September 16, 2013


Cortland women enjoy OT soccer consolation

SoccerJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Meg Burke (5) and teammate Abby Williams (23) go up for a header during a corner kick against Ithaca in the first half of Saturday’s game. Ithaca was a 3-0 winner.

GENEVA — Playing a ranked soccer opponent for the third straight contest, SUNY Cortland women came up with a 3-2 overtime victory over Rochester in the consolation contest of the Upstate Collegiate Cup on Sunday.
Senior Samantha Gardner scored an unassisted goal 5:47 into the second overtime period on Sunday to knock off the 25th ranked Yellowjackets, as Cortland improved to 2-2-1 on the season.
Gardner connected on the game-winner in the 106th minute when she scored on a direct free kick after a Rochester foul.
Cortland had lost at home in the opening round Saturday, as fifth-ranked Ithaca College was a 3-0 shutout winner on Jets Field.
Ninth-ranked tournament host William Smith won the title with a 1-0 victory over Ithaca in Sunday’s title game. The Herons had blanked Rochester 3-0 in the other semifinal contest Saturday.
In Cortland’s win over Rochester, senior Kelly Knight picked up a goal and an assist. Sophomore Jessica McFadden also scored and junior Rachel Parker out of Marathon picked up an assist for the Red Dragons, as junior goalie Taylor Hudson stopped five shots to earn her first win of the season.
Jessica Smith netted both of the goals for the Yellowjackets (3-3). She sent the game into overtime tied at 2-2 with a goal in the 71st minute.
In the loss to Ithaca, Cortland was out-shot 17-9 and gave up all three goals in the opening 30 minutes. Sophomore Kelsey King scored twice for the Bombers and senior Jackie Rodabaugh once.
Cortland’s Hudson recorded five saves in that loss.
Men’s Soccer: After junior Kyle Marsh out of Marathon scored just 44 seconds into the game, Cort-land (3-3) went on to blank RIT 5-0 on Saturday at Jets Field.
Senior Bryan Merlos picked up a pair of goals and an assist for the Red Dragons, who also got goals from Chris McBride and Thomas Nocito. Senior Joe Buffolino recorded two assists while freshman Daniel Friend collected an assist for his first career point.
Junior goalie Tim Beauvais registered seven saves for the Red Dragons, many on long shots, in posting the shutout. Cortland had a 17-12 shot advantage.
Volleyball: Cortland finished 1-3 over two days of play at the Union Invitational with a pair of losses on Saturday, falling to Union 27-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-16 and to Nazareth 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 25-18.
Aubrey Barrett was named to the all-tournament team for the Red Dragons, and she had eight kills, 31 assists and 11 digs against Union. Senior Ava Hintz finished with 11 kills and Cortland High grad Kelly Knauerhase had 11 kills and eight digs in the loss.
Against Nazareth, Barrett registered a triple-double with 10 kills, 20 assists and 10 digs and also totaled three blocks. Junior Knauerhase and sophomore Kim Givelechian had nine kills each.
Women’s Golf: Cortland senior Rebecca Studin tied for first place as the Red Dragons earned a share of sixth place in the final team standings at the the two-day NYU Invitational at the Spook Rock Golf Course.
Studin and St. Lawrence’s Claire O’Neil posted identical rounds of 75 on Saturday and 73 on Sunday for a medalist total of 148. Cortland finished tied for sixth place with St. Lawrence in the 11-team field with 677 total strokes.
Williams won the team title with a 625 score, with Middlebury second at 652 a mere shot ahead of NYU.
The Red Dragons had sophomore Melissa Rath tie for 16th place with a 167 total and sophomore Carly Peters share 29th place with a 175.
Women’s Tennis: Cortland lost its home opener 8-1 to Union College, as the visitors swept all six singles matches. The lone victory for the Red Dragons (1-2) came in second doubles, where junior Mary Claire Kopcienski and freshman Natalie Groves won 8-6.


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