September 21, 2011
Bombers big 1st half does in Red Dragons
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Bridgette DeSantis of SUNY Cortland heads the ball as she battles Meredith Jones of Ithaca College Tuesday at Jets Field.
Any chance SUNY Cortland women had of springing this soccer upset was pretty much over once halftime arrived.
Visiting Ithaca College scored three unanswered first half goals, with sophomore Anna Gray striking twice, and went on to beat the Red Dragons 4-1 in Tuesday’s non-conference contest at Jets Field on the Cortland campus.
The unbeaten Bombers (5-0-1) came into the game ranked 21st nationally in Division III.
A second half goal by sophomore Kelly Knight, assisted by freshman Amanda Margolis, was the lone offensive success for Cortland. The Red Dragons held a 21-17 shot edge before falling to 3-2-1 on the season, though a solid second half effort could not erase the halftime deficit.
In defeat, Cortland keeper Pam Monnier snatched a share of a school record. The graduate student from East Northport stopped four shots in the loss to pull even with Ali Gray atop in career saves list — both with 263 as a Red Dragon.
Junior Rachel Palladino out of Lansing gave Ithaca a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute with her team-high fifth goal of the season when she put a loose ball in front inside the right post. Gray made it a 2-0 game in the 39th minute, blasting a 28-yard direct kick into the upper left corner of the goal.
In the 39th minute, Gray struck again to put the Bombers up 3-0. Her 25-yard free kick deflected off a Cortland defender and past keeper Monnier.
Cortland pressured early in the second half as senior Jackie De Luise hit the left post in the 48th minute and Ithaca goalie Becca Salant made a save on a De Luise shot moments later.
The pressure eventually paid off in the 52nd minute. Margolis kept the ball alive after a collision with Salant in front. The ball bounced back in the box where Knight struck a 15-yard shot that hit The underside of the crossbar and went over the goal line.
The Red Dragons continued to carry play throughout much of the second half, out-shooting the Bombers, 14-8, over the final 45 minutes, but couldn’t get another shot past Salant. Sophomore Amanada Callanan of the Bombers then sealed the win in the 88th minute with a 30-yard shot on a loose ball that knuckled inside the right post.
The SUNY Athletic Conference season starts for Cortland this weekend, with road trips to New Paltz Friday and Oneonta Saturday.
Cortland Setter Honored
SUNY Cortland junior setter Kristen Guercio has been selected as the SUNY Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 18.
Smithtown native Guercio averaged 11.5 assists, 2.3 digs and 0.7 blocks per set during a 5-0 week for the nationally 21st-ranked Red Dragons. She was named the Most Valuable Player at the Union College Invitational after averaging 12 assists per set in Cortland’s four victories.
She had 40 assists and six digs in a 3-0 win over Skidmore and registered 39 assists, five blocks and seven digs in a 3-0 victory against Union. Earlier in the week, Guercio totaled 28 assists and six digs in a straight-set win at Brockport.
For the season, Guercio is 11.1 assists and 2.3 digs per set. Cortland is 13-0 and is off to its best start since 2004.
Cortland will compete in SUNYAC Eastern Division pool play on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, in Oneonta. The Red Dragons are the defending SUNYAC East and overall conference champion.
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