October 09, 2007


Plenty of Dragon contributors

Talk about spreading things around!
The SUNY Cortland field hockey team got six goals from six different players in a 6-1 home field victory over Wilkes Uniersity on Monday.
In a game delayed by 46 minutes due to inclement weather, this Red Dragon squad ranked 11th in the country in Division III improved to 12-2 overall. The Lady Colonels fell to 6-7.
Sophomore Christine McCabe led the Red Dragons’ offense with a goal and three assists. Freshman Erika Salls had a goal and an assist, and senior Kristin Courtney, juniors Kayla Chambers and Melissa Smith and sophomore Jackie Plunkett each recorded one goal.
Junior goalie Stacy Billings out of Marathon made two saves over the opening 63:17 minutes before giving way to sophomore Morgan Burk, who did not have a save over final 6:43.
Cortland opened up a 3-0 lead at the half on goals from Smith,  Chambers and Plunkett. Salls assisted the first score and McCabe assisted the next two. The Red Dragons increased their lead to 6-0 with 15 and a half minutes remaining as Courtney, Salls and McCabe each found the back of the cage.
The Lady Colonels spoiled the shutout bid with 5:12 remaining when junior Devon McKay one-timed a shot off a penalty corner. It was her team-high seventh goal of the season.
Cortland is on the road Wednesday, to face ninth nationally-ranked William Smith in Geneva. Game timeis 4:30 p.m.
Cortland moved up a spot to 11th in the STX/NFCHA Division III Coaches Poll released today. The Red Dragons clinched an eighth consecutive SUNY Athletic Conference title with a win over Geneseo this past weekend.
Bowdoin is the top ranked team in Division III, with The College of New Jersey second. Besides William Smith and Cortland, the only other New York State school ranked is St. Lawrence in 19th.




Greene shuts out Cortland

The offensive woes continue for the Cortland High field hockey team.
The Purple Tigers failed to score a goal for the fourth game in a row Monday, falling to 3-5-2 overall in a 5-0 loss to visiting Greene at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.
“We’ve had opportunities to score the past few games, but this time we played defense the whole game,” Cortland coach Jamie Brown said. “Greene was clearly the better team. They play at a whole different level. We were able to stay with them in the first half, but they wore us down in the second half.”
The Greene advantage was a mere 1-0 at intermission.
“It’s good to play someone of that caliber to see what the next level is all about,” said Coach Brown. “They have good possession skills, with excellent vision and a lot of nice passing sequences, with give-and-goes. (Junior) Andrea Turcsik played well at midfield for us.”
Greene goalie Devyn Staley needed to make just one save in recording the shutout as the Trojans (9-2) out-shot their hosts 27-1. Maggie Brown stopped 14 shots between the pipes for Cortland.
Erin Smith had two goals and an assist for the winners, while Andrea Day scored twice and Christine Conroe had one goal.
Cortland hosts Cato-Meridian at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in an OHSL contest.




Late TD lifts PBA past VFW

In a Giants Division clash of unbeatens, a late touchdown would settle the issue.
Jacob Gray scored on a 15-yard fourth quarter run as PBA rallied to defeat VFW 12-7 in Saturday’s CYB Small Fry Football showdown at Dexter Park’s Gary Wood Field.
The Elks had taken a 6-0 first quarter lead on a Caden Giroux TD scamper, but missed the conversion. VFW then went ahead in the third quarter when a 52-yard Solomon Pittman touchdown run was followed by Justin Prentice’s one-point PAT run.
Also in Giants Division play, Logan Root scored twice as the Elks nipped Moose 13-7. Sage Brown scored the lone Moose touchdown.
IN MIDGETS DIVISION play, Brett Copes ran for three touchdowns as the Elks rolled past Moose 35-7, while a pair of first half touchdown runs by Alex Babcock got VFW started towards a 26-13 win over PBA.
CORRECTION: The wrong captain appeared under a Small Fry football picture taken by contributing photographer Rich Barnes last week, which should have shown an extra-point run by Alex Seyfried that helped the Legion beat PBA in a Midgets Division game. The Cortland Standard apologizes for the fumble.