No. 5 Cortland Breaks Away from Buff State
from press release
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The nationally fifth-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team broke open a close game by scoring five of the last six goals en route to a 13-8 win at SUNYAC foe Buffalo St. Saturday afternoon. The Red Dragons improved to 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference with the win, while the Bengals fell to 7-4 and 2-1.
Freshman Ashley Cook (Commack) led Cortland with five points on three goals and two assists, freshman Liz Beville (Syracuse/ Jamesville-DeWitt) added three goals and an assist and junior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) also scored three goals.
Junior Jordan Miller (Liverpool) tallied two goals, and sophomore Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) and freshman Alexis Egeberg (Black River/Carthage) each recorded one goal and one assist. Sophomore goalies Ally Levy (Reisterstown, MD/Seton Keough) and Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) split time in the cage. Levy made one save in the first half, and Hutchinson stopped five shots in the second half.
Kendyl Clarkson and Karen Shaddock paced the Bengals with three goals each. Mariah DeBolt and Jenn Shaddock scored one goal apiece and Ashley Caporizzo chipped in with one assist. Ashley O'Brien turned aside eight shots in goal.
The first half of the game was tight throughout as neither team led by more than two goals. Four different players found the back of the net to give Cortland a 4-2 lead at the 12 minute, eight second mark of the opening half. Buffalo St. tied the game at 4-4, but the Red Dragons took the momentum into halftime when Abbott scored 21 seconds before intermission to make it a 5-4 game.
Each team scored three goals in the first 10:52 of the second half and Cortland held an 8-7 advantage. From that point, the Red Dragons took control of the game. Cook assisted Miller's first goal of the game at 17:00, then followed with an unassisted goal of her own at 14:25.
Just 18 seconds later, Beville gave Cortland an 11-7 lead, and Cook again set up Miller, at 8:47, to make it a 12-7 game. Clarkson stopped the run with a goal at 8:14, but the Red Dragons finished the scoring when Beville notched her third of the game at 48 seconds.