October 2, 2013


Dragons dominate Nazareth

Field HockeyJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Emily Woods (left) gets crossed up with Nazareth College’s Hannah Weitzel in the first half Tuesday.

SUNY Cortland continued its recent goal-scoring binge and spoiled the homecoming of Nazareth College coach Andrea Tutino in the process on Tuesday afternoon.
The nationally 17th-ranked Red Dragons grabbed a 4-0 halftime lead and went on to beat Nazareth 7-2 in a non-conference game at the Stadium Complex White Field. Freshman Gabrielle Stein out of Maine-Endwell had a three-goal hat trick as Coach Cynthia Wetmore’s 6-2 squad has now scored 29 goals in their last three contests.
Cortland High grad Tutino’s Golden Flyers fell to 3-5 on the season, Nazareth also having former CHS players Izzy Wittmaack and Gabby DiSanto on its roster.
Cortland carried the play from the opening whistle and finally broke through at 17:23 when junior Abby Wentlent tucked a penalty stroke into the upper right corner after Nazareth goalie Mary Greco covered the ball in the circle. Just under three minutes later, Stein scored her first of the game on a rebound after Greco denied junior Erica Wharton’s initial shot.
Sophomore Jillian Vogl made it 3-0 at 27:44, blasting a long shot inside the left post from the right side, and senior Karly Vdoviak sent Cortland into intermission with a 4-0 lead when she buried a rebound into the upper left from the left side at 33:01.
Stein pushed the lead to 5-0 at the 41:57 mark, deflecting Vdoviak’s cross from the right past Greco.
Senior Jordan Ritchie put the Golden Flyers on the scoreboard at 47:19 when she was able to knock a rebound of her own shot by back-up Cortland goalie Chelsea Palma right in front. A minute and a half later, Stein completed her hat trick on a deflection of a Vogl pass in the middle of the circle on a penalty corner.
Erin Smith increased Cortland’s lead to 7-1 at 57:49 with a shot through Greco’s pads, also on a penalty corner. Nazareth sophomore Maggie Muzio completed the scoring just over two minutes later when she accepted a pass from Sarah Wazenkewitz, carried into the circle and deposited a long shot inside the left post.
Cortland held a lopsided 40-5 shot advantage, and took 28 penalty corners to one for the Golden Flyers.
The Red Dragons return to play on Sunday, traveling to Rochester for a 1 p.m. non-league contest.
— Cortland’s Smith was named the SUNY Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. The senior out of Greene anchored a Cortland defense that allowed just eight shots in a pair of wins over the weekend. She also recorded 10 points on three goals and four assists from her back position.
In a 15-0 victory versus Morrisville St. Friday, Smith registered one goal and two assists. In a 7-2 win at Oswego Saturday, she scored the game-winner and tied her career high with six points on two goals and two assists.


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