Di Fato Eclipses 300 Points in Cortland Win over Naz
from press release
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Senior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) recorded three goals and one assist to become the second player in program history to surpass 300 career points as the nationally fourth-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team defeated Nazareth, 17-4, Thursday afternoon in non-conference action. Di Fato now has 303 career points on 223 goals and 80 assists and joins Lindsay Abbott (256-185-441) on the short list.
Freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) also reached a milestone with her four goals and one assist for the Red Dragons (15-1), breaking Abbott's freshman single-season scoring record of 88 points set in 2009. Geremia currently has 93 points on 45 goals and 48 assists.
Freshman Tara Monaghan (Stony Point/North Rockland) also tallied four goals for Cortland. Senior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa) matched Geremia's game-high five points on two goals and three assists, sophomore Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) and freshman Amelia Taylor (Seaford) each contributed one goal and one assist and senior Laura Edward (Blue Point/Bayport-Blue Point) and sophomore Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) chipped in with one goal apiece.
Senior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) made eight saves in 55 minutes, 14 seconds for Cortland before giving way to freshman Liz Ingalls (Centerport/St. Anthony's), who did not stop a shot over the final 4:46. Monaghan added a game-high six draw controls, while Di Fato registered three caused turnovers and four ground balls.
Senior Megan Cregan (Rochester/Brighton), juniors Kelsey McNaboe (Syracuse/Corcoran) and Amy McIntosh (Horseheads) and sophomore Brooke Sullivan (Clinton) each scored for the Golden Flyers (8-7), while senior Erinn Wood (Vestal) added an assist. Junior goalie Tara Prosak (Jamesville/Jamesville-DeWitt) made six saves in the first half. Senior goalie Shelby Robinson (North Syracuse/Cicero-North Syracuse) stopped three shots in the second half.
Cortland jumped out to a 4-0 lead as Di Fato scored her 300th point on a free-position goal at 25:07, followed by a pair of goals from Geremia and a score by Campese. Geremia hit her milestone with her first goal of the contest. After Sullivan scored, the Red Dragons strung together four more goals for an 8-1 lead. McIntosh made it an 8-2 game at 9:30, but Geremia and Di Fato closed out the half with goals to give Cortland a commanding 10-2 advantage. The Red Dragons then scored eight of the next nine goals of the second half to build the lead to 17-3 as Monaghan scored three times, before McNaboe completed the scoring from the free position with less than five seconds remaining.
The Red Dragons conclude their regular season on Saturday when they host Fredonia St. at noon in a SUNYAC game to determine the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament.
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