November 8, 2011
Red Dragon spikers headed to Clarkson NCAA regional
The SUNY Cortland women’s volleyball team will be making its 23rd NCAA Division III tournament appearance and second in a row as part of an eight-team regional hosted by Clarkson University in Potsdam.
The Red Dragons (39-1) will open against Southern Vermont (30-2) in the first round on Friday. Match time is to be announced.
The opening day of the regional will also feature Clarkson (28-8) vs. Nazareth College (26-12), Skidmore College (27-8) vs. New Hampshire’s Rivier College (22-13), and Middlebury College from Vermont vs. New Hampshire’s Colby-Sawyer (20-14).
The Cortland-Southern Vermont winner will face the Clarkson-Nazareth winner in the regional semifinals on Saturday, with the regional final set for Sunday. The regional champion advances to the “Elite Eight” at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 18-20.
Under seventh-year head coach Pam Hoerup, Cortland won its 18th SUNY Athletic Conference title this past weekend to earn an automatic NCAA bid. The Red Dragons have advanced to the national quarterfinals eight times, most recently in 2000. Cortland opened the season with a 20-match win streak and has currently won 19 consecutive matches.
Senior outside hitter Ashley Coyle leads Cortland with 449 kills and is third on the team with 422 digs. Senior middle hitter Sheena Asibey has 342 kills, a .318 attack percentage and 91 blocks, while senior middle hitter Kaitlyn Cooper is third on the team with 255 kills and leads the squad with 103 blocks. Junior setter Kristen Guercio averages 10.7 assists per set.
Women’s Soccer in NCAAs
The SUNY Cortland women’s soccer team will be making its first NCAA Division III tournament appearance since 1998 and 11th overall when the Red Dragons face Eastern University from Pennsylvania in a first round game hosted by Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday at 11 a.m.
The other game in the four-team bracket features host Case Western (12-3-3) against Lebanon Valley (13-5-3) at 1:30 p.m. The two winners will play Sunday at 1 p.m. at Case.
Cortland, coming off a 1-0 loss to New Paltz in the SUNYAC finals this past Saturday, enters the game with a 12-5-2 record. Freedom Conference champion Eastern brings a 13-5-2 mark into the contest.
Freshman forward Amanda Margolis leads the Red Dragons in scoring with eight goals and eight assists, while senior forward Jackie De Luise has eight goals and two assists. Graduate student Pam Monnier has eight shutouts in goal for Cortland, with a 0.70 goals against average.
Conference champion New Paltz (13-5-2) has a first round game at Lynchburg (19-2-1) in Virginia.
Stickers Open Up Wednesday
The SUNY Cortland field hockey team will open its 13th consecutive NCAA Division III tournament appearance on Wednesday, traveling to Lancaster, Pa., to face Franklin & Marshall in a 2 p.m. first round contest.
The winner will advance to face Middlebury College in the second round on Saturday as part of a four-team regional hosted by Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Skidmore (18-1) will take on the winner of Amherst (13-3) and Gwynedd-Mercy (16-4) in the other second-round game.
Cortland (12-6) earned an NCAA automatic berth by winning the SUNYAC playoff title with a 2-1 overtime win versus Oneonta this past Saturday.
Franklin & Marshall (16-3) is making its fifth NCAA appearance and its first since 1992. The Diplomats earned an at-large berth after losing to Ursinus, 2-1, in the Centennial Conference finals.
F&M was the Centennial regular-season champion with a 10-0 mark.
Cortland, led by 14th-year head coach Cynthia Wetmore, is making its 27th NCAA tournament appearance. Junior Sara Woodward leads Cortland with 11 goals and junior Katie Barbagallo has scored 10 goals, including three game-winners.
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