No. 15 Cortland Coasts by Morrisville in SUNYAC Play

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Twelve different players scored goals as the nationally 15th-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team defeated Morrisville St., 20-3, Saturday afternoon in SUNYAC action. The Red Dragons improved to 9-5 overall and 6-0 in the conference. The Mustangs fell to 4-6 and 1-4.

Freshman Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) led the Cortland offense with five goals. Senior Danielle Torre (Massapequa) contributed two goals and two assists, junior Jesse Fritz (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) had two goals and an assist and senior Lindsay Bakker (Sloatsburg/Suffern) and sophomore Alyssa Hoover (Baldwin) each scored twice. Senior Meghan Gallagher (Long Beach) had a game-high six points on a goal and five assists, while sophomore Mallory Palmieri (Bellmore/John F. Kennedy) and freshman Erin Kollar (East Islip) recorded a goal and an assist each.

Seniors Abby Simpson (Kings Park) and Anna Fahey (Syracuse/West Genesee) each scored her fist goal of the season. Cortland's two freshman goalies split time in the cage with Brianna Straut (Nanuet) earning her first career win, making three saves in the opening half. Amanda Caloia (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) stopped six shots in the second half.

For Morrisville St., senior Jennifer Caffarelli (Phillipsburg, NJ) scored a pair of goals and has 48 on the season. Junior Elizabeth Fish (West Winfield/Mount Markham) netted the Mustangs' other goal. Sophomore goalie Jennifer May (Rochester/Penfield) turned aside nine shots.

The Red Dragons put the game away in the first half, building a 15-0 lead. Abbott scored four of her goals and Gallagher picked up four of her assists in the first 30 minutes. Cortland outshot the Mustangs, 26-4, in the opening half.

Freshman Jordan Miller (Liverpool) and Abbott scored goals two minutes apart to open the second half before Fish put Morrisville St. on the scoreboard with a free-position goal. The Red Dragons slowed play down and worked at controlling possession as the game continued. Bakker scored at 18:29, and Caffarelli scored from the free position at 15:30. Hoover then netted her second of the game at 10:11, followed by Cafarelli's second score at 1:48 and Fahey's first goal if the year at 1:16.

In the second half, Cortland only took six shots, while the Mustangs had 12. The Red Dragons outshot Morrisville St., 32-16, in the game and held a 25-22 advantage in ground balls and won 18 of 25 draw controls.

Prior to the game, Cortland's six seniors -- Bakker, Casey Costello (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius), Fahey, Gallagher, Simpson and Torre -- were honored.


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