December 03 , 2007


Cortland women capture home debut behind Laing

Sophomore Jessica Laing made sure the SUNY Cortland women’s basketball team had a successful home opener on Saturday night.
The sophomore forward had 26 points and yanked down a dozen rebounds as the unbeaten Red Dragons defeated Nazareth College 63-48 in a non-conference contest at Corey Gymnasium.
That performance spoiled the homecoming of two local Nazareth players, freshmen Mary Holland from Dryden and Hillary Simon from Homer. Holland led the Golden Flyers with 12 points and four assists. Simon, the starting goalie on the soccer squad, added four points and got her hands on eight rebounds in a losing effort.
Cortland is off to a 4-0 start, Coach Jeannette Yeoman’s team ranked 24th nationally in Division III.
 Junior guard Maggie Byrne added 11 points and three steals, senior forward Sara Cavanaugh scored nine points and junior forward Ali Canale finished with seven points and 10 rebounds for the Red Dragons.
Junior Kristin Ciccone  scored six points and made three steals and sophomore Miranda Lustig dished out a team-high four assists to add to the victory.
Holland was 4-of-9 from 3-point range to account for half of the Golden Flyers’ treys. Sophomore Kelly Dunne finished with 10 points and three assists.
Laing scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first half to help the Red Dragons take a 37-25 lead at the break. Cortland, which never trailed, led 51-32 after a Laing three-point play with 12:39 left and held a 53-35 advantage following a Cavanaugh jumper with 12:05 left.
Nazareth, however, held the hosts scoreless for more than seven minutes and without a field goal for almost nine minutes. A 9-0 run, featuring three-pointers by Holland and Jamie Malloy, pulled the Golden Flyers within 53-44 with 4:43 left. Laing hit a free throw with 4:29 remaining to end the Cortland drought.
Byrne’s two free throws with 3:39 left and Laing’s layup at the 3:08 pushed the Cortland lead back to 14 points and sealed the victory.
Cortland returns to action Tuesday, visiting Ithaca College. Tip-off is at 6 p.m., with the Cortland and Ithaca men following at 8 o’clock.
Cortland Men Roll
ALFRED — Sophomore center Mike Lewis scored 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead four double-figure scorers as Cortland defeated Alfred 79-53 in a non-league match-up on Sunday.
Junior Juan Miolan also scored 14 points for the Red Dragons, who improve to 5-1.
Junior Carson Niehoff made all nine of his free throws and finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Paul Oliver added 12 points and sophomore Will Coston tallied nine points, five rebounds and four steals.
Garlen Patt registered 15 points and seven rebounds and Carl Embury scored 11 points for Alfred (0-6).
Trailing 19-14 with 8:31 left in the first half, Cortland went on a 12-0 run and led by seven with 3:39 left. Niehoff scored eight points during that stretch. The Red Dragons were up 29-24 at halftime and held a 43-35 lead with 14:26 left before putting the game away with a 14-2 run over the next three minutes, fueled by six points from Coston and five by Miolan.
Cortland dominated the backboards 44-29, and grabbed 18 offensive rebounds with led to 18 second-chance points. The Red Dragons also turned 23 Alfred turnovers into 29 points.




CHS second at own dual meet tournament

Cortland High wrestlers almost came away as the top team at its own dual meet tournament on Saturday.
After posting five victories over two days, the team title came down to the Purple Tigers final match against also unbeaten Indian River — and CHS came up short 31-25 in that clash for first place.
While Indian River was the team champion with a perfect 6-0 mark, CHS settled for second and Ithaca grabbed third place at 4-2. Chittenango (3-3), Marcellus (2-4), Jordan-Elbridge (1-5) and Southern Cayuga (0-6) rounded out the tournament field.
Cortland picked up two wins on Friday, then beat Ithaca 48-13, Southern Cayuga 71-0 and Jordan-Elbridge 54-19 before taking on Indian River.
Josh Morehouse (215) and Cody Cute (171) each completed the two-day event with perfect 6-0 records for the Purple Tigers. Morehouse recorded three pins, while Cute stuck two opponents.
Dan Foster (189) went 5-0 with three pins while teammate Brandon Fitzgerald was also 5-0 with one pin. Garrett Wyatt and Nick Reisweber notched 3-0 marks. Reisweber competed at 125 while Wyatt had two matches at 152 and one at 160.
Barry Kinney posted a solid 5-1 record for the Purple Tigers. Kinney was 3-1 at 130 with two pins and 2-0 at 135 with one pin. Corby Reynolds went 5-1 as well. Reynolds was 4-1 at 145 and 1-0 at 152.
Mike Gates was another 5-1 finisher for Cortland with four pins as he had all his matches in the 119-pound weight class.
The following Purple Tigers were in action over the two days as well: Anthony Stento (112, 4-2, 3 pins), A.J. Meldrim (140, 4-2, one pin), Jason DeGouff (130-135, 3-2); Montana Sanders (152, 2-1); Tyler Thayer (103, 1-2), Barklee Sanders (103, 1-2); Shaq Sanders (125, 1-0), Devon Darrow (125, 1-0); Garret Morse (125, 0-1); Kyle Cute (135, 0-1) and Dustin Vasquez (189, 0-1).
CHS will return to mat action Wednesday with a 6 p.m. match at Chittenango.




Golden Eagles get 1st win in consi contest

MORRISVILLE — Grabbing third place in the Morrisville Ice Plex Tournament was an ideal way for the Cortland-Homer Golden Eagles to finish off a stretch of three hockey games in three days.
The first line of Matt Porter, Steve Stowell and Paul Zimmerman each collected a goal and two assists as the Golden Eagles blanked Victor 4-0 in Saturday’s consolation contest.
It was the first victory of the season for the Golden Eagles, who are 1-3 heading into a Tuesday trip to face Ontario Bay. In Saturday’s title game, Ontario Bay nipped Hamilton 4-3.
Sean McSherry also scored for the Golden Eagles, while goalie Brett Kash came up with 19 saves to earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
“It was a good result from a pretty consistent effort on the part of the entire team, especially being our third contest in as many days,” said CHS-Homer coach Don Armstrong. “Not only did the defense improve their play in our end, but the forwards did a great job helping out down low to reduce the quality scoring chances that Victor had.”
The Golden Eagles grabbed a 1-0 first period lead n a goal from Zimmerman with 9:15 left in the stanza, line mates Stowell and Porter both picking up assists. “This was a result of sustained offensive pressure by our first line, with a couple of good passes, which created a great scoring chance that Paul converted from in close,” said Armstrong.
Stowell made it 2-0 in the second period when the Golden Eagles converted on a penalty play, the locals with a two-man advantage. Stowell scored on a low shot, Porter and Zimmerman the set-up men.
Another power play goal in the third period made it 3-0, Porter scoring on shot just below the right faceoff dot. Stowell provided the pass on that shot, Zimmerman picking up the second assist.
McSherry closed the scoring with 1:28 left, taking a pass from Codie Garrison and beating Victor goalie Katie Double (19 saves) from close range.
“It was good to see the first line have a productive game, and lines two and three showed improvement over the course of the game,” said Coach Armstrong.