March 8, 2011

Cortland Pulls Away from Nazareth in Second

from press release

CORTLAND, N.Y. – The nationally seventh-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team broke a 6-6 tie at intermission by erupting for 12 second-half goals and went on to an 18-10 victory versus Nazareth Tuesday afternoon in its season opener. Six players combined to score all of the points for the Red Dragons.

Junior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) led the Cortland offense with eight points on four goals and fours assists and added a game-high seven draw controls. Sophomore Mary Hartzheim (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) also contributed four goals in her first game as a Red Dragon. Sophomore Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) had three goals and two assists and recorded a game-best five caused turnovers.

Freshman Taylor Robinson (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) tallied three goals, freshman Taylor Reh (Miller Place) chipped in with two goals and two assists and freshman Ashley Cook (Commack) had two goals and an assist. Each was playing in her first career game. Sophomore Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) made two saves and allowed six goals in the first half before giving way to sophomore Ally Levy (Reisterstown, MD/Seton Keough), who stopped eight shots and surrendered four goals over the final 30 minutes.

Sophomore Erinn Wood (Vestal) paced the Golden Flyers (1-1) with three goals, while sophomore Alyssa Johnston (Canandaigua/Canandaigua Academy) collected two goals and two assists. Seniors Chelsey Amidon (Marcellus/Onondaga Central) and Kristine Olijnyk (Webster/Webster Thomas) each netted a pair of goals, and sophomore Megan Cregan (Rochester/Brighton) scored a goal. Freshman goalie Tara Prosak (Jamesville/Jamesville-DeWitt) made nine saves.

Wood gave Nazareth  the lead at 26 minutes, 17 seconds on a free-position shot, but Cortland ran off four straight goals for a 4-1 lead. Robinson scored twice followed by goals from Abbott and Hartzheim. The Golden Flyers answered with three scores in a row, one from Johnton and two by Amidon, and the teams were tied at 4-4 at the 13:39 mark. The teams closed the half by trading the last four goals with Di Fato and Cook finding the back of the net for Cortland and Cregan and Olijnyk tallying scores for Nazareth.

Five and a half minutes into the second half, the game was still knotted, 8-8, as each team scored twice. Cortland then grabbed the momentum with a five-goal run  for a 13-8 lead. Hartzheim scored three straight, and Abbott and Reh each scored. After Johnston and Wood sandwiched goals around Reh's second of the game to pull the Golden Flyers to within 14-10 at the 13:12 mark, the Red Dragons closed the game with the final four goals from four different players.  
 
GAME SUMMARY:
Team                                  1-2    Final
Nazareth (1-1)                   6-4        10
Cortland (1-0)                    6-12      18

Scoring (Goals-Assists):
Nazareth: Erinn Wood 3-0, Alyssa Johnston 2-2, Kristine Olijnyk 2-0, Chelsey Amidon 2-0, Megan Cregan 1-0, Michelle Cook 0-1
Cortland: Lindsay Abbott 4-4, Mary Hartzheim 4-0, Maria Di Fato 3-2, Taylor Robinson 3-0, Taylor Reh 2-2, Ashley Cooke 2-1

Goalkeepers:
Nazareth: Tara Prosak, 9 saves (18 GA in 60:00)
Cortland: Shauna Hutchinson, 2 saves (6 GA in 30:00), Ally Levy, 8 saves (4 GA in 30:00)

Shots: Cortland 31, Nazareth 22
Ground Balls: Cortland 15, Nazareth 12
Clears: Cortland 15-of-17, Nazareth 12-of-14
Draw Controls: Cortland 16, Nazareth 14
Caused Turnovers: Cortland 12, Nazareth 6
Turnovers: Cortland 15, Nazareth 14
Fouls: Cortland 27, Nazareth 19


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