Cook, Cortland Stun No. 2 Hamilton
from press release
CLINTON, N.Y. – Freshman Ashley Cook (Commack) scored four goals and junior Erin Kollar (East Islip) netted three goals as eighth-ranked Cortland knocked off second-ranked Hamilton College, 12-9, in a battle of top-10 Div. III teams. The Red Dragons improve to 5-1 on the season while snapping the Continentals' 38-game home-field winning streak. Hamilton, last year's NCAA Div. III runner-up and 2008 NCAA champion, last lost at home versus Union on April 22, 2006.
Junior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) finished with two goals and five assists for the Red Dragons. With her seven points, she became the 10th player in school history to reach the career 200-point mark. Abbott has 140 goals and 64 assists for 204 points in two-plus collegiate seasons.
In addition for Cortland, sophomore Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) added two goals and an assist and freshman Taylor Reh (Miller Place) finished with a goal and an assist. Sophomore goalie Ally Levy (Reisterstown, MD/Seton Keough) made 10 saves.
Hamilton (2-1) was led by sophomore Rachel Friedman's (Fairfield, CT) three goals and one assist. Junior Libby Schultz (Troy/Emma Willard School) added two goals and one assist and senior Sarah Bray (Rockville, MD/Connelly School of the Holy Cross) scored twice. Junior Sam Elie (Massapequa/Farmingdale) recorded two saves.
Cortland raced out to a 7-1 lead over the game's first 17 minutes. Cook scored three times and Di Fato tallied twice during that stretch, capped by Cook's goal with 13:35 left in the half. Schultz and Friedman scored the next two goals to cut the lead to 7-3, but Cook and Kollar answered with tallies to put Cortland up 9-3 with 2:25 left. Abbott's assist on Cook's goal was her 200th career point.
Hamilton lit the scoreboard twice in the final minute of the half, including a Bray goal with seven seconds left, to pull within 9-5 at halftime. The Continentals added a goal 1:46 into the second half and trailed 9-6.
Cortland, however, never let the hosts get any closer than three the rest of the way. Leading 10-7, the Red Dragons used goals by Abbott and Kollar to take a five-goal lead with 11:31 left. Hamilton goals with 9:51 and 6:54 remaining brought the margin back to three, but neither team scored after that. Cortland won despite being outshot, 28-20.
Cortland will travel to Ithaca on Saturday, March 26, for a 12 p.m. non-league game.
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