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November 13, 2012

 

Dragons’ next stop in Ithaca

The SUNY Cortland women’s soccer team won’t have to travel too far for their next assignment in the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Red Dragons will be part a “Sweet 16” regional being hosted by Ithaca College this coming weekend, with the survivor moving on to the Final Four being held in San Antonio on Nov. 31 and Dec. 1.
Saturday’s sectional semifinals will open with host Ithaca (19-1-2) taking on Misericordia (19-2-1) at 11 a.m. before Cortland (12-4-6) faces Brandeis (15-4-2) at 1:30 p.m. The winners will play for that Final Four berth at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
After winning the SUNY Athletic Conference tournament title as the fourth seed, beating Oneonta 2-1 in the title game on junior Kelly Knight’s goal, the Red Dragons have gotten past two opponents in the NCAAs.
In regional play this past weekend in Geneva, Cortland shut out Springfield College 1-0 on a goal by freshman Amanda Margolis and then advanced past host William Smith College via a penalty-shot shootout after those teams battled to a scoreless draw through regulation and overtime. Sophomore Rachel Parker out of Marathon made the decisive penalty kick connection against William Smith, Cortland prevailing 5-4 in the shootout.
Cortland played in Ithaca during the regular season, losing 1-0 to the Bombers. Last year the Red Dragons also advanced to the ‘Sweet 16’ in the NCAA tournament and was involved in sectional play hosted by Ithaca — losing 2-0 in the quarterfinals to the Bombers.
Gridders Move Up Ranks
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The SUNY Cortland football team that will head into the NCAA Division III playoffs riding an eight-game winning streak moved up in two national rankings after beating Ithaca College 16-10 this past Saturday.
The Red Dragons (8-1) are ranked 16th in the AFCA Division III poll and 18th by D3football.com heading into the post-season. Cortland hosts Framingham State (10-1) from Massachusetts on Saturday at noon to get the NCAAs under way.

 

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