Di Fato Leads No. 4 Cortland to 10th Win in a Row
from press release
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – Ten different players scored at least one goal as the nationally fourth-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team defeated New Paltz, 22-10, in SUNYAC action Saturday afternoon. The Red Dragons improved to 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the conference, while the Hawks fell to 4-8 and 0-6.
Senior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) led Cortland with eight points on five goals and three assists. Freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) had four goals and three assists and junior Liz Beville (Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt) and sophomore Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) each notched three goals. Freshman Tara Monaghan (Stony Point/North Rockland) scored twice, sophomore Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) had one goal and one assist and senior Gina Campese(East Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa) and freshmen Nicole Bello (Camillus/West Genesee), Alex Fritz (Armonk/Byram Hills) and Amelia Taylor (Seaford) each netted one goal.
Senior Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) started in goal for the Red Dragons, making seven saves and allowing six goals in 45 minutes, 22 seconds. Freshman Liz Ingalls (Centerport/St. Anthony's) stopped one shot in 9:23, and freshman Andrea Moore (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) did not make a save in 5:15. Hayes-Hurley recorded four draw controls, while Monaghan had three. Junior Jessica Lavelle (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) collected a game-high five ground balls.
Erin Tornatore led the Hawks with three goals and one assist. Julia Johnson scored three goals, Lianne Valdivia netted a pair of goals and Carissa Citro and Talia Tesler each added one goal and one assist. Goalie Jackie Ulanoff registered eight saves. Tornatore recorded a game-high nine draw controls and Kelsey Healy added seven.
Cortland built a 9-2 lead midway through the first half as Di Fato registered three goals and an assist and Geremia scored twice. The lead improved to 13-5 at the half with both Di Fato and Geremia collecting one goal and one assist. The Red Dragons seized control of the game with the first seven goals of the second half with Beville and Hayes-Hurley each scoring twice during the run. The Hawks closed the game with five of the last seven goals for the 22-10 final.