No. 7 Cortland Dumps St. Lawrence
from press release
CANTON, N.Y. – Junior midfielder Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) matched her career high with seven goals as nationally seventh-ranked Cortland defeated St. Lawrence, 14-8. The teams were playing for the first time since 1999.
Abbott finished with seven goals and one assist and sophomore Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) scored three goals for the Red Dragons (2-0). Sophomore Mary Hartzheim (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) and freshman Ashley Cook (Commack) each recorded a goal and an assist, while freshmen Taylor Robinson (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) and Liz Beville (Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt) scored one goal apiece.
Sophomore Brigid Hurley (Penfield) led St. Lawrence (0-1) with two goals and one assist. Junior Alanna Piroli (Black River/Carthage) and senior Kaitlyn Fahsel (Watertown/South Jefferson) tallied two goals each.
Cortland sophomore goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) registered nine saves. St. Lawrence senior netminder Anna Marchand (Concord, MA/Middlesex School) finished with 12 saves.
Cortland scored four times in the first nine minutes, including two Di Fato goals, to take a 4-0 lead. The lead grew to 7-1 after a Di Fato tally with 5:34 left in the half. The Saints used goals by Hurley and Piroli to cut their deficit to 7-3, but Abbott scored twice in the final 1:03 of the period and Cortland led 9-3 at halftime.
The hosts tightened the game by scoring four of the first five goals in the second half. Kim Cooper's (Wolfeboro, NH/Brewster Academy) goal with 12:14 left pulled the Saints within 10-7. Abbott responded by scoring three consecutive goals over the next nine minutes, and Beville's free-position goal with 1:43 left put the Red Dragons ahead 14-7.
Cortland outshot the Saints, 32-21. Di Fato and sophomore Jamie Flood (East Islip) recorded three caused turnovers apiece and junior Jordan Miller (Liverpool) won three draw controls.
Cortland will play at third-ranked The College of New Jersey on Sunday, March 13, at 1 p.m.