September 06 , 2007


Red Dragons swat Yellowjackets


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Christine McCabe, right, tries to get into scoring position against University of Rochester’s Alicia Citro in the first half of Wednesday’s field hockey game.  The Red Dragons rolled 4-0 at the Stadium Complex.

Junior Kayla Chambers scored a mere 2:17 into the game and SUNY Cortland went on to dominate visiting Rochester 4-0 in Wednesday’s field hockey home opener.
Sophomore Lauren Eichenberger added her first two goals of the season as the Red Dragons, ranked fourth nationally in Division III, improved to 2-1 on the young season.
The Red Dragons finished with a lopsided 20-3 shot edge in this non-conference clash as the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.
Chambers and Katie Johnson each contributed a goal and an assist for Cortland, and sophomore Christine McCabe recorded an assist.
Junior goalie Stacy Billings out of Marathon made a lone save in the first half. She gave way to sophomore Morgan Burk with five minutes left to play, Burk not called upon to make a save. Rochester did not get a shot off in the second stanza.
For the Yellowjackets (1-1), senior Alicia Citro made two defensive saves, one in each half, and senior goalie Rachel Cahan registered 10 saves. Cahan had stopped 20 and 18 shots versus the Red Dragons during the 2006 and 2005 games, respectively.
Chambers early goal came when she knocked in her own rebound for her team-high sixth goal of the season. At 28:32 of the opening half, Eichenberger notched her first of the game. After beating two defenders in the midfield, McCabe sent a long pass down the left side to a wide-open Eichenberger. She collected the ball and beat Cahan with a low shot.
Early in the second half, Johnson collected her first goal of the game off a Chambers’ assist as she knocked a pass cleanly out of the air and in the goal. Johnson then set up Eichenberger’s second score at 56:27. Johnson sent a pass from the right side into the arc where Eichenberger deflected a shot inside the left post.
Cortland is back in action Friday afternoon, Houghton visiting the Stadium Complex for a 4 p.m. match-up.
Tennis Team Blanked
ONEONTA — Cortland women opened the 2007 tennis season with a 9-0 setback at Oneonta. The hosts improve to 3-0 with the victory.
The closest match came at fifth singles, where Cortland freshman Ariel Kelner lost the first set to Emily Shannon, 6-1, but bounced back to win the second set, 7-5. Due to time constraints, a 10-point “super-tiebreaker” was played instead of a full third set, with Shannon posting a 10-8 victory to claim the match.
Cortland sophomore Katie Freeman and freshman Jennifer Carlisi were competitive at third doubles before falling, 8-5. In singles play, junior Meg Cole was edged in both sets by Katie Wlodarczyk, 6-4 and 7-5, while junior Amanda McElroy lost a tight first set at second singles, 7-5, before dropping a 6-2 decision in the second set.
Cortland will host New Paltz Friday at 4 p.m.



Good start for Purple Tigers

The Cortland High girls’ soccer team opened its OHSL Freedom Division schedule with a 3-0 victory over visiting East Syracuse-Minoa Wednesday night.
“This game was a very physical one throughout the entire 80 minutes,” said Purple Tigers coach Abbey Albright, whose team is now 2-0 overall. “There were 25 fouls called in the game and we were fortunate enough to use some of them to our advantage. As a team, we did a nice job of defending most of the restarts that ES-M had throughout the game.
“Our defensive backs, Caitlin Stevens, Caitlin Cottone, Emily VanGorder, Bailey Reagan and Morgan VanGorder, did a tremendous job with the constant pressure that ES-M applied in our defending third of the field,” he added. “Hannah Polanko-Baker played her first varsity game in goal and made great decisions to ensure the shutout.”
Polanko-Baker collected four saves in the blanking.
Cortland got the only goal it would need at 29:34 of the first half when Casey Marks converted a penalty kick after Jenna Phelps dribbled into the corner of the 18-yard line and was tripped. Marks made it 2-0 just 1:37 into the second half, as Caitlin Stevens tackled an ES-M player and won the ball before playing a through ball to Marks just 15 yards past midfield on the attacking side. Spartans goalie Carissa Ficarro came out, but Marks dribbled by her and put the ball in the far right corner.
Katherine Hunsberger closed out the scoring at 22:50 of the second half, dribbling past Ficarro from 25 yards out on the left-center of the field and hitting the far right corner after taking a pass from Aubrey VanGorder, who in turn had stolen the ball from an ES-M defensive back.



Homer takes second win in as many days

MEXICO — Erika Trivisonno and Kaylee Benz each scored twice as Homer Central girls won for the second time in as many days.
The Trojans posted a 4-0 OHSL Freedom Division socce win over host Mexico Wednesday to improve to 2-0 overall, 1-0 in division play. The Tigers fall to 0-1, 1-2 overall.
 “The team gave as good as an effort as could be expected,” said Homer coach Jim Baranello. “Playing two games in two days with a two-hour bus ride on the first day of school, the girls did what they had to do to win.”
Trivisonno to first goal of the game off an assist from Kourtenee Kohne and Benz made in 2-0 with a nice one-touch off a crossing pass from Trivisonno.
The second half went the same way with Trivisonno tallying for the second time with Kindrah Kohne assisting. Benz closed out the scoring with her third goal of the season as her unassisted tally made the final count 4-0.
“We really created a lot of opportunities on offense,” said Baranello. “Defensively, we played well and kept things under control.”
Danielle Reygers recorded her second shutout in as many varsity starts after making four saves. Anika Perkins recorded 11 saves for Mexico.
After enjoying a day off today, Homer will return to practice Friday before traveling to Westhill Saturday for an 11 a.m. none-league match.