Di Fato and No. 5 Cortland Overtake Oswego
from press release
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Senior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) scored a game-high five goals and added an assist to lead the nationally fourth-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team to a 15-5 victory versus Oswego Saturday afternoon in SUNYAC action. The Red Dragons improved to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while the Lakers fell to 4-5 and 1-2.
Cortland freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) led all scorers with seven points on three goals and four assists. Senior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa) and junior Taylor Robinson (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) each netted a pair of goals, freshman Tara Monaghan (Stony Point/North Rockland) recorded one goal and one assist and sophomores Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) and Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) notched one goal apiece.
Senior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) made three saves as Oswego was held to 10 shots in the game. Junior Jessica Lavelle (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) registered games highs of seven caused turnovers and seven ground balls, while Di Fato and Geremia each collected three ground balls and Hayes-Hurley and Monaghan tallied five and four draw controls, respectively.
Freshman Erannan Shattuck (Syracuse/Bishop Grimes) led the Lakers with two goals and one assist. Junior Mackenzie Kjerstad (Baldwinsville) netted a pair of goals, and junior Courtney Cosentino (Syracuse/Corcoran) scored a goal. Junior goalie Nikki Greco (Syracuse/West Genesee) stopped 13 shots. Junior Elise Tartaglia (Liverpool) and sophomore Amanda Hagen (Coram/Longwood) each scooped up three ground balls, freshman Esther Gabriel (Lancaster) had three draw controls and junior Megan McNulty (Holbrook/Sachem North) contributed three caused turnovers.
The Red Dragons jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead as Robinson, Hayes-Hurley and Di Fato each scored in the opening three minutes, 30 seconds. The advantage grew to 6-0 at the 10:16 mark with goals from Di Fato, Monaghan and Campese. Shattuck stopped the run with her first goal at 6:05 and Cortland led, 6-1, at the half.
After Geremia scored at 27:24 of the second half, the Lakers pulled to within 7-3 on goals from Shattuck and Kjerstad just over a minute apart. Farrell and Di Fato answered with scores within 71 seconds of each other to bump the lead to 9-3 with 21:44 remaining.
Kjerstad's second of the game made it 9-4, but Geremia and Robinson netted goals 30 seconds apart five minutes later to give the Red Dragons a commanding 11-4 lead with 11:07 on the clock. Cosentino tallied an unassisted goal for Oswego at 8:13 before Cortland closed the game with four straight goals for the 15-5 final.
The game was a feature of Cortland lacrosse Sticks it to Breast Cancer with money raised through donations and a silent auction. The Red Dragons wore special pink uniform tops and game socks in the contest.