No.9 Cortland Scores Six of Last Seven to Down Ithaca

CORTLAND, N.Y. The nationally ninth-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team scored six of the last seven goals of the game and defeated Ithaca, 13-8, Saturday afternoon in non-conference action at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons improved to 4-1 with the victory, while the Bombers fell to 1-3.

Sophomore Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) and freshman Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) led the Cortland offense with three goals and two assists each. Sophomore Kelly Radigan (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) scored three goals, junior Bri Shost (Mahopac) tallied two goals, senior Jess Fritz (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) registered a goal and two assists and freshman Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse-Minoa) scored once.

Di Fato recorded a team-high four ground balls, and Fritz and Abbott each collected four draw controls. Freshman goalie Ally Levy (Reisterstown, MD/Seton Keough) stopped six shots to earn her fourth win of the season.

Junior Ali DeCirce (Binghamton) paced Ithaca's offense with three goals. Junior Katie Hurley (Honeoye Falls/Honeoye Falls-Lima) had two goals and an assist, sophomore Nicole Borisenok (Watervliet/Albany Academy for Girls) added a goal and an assist and senior Kylie McClure (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and freshman Michelle Avery (Norwalk, CT/Brien McMahon) scored once apiece.

Senior Courtney Dowell (Massapequa) started in goal, making one save and allowing six goals in 23 minutes, 22 seconds before giving way to freshman Jess Worthman (Commack/Hauppauge), who stopped seven shots and gave up seven goals over the final 36:38.

Cortland jumped up just 32 seconds into the game when Di Fato fed Shost, and Abbott made it 2-0 at 22:10 with a free-position score. DeCirce then netted back-to-back goals four minutes apart to tie the game at 2-2. Di Fato answered 21 seconds later and Radigan made it a 4-2 game 25 seconds after Di Fato's score.

Hurley pulled the Bombers within 4-3 with a free-position goal at 15:37, but Fritz and Abbott responded with goals to push Cortland's lead to 6-3 at the 6:38 mark. At that point, Ithaca changed goalies and 1:22 later gained some momentum into halftime when Hurley scored her second of the game to make the score 6-4.

McClure and Avery opened up the second half with goals less than three minutes apart as Ithaca evened the game at 6-6. Di Fato and DeCirce then traded goals and the game stood tied at 7-all with 21:54 remaining. Radigan started Cortland's late rally 37 seconds after DeCirce's goal off an assist from freshman Jamie Flood (East Islip), who picked up her first career point on the play.

Shost and Radigan followed with goals and the lead grew to 10-7 with 15:15 remaining. Borisenok stopped the run at 14:00 minutes with her team-high 11th goal of the season, but the Red Dragons closed out the game with scores from Campese, Abbott and Di Fato to seal the win.


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