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October 30, 2008

 

Dragons pull rank by upending Saints

Dragons

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland goalie and Marathon High graduate Stacy Billings makes a save on a shot by Kristi Onzik of St. Lawrence during Wednesday’s match-up of nationally-ranked field hockey teams. Billings led the Red Dragons to a 3-1 victory.

With the NCAA Division III tournament upcoming, this was a nice late-season test the SUNY Cortland field hockey team passed Wednesday afternoon.
In a match-up of nationally ranked teams, the Red Dragons got a pair of first half goals from forward Kayla Chambers and went on to defeat St. Lawrence 3-1 for their 12th consecutive victory.
The Red Dragons also handled the frigid, blustery conditions on their SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex home turf while improving to 14-1 on the season, which will also help out when inclement weather arrives come November.
Coach Cynthia Wetmore’s stickers have two more tough non-league games to close out the regular season this weekend, traveling to New Jersey to face Montclair State on Saturday and The College of New Jersey Sunday. Cortland will then head off to the NCAA tournament, the first round game not until Nov. 12.
St. Lawrence came into this game ranked 20th and falls to 11-5.
Chambers gave Cortland a 2-0 lead 10:25 into the game with her 11th and 12th goals of the season.
At the 8:55 mark, the senior out of Taconic Hills High School put in her own rebound after St. Lawrence senior goalie Emilie Lannamann stopped the initial shot.  Less than two minutes later, Chambers batted a deflected ball out of the air and past Lannamann for the 2-0 advantage. Senior Sam Spehler assisted on the score.
It appeared that Cortland was going to carry the lead into halftime, but the Saints were awarded a penalty corner with no time on the clock and capitalized when sophomore Kelsey Berry deflected junior Jennifer Stetson’s long pass behind Red Dragon senior goalie Stacy Billings for her first goal of the season.
Early in the second half, the Saints pressed for the tying goal, earning four consecutive penalty corners. They nearly cashed in on the last one but sophomore Michelle Laframboise sent a sweeping shot just wide left from the right side.
 Cortland regained the momentum and with 6:15 left almost scored an insurance goal. Sophomore Brenda Semit deflected a hard pass from junior Kylie Burghardt, but the shot caromed off the crossbar.
The Red Dragons eventually made it 3-1 with just 1:31 remaining in the game on freshman Danielle Hand’s deflection off senior Katie Johnson’s assist on a penalty corner.

Marathon Central grad Billings made three saves for Cortland, and Lannamann stopped nine shots for the Saints.