June 29, 2012


Red Dragon Abbott picked ECAC’s best

SUNY Cortland senior midfielder Lindsay Abbott has been chosen as the 2012 ECAC Division III Women’s Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic Region Offensive Player of the Year.
Abbott, out of Onondaga Central, earned a similar honor last year when she was named the ECAC Division III Upstate New York Offensive Player of the Year. This season, the ECAC combined the Upstate New York and the Metro-South regions into one “Mid-Atlantic” region.
Abbott is one of three Red Dragons named to the All-ECAC Mid-Atlantic Region first team along with junior midfielder Maria Di Fato and junior defender Natalie Melaniff.
Abbott, a four-time All-American and two-time SUNY Athletic Conference Conference Player of the Year, recorded 71 goals and 59 assists for 130 points this spring. She led the Red Dragons and ranked second nationally in points scored and was the team leader and fifth nationally in assists.
Abbott finished as Cortland’s career leader with 256 goals, 185 assists and 441 total points and completed her career ranked third in NCAA Division III history in points scored.Cortland finished the season 20-2 and won their 14th straight SUNYAC. The Red Dragons played in the NCAA Division III tournament for the 14th consecutive year and advanced to their second straight “Final Four” before losing, 7-5, to eventual national champion Trinity College out of Connecticut in the national semifinals.
Di Fato, a two-time IWLCA All-American out of West Genesee, led Cortland with 76 goals and was second with 104 total points this season. She also led the Red Dragons with 62 caused turnovers and 68 ground balls and ranked third nationally with 2.8 caused turnovers per game. Through three seasons, Di Fato ranks seventh at Cortland with 183 career goals, sixth with 68 assists and fifth with 251 points. Di Fato was the 2010 ECAC Div. III Upstate New York Rookie of the Year and first-team All-ECAC selection.
Melaniff, a third-team All-American this spring, led Cortland with 62 draw controls and also finished the season with seven goals, two assists, 29 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.
The Wantagh native helped Cortland’s defense rank sixth nationally in scoring defense at 7.05 goals per game.


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