loss being by one-goal setback against No. 1 ranked Salisbury back on March 7.
- After a 16-8 men’s lacrosse triumph at Potsdam on Saturday, when senior attackman Mike Tota had career highs of seven goals and nine points, Cortland will be a Wednesday semifinal round playoff host when fourth-seed Oneonta visits at 4 p.m. If the Red Dragons win, they will host a Saturday title game.
Cortland is ranked second in the country, finished off an unbeaten regular season for the first time in school history and won all six conference contests with ease. The Red Dragons are 16-0 overall for head coach Steve Beville, who has a school-best 101 career coaching wins in his six seasons at Cortland.
IN BASEBALL, senior second baseman Matt June drove in four runs with a 3-for-5 bat in Cortland’s 15-5 Sunday victory that completed a three-game sweep over two days of play at Wallace Field.
The Red Dragons led 9-0 through four innings and then survived a five-run sixth inning outburst by the Hawks. Barkley’s grand slam homer in the seventh helped Cortland regain control.
Cortland had opened the series with a 3-2 extra-inning victory over New Paltz on Saturday, settled when junior Bryan Mistretta singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Cortland collected 16 hits in the game, led by Brian Barry’s 3-for-4 bat, but stranded 13 baserunners and had two players thrown out at the plate.
Mistretta then homered in the second seven-inning contest won by Cortland 2-0 behind the three-hit shutout pitching of junior Ray Angelucci (9-1), who struck out five. Angelucci has allowed just five hits in his last three starts, spanning 20 innings.
IN SOFTBALL, senior pitcher Lyndsay Rowell (14-5) allowed just two hits over six innings in the 4-1 opening win at Oneonta, as Nicole Gallo and Lucia Meola had two hits apiece to lead the offense. Gallo had an RBI double and Kayla Lynch a clutch run-scoring single for the Red Dragons.
Sophomore Kohler’s 13th home run was part of a 2-for-3 performance in the second game won by the Red Dragons 12-1 in five innings, the New Jersey native driving in four runs. Lynch also homered, finishing 2-for-2 with four RBIs.
Senior Jessica Harman and senior Lorraine Stoddard also had two hits apiece, while senior Abby Martin improved her pitching record to 12-1 pitching the first 3-1/3 innings.
IN WOMEN’S LACROSSE, junior Maria Di Fato had five goals for the Red Dragons, while school all-time scoring leader Abbott had three goals and two assists. For the season, Onondaga Central product Abbott had 59 goals and 45 assists.
Senior Erin Kollar scored twice in the win over Geneseo, while freshman Marilyn Farrell and junior Laura Edward also scored.
Junior goalie Shauna Hutchinson made five saves and scooped up four ground balls for the Red Dragons. Di Fato also added a game-high four caused turnovers and four ground balls. Abbott collected a game-best six ground balls.
The teams were deadlocked at 3-3 late in the first half when the Red Dragons managed some breathing room, two scores from Di Fato and a goal by Abbott in the final two minutes of the half providing a 6-3 lead that grew to 8-3 early in the second half on goals by Kollar and Edward.
IN MEN’S LACROSSE, fellow senior attackman Greg Wright supported Tota’s big day with three goals and three assists. Two sophomores, attackman Cody Consul and midfielder Joe Slavik, added a goal and an assist apiece.
Cortland wasted little time in taking control of the game, building a 5-0 lead before the midway point of the first quarter as five different players found the back of the net. The lead was a commanding 13-2 by halftime.


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