September 22, 2010
Helping Hand for Dragons
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Senior Brenda Semit (right) of SUNY Cortland tries pushing the ball past Gabi Ferraro of Hartwick College Tuesday.
Danielle Hand scored a goal in each half to lead the nationally sixth-ranked SUNY Cortland field hockey team to a 3-1 victory over visiting Hartwick College on Tuesday.
With the win on their SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex turf, the undefeated Red Dragons improved to 7-0 overall. Sophomore Danielle Groneman added a key second half goal, too, as Cortland finished with a slight 11-7 shot edge for the game.
Hand, a junior out of Whitney Point, gave the Red Dragons a 1-0 lead 24:26 into the game when she deflected Brittany Wilson’s hard pass at the left post.
The game remained 1-0, with much of the play throughout the midfield, until 7:31 into the second half as Hand scored her second of the game and fifth of the season. Sophomore Sara Woodward touched a loose ball in front that Hand jumped on and sent into the left side of the cage.
A little over six minutes later, the Hawks (2-4) made it a 2-1 game as they pressured the Red Dragons. After Cortland goalie Ashley Hughes denied a shot by freshman Gabi Ferraro, the ball bounced out to the right side where sophomore Kelsey Kimble one-timed a shot into the open goal for her team-high third goal of the season.
Groneman gave the Red Dragons back their two-goal lead at 54:59 when she redirected Brenda Semit’s long blast inside the left post. Hartwick pressed late in the game, receiving multiple corners, but could not beat Hughes again.
Hughes finished with four saves for Cortland, while her counterpart Mackenzie Chapman stopped a handful of shots for the Hawks.
Cortland will host Springfield College from Massachusetts in another non-leaguer on Sunday, a 1 p.m. start at the Stadium Complex.
Snyder Helping Herons
GENEVA — Cortland High grad Chelsea Snyder has played a role in William Smith’s climb up the national field hockey poll. the Geneva school now ranked 15th in Division III coming off a 2-1 victory over previously ranked Franklin & Marshall.
William Smith is 7-0 and has won eight straight matches dating back to last fall.
Snyder has been used as a back-up behind sophomore starter Taryl Little, but still has not allowed a goal in just short of two games worth of work for William Smith. The Herons allow just 0.86 goals per game.
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