Cortland Wins 15th Straight SUNYAC Title
from press release
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) registered a game-high eight points on three goals and five assists to lead the nationally fourth-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team to a 12-5 victory versus Geneseo Saturday afternoon in the SUNYAC Final. The Red Dragons, who won their 15th consecutive conference tournament title and 15th straight game, earned an automatic NCAA Div. III playoff berth and improved to 18-1 on the season. The Knights had a seven-game winning streak snapped and fell to 12-5.
Senior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) tallied three goals and one assist for Cortland. Sophomore Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) had two goals and two assists and surpassed 100 career points (43-58-101). Sophomore Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) scored twice, junior Taylor Reh (Miller Place) and freshman Tara Monaghan (Stony Point/North Rockland) each netted a goal and junior Taylor Robinson (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) chipped in with an assist.
Senior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) made eight saves for the Red Dragons and allowed four goals in 59 minutes, 56 seconds. Freshman Liz Ingalls (Centerport/St. Anthony's) allowed one goal in four seconds as she entered the game after Hutchinson was awarded a yellow card. Hayes-Hurley recorded five draw controls, Di Fato had five ground balls and four caused turnovers and tournament MVP junior Jessica Lavelle (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) added two caused turnovers.
Junior Caroline Buonocore (Syracuse/Westhill) and sophomore Katey Hart (Syracuse/West Genesee) led the Knights with two goals each, while junior Kylie Caesar (Delmar/Bethlehem) scored once. Senior goalie Julie Bernatzky (Mt. Sinai) stopped 12 shots, Caesar and senior Rachel Petrone (Rochester/Penfield) collected three ground balls apiece and junior Emily Haggerty (Syracuse/Westhill) recorded three draw controls.
Cortland jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three goals in a 1:16 span early in the first half as Hayes-Hurley, Di Fato and Farrell each scored. Hart then netted back-to-back goals two minutes apart to make it a 3-2 game with 13 minutes remaining in the half. Farrell connected for her second goal of the game at 10:02 that gave her the 100-point milestone, and Geremia closed the scoring in the half with a goal at 8:48 to give Cortland a 5-2 lead.
The Red Dragons slowly pulled away in the second half. Di Fato and Buonocore traded goals to start the final 30 minutes, but goals from Geremia and Di Fato pushed Cortland's lead to 8-3 with 13:56 remaining. Buonocore cut Geneseo's deficit to 8-4 with a free-position goal at 9:32 only to have Geremia and Reh respond with goals at 6:47 and 5:55, respectively, to make it a 10-4 score. Caesar then tallied a free-position goal into an empty net at 4:50 before Hayes-Hurley and Monaghan completed the scoring with late goals.
Joining Lavelle on the All-Tournaament Team were Geremia, Di Fato, Farrell and Hutchinson of Cortland, Haggerty, Bernatzky and senior Jenna Theofield (East Northport/Northport) of Geneseo, Jenna Cuddeback and Casey Chiesa of Fredonia St., Colleen Hathaway and Kaila Maguire of Brockport and Laura Grose of Oneonta.