September 5, 2013
Smith sparks Dragons’ win
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Erin Smith of SUNY Cortland moves the ball past Elmira’s Shannon Nelligan to score one of her three goals in the Red Dragons’ 8-1 win Wednesday.
Fresh from being named the SUNY Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Erin Smith came up with another impressive outing for the SUNY Cortland field hockey team.
A senior midfielder out of Greene, Smith scored a career-high three goals as the Red Dragons rolled to an 8-1 victory over Elmira College on Wednesday.
Freshman Alexa Sanzone scored the first two goals of her collegiate career at the Stadium Complex White Field, too, for a Red Dragons squad off to a 2-0 start to this season.
Senior McKenna Light scored the lone goal for debuting Elmira, and was among a trio of former players from local Section 4 power Marathon Central players in action. Light and classmate Sarah Harden were former Olympians who are now Elmira teammates, while Shelby Underwood from Marathon is a freshman forward for the Red Dragons.
While Smith and Sanzone had big games for Cortland, sophomore Jillian Vogl recorded a goal and two assists. Sophomore Meghan Coope and freshman Gabrielle Stein each added a goal, while senior Mallory Guerin recorded two assists and sophomore Sara O’Brien contributed one.
The Red Dragons opened up a 3-0 lead at the half. Sanzone started the scoring with a rebound goal on the right side at 9:58. Smith then struck for back-to-back scores. At the 27:23 mark, she finished off a give-and-go with Vogl on a penalty corner and lifted a high shot over Thomas at 32:43 to make it 3-0.
Just 2:56 into the second half, Stein deflected a pass from O’Brien into the cage at the left post on a penalty corner to stretch Cortland’s lead to 4-0. Light tallied Elmira’s goal at 43:29, blasting a long, low shot that deflected off a defender and over Cortland starting goalie Amanda Perricone.
The Red Dragons finished off the game with the final four goals.
Smith scored her third of the game with another shot lifted inside the post off Guerin’s assist on a penalty corner exactly three minutes after Light’s score. At 58:36, Vogl tucked a penalty-stroke shot inside the left post to make it 6-1. Less than four minutes later, Sanzone picked up her second goal of the game, deflecting in Vogl’s pass inside the right post.
Coope completed the scoring when she knocked in a rebound with 2:29 remaining.
The Red Dragons out shot the Soaring Eagles 43-4 and held a decisive 22-0 advantage in penalty corners.
Junior Perricone did not make a save in her 57 minutes of action, with freshman Chelsea Palma with a lone stop going the rest of the way in goal in her first collegiate action.
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