September 23, 2008


Purple Tigers in very stingy mood

The Cortland High field hockey team was “out-statted” by visiting Fayetteville-Manlius Tuesday afternoon, the Hornets with a 13-5 shot advantage and a 12-8 edge in penalty corners.
The one statistic that counts, however, went their way, as they scored a 2-0 victory, goalie Maggie Brown making nine saves for her fourth shutout of the season.
“It probably wasn’t our sharpest performance, but we did what we had to do to pull it out,” Purple Tigers coach Jamie Brown said. “We led the entire second half, but F-M pressured us a lot and our defense bent but didn’t break. They came up big yesterday an Maggie made some big saves in the waning minutes to preserve the shutout.”
Junior forward Christine Gutchess opened the scoring with 5:40 left in the first half, flashing from the right to take a shot in the air by senior forward Melanie delRosario home. delRosario, who had controlled a loose ball at the top of the circle for the assist, scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season with 3:23 left in the game from six yards out on the left side off a feed from senior midfielder Andrea Turcsik, also from near the top of the circle.
“We have more players involved in the scoring,” Brown said of Gutchess’s goal. “It was good to get the second score because it gave us some breathing room. The game was kind of a grind.”
The win was the fifth in a row for the Purple Tigers, who are now 7-1 overall.
CORTAND JVs were shut out 2-0 by Fayetteville-Manlius, falling to 2-5-1 on the season. Sara Simons (24 seconds into the game) and Noelle Knox (4:01 into the second half) were the goal scorers for F-M.
“After settling down in the first half we played better,” CHS coach Maureen White said. “The first quick goal caught us off guard, but we settled down and looked much better as the game went on. Jamie Brown continues to play well at defense, and (goalie) Maria Speranza made some nice saves to keep the game close. Isabel Wiitmaack, Kristie Litzenberger and Sara Hartnett are playing well offensively.”
Speranza stopped eight shots and teammate Alexis Brevetti made one save as F-M had a 12-3 shot advantage.
Both Cortland teams visit Homer Saturday at Butts Field, the varsity game starting at 9 a.m. followed by the JV contest.