No. 4 Red Dragons Torch No. 14 Fredonia
from press release
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Senior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) scored four goals and freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) added three goals as nationally fourth-ranked Cortland clinched the SUNYAC regular-season title with a 16-9 win over 14th-ranked Fredonia.
Cortland has earned the right to host the SUNYAC tournament semifinals and finals next Friday and Saturday, May 3-4. The Red Dragons (16-1, 8-0 SUNYAC) will play Friday at 12:30 p.m. versus the winner of Tuesday's first-round game between the fourth and fifth seeds. The SUNYAC tournament expanded to five teams this spring. Fredonia (14-2, 6-2 SUNYAC) will be the second seed and will play Friday at 3 p.m. in the semifinals against the third seed to be determined.
Di Fato finished with four goals and an assist and Geremia had three goals and an assist. Freshman Tara Monaghan (Stony Point/North Rockland) added two goals and an assist, while junior Taylor Robinson (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) and senior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa) each scored twice. Senior Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) made four saves.
Fredonia was playing with leading scorer Katie Kleine (Cazenovia), who is out with a season-ending injury. Marissa Cussins (Corning/Corning West) led the Blue Devils with four goals and an assist. Kaila Fox (Clifton Springs/Midlakes) scored twice and Katie Glagolev (Webster/Webster Thomas) registered a goal and three assists. Casey Chiesa (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) made 10 saves, five in each half.
Cortland took a 3-0 lead nine minutes into the game on goals by Di Fato, Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) and Liz Beville (Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt). Leading 4-2, the Red Dragons tallied the final five goals of the half, starting with Di Fato's goal at the 9:15 mark and ending with a Geremia goal with 3:10 remaining, to take a 9-2 advantage.
Fredonia used a 6-1 run in the first 20 minutes of the second half to turn a 10-2 deficit into an 11-8 game. Cussins scored her four goals during that stretch, including three straight in a seven-minute window. Cortland, however, put the game away with four consecutive goals with less than 10 minutes left – two by Geremia and one each by Di Fato and Nicole Bello (Camillus/West Genesee).
Monaghan and Hayes-Hurley shared the team lead with three draw controls apiece.