Di Fato Joins 200 Club, No. 3 Cortland Thwarts No. 6 TCNJ
from press release
EWING, N.J. – Senior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) recorded five goals and one assist and became the third player in school history to reach the career 200-goal mark as nationally third-ranked Cortland defeated sixth-ranked The College of New Jersey, 15-13. Each team is now 4-1 on the season.
Freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) finished with four goals and five assists and senior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa) scored three times for the Red Dragons. Sophomore Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) scored twice and sophomore Marilyn Farrell(Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) scored once and assisted on three goals.
Senior Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) started in goal and made three saves over 43 minutes, 49 seconds. Freshman Liz Ingalls(Centerport/St. Anthony's) played the final 16:11 between the pipes. She allowed two goals and stopped four shots, including a free-position attempt with less than three minutes left and Cortland clinging to a two-goal lead.
Alex Spark scored five goals and Lauren Pigott found the net four times for the host Lions. Kelsey ZInck finished with seven saves.
Di Fato has scored 202 goals in her four-year career at Cortland - 40 as a freshman, 67 as a sophomore, 76 last season and 19 thus far this spring.Lindsay Abbott scored 256 goals from 2009-12 and Jeanna Angotti tallied 211 goals from 1999-2002.
Cortland led 5-1, including two Di Fato goals, 12 minutes into the contest. Following a TCNJ goal, Di Fato added two more goals and the Red Dragons led 7-2 with 15:49 left in the half.
The Lions used a quick 3-0 run to pull within 7-5, but Campese and Hayes-Hurley answered with goals, both assisted by Geremia, to put Cortland up 9-5. The lead grew to 11-6 with 3:28 left before PIgott and Spark scored in the final 1:31 to cut Cortland's lead to 11-8 at halftime.
Geremia, Hayes-Hurley and Di Fato each scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half to extend the Red Dragon lead to 14-8. The Lions came back with three straight goals of their own - two by Pigott and one by Erin Waller - and trailed 14-11 with 16:11 left.
Cortland scored its final goal of the game when Geremia connected off aTaylor Reh (Miller Place) assist with 12:38 left. Waller's free-position goal with 9:31 left and Spark's goal with 8:53 on the clock drew TCNJ within two, but neither team was able to score the rest of the game.
Cortland will play at St. Lawrence on Thursday, March 21, at 4 p.m.
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