June 1, 2011


Abbott chosen as nation’s top midfielder

LacrosseBob Ellis/staff photographer
Lindsay Abbott of SUNY Cortland was named the NCAA Division III Midfielder of the Year by Synapse Sports/

SUNY Cortland junior midfielder Lindsay Abbott and sophomore midfielder Maria Di Fato have been selected to the 2011 Synapse Sports/ Division III All-America squad.
Abbott was chosen to the All-America first team and was named the national Midfielder of the Year. Di Fato earned All-America second-team honors, while freshman attacker Ashley Cook was named to the national All-Rookie team.
In addition, Abbott was named a first-team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. Abbott, Di Fato, Cook and sophomore goalie Ally Levy earned IWLCA All-Empire Region first-team awards, with junior midfielder Jordan Miller chosen to the all-region second team.
Abbott registered one of the best seasons ever by a Cortland player.
In 23 games, the Onondaga Central alum totaled 62 goals and 76 assists for 138 points. She also recorded 95 draw controls, 33 caused turnovers and 45 ground balls. She set school records for single-season points and single-season assists. She broke the previous points record by 30 and the previous assists record by 34. She led the nation in total assists and ranked second in total points.
In three seasons, Abbott is already Cortland’s career leader with 126 assists and 311 total points and is tied for fifth with 185 goals.
Coach Kathy Taylor’s Red Dragons set a school record for victories during a 21-2 season that ended in the NCAA Division III semifinals, where Cortland lost to eventual national champion Gettysburg 13-11. The Red Dragons won their 13th straight SUNY Athletic Conference title.
Di Fato, out of West Genesee, led the Red Dragons with 67 goals and added 22 assists for 89 total points. She also led the team with 64 ground balls and 67 caused turnovers and was second with 29 draw controls. Her 67 goals are the fifth-highest single-season total in school history. In two seasons, Di Fato has recorded career totals of 107 goals and 40 assists for 147 points.
Cook finished third on the team with 54 goals and second on the team with 25 assists for 79 total points. She picked up 30 ground balls and won 11 draw controls. Cook scored on 64.3 percent of her total shots taken (54-of-84). Cook is only the second Cortland freshman to score at least 50 goals in a season – the first was Abbott with her 72 goals in 2009.
Levy posted a 19-1 record in 21 appearances in goal, 18 as a starter. She finished with a 7.00 goals against average and a .502 save percentage. Levy ranked fifth nationally in Div. III in goals against average and 21st in save percentage.
Miller totaled 16 goals and six assists in 21 games. She missed Cortland’s final two games after suffering an injury in the NCAA second round versus Tufts. Miller finished the year with 37 ground balls, 26 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers, and played an important role on Cortland’s clears.
Abbott was also named the SUNYAC Player of the Year, with Taylor selected as the conference’s Coach of the Year.
Six Red Dragons earned All-SUNYAC honors. Abbott was joined on the first team by Di Fato, Cook and sophomore defender Meg Rowe on the first team. Miller and goalie Levy were second team selections.


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