No. 9 Cortland Pounds Potsdam in SUNYAC Opener

CORTLAND, N.Y. Nine different players scored goals, led by sophomore Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) who tallied three scores, recorded a career-high five assists and tied her career best with eight points, as the nationally ninth-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team defeated Potsdam, 19-1, Friday afternoon in the SUNYAC opener for both schools. The Red Dragons improved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the Bears fell to 3-5 and 0-1.

Senior Nicki Mahoney (Canandaigua/Canandaigua Academy) led all players with a career-high four goals and also chipped in with an assist for Cortland. Senior Jess Fritz (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) contributed three goals and an assist.

Freshman Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) had two goals and two assists, senior Jolene Quinta (Watertown/General Brown) and freshman Taylor Harney (Patchogue-Patchogue-Medford) each scored twice and junior Bri Shost (Mahopac) and sophomore Erin Kollar (East Islip) added one goal and two assists apiece. Freshman goalie Ally Levy (Reisterstown, MD/Seton Keough) stopped six shots to earn the win.

For Potsdam, sophomore Maribeth Simmons (Clinton, CT) scored her sixth goal of the season. Sophomore goalie Kaci Milligan (Liverpool/Bishop Ludden) started between the pipes and made 11 saves and allowed 14 goals in 40 minutes before giving way to sophomore Sarah Sweeney (Spencerport), who stopped five shots and surrendered five goals over the final 20 minutes.

The Red Dragons opened up an 11-0 lead at the half en route to scoring the first 14 goals of the game. Mahoney scored four of the game's first eight goals, two from the free position, as Cortland led 8-0 less than 15 minutes into the first half. Di Fato then netted back-to-back goals and Abbott scored her second of the game to complete the scoring in the opening 30 minutes.

Abbott was involved in Cortland's first five goals of the second half as Cortland opened up a 16-1 lead. Fritz scored back-to-back goals off Abbott assists less than four minutes apart to start the stanza, then Di Fato set up Abbott's team-high 20th goal of the season at the 20 minute, 13 second mark for a 14-0 Cortland lead.

Simmons put the Bears on the scoreboard when she collected a rebound and beat Levy with a low shot at 14:03. Abbott then added two more assists on goals by Quinta and Harney. Miller, Harney and Quinta closed out the scoring for the 19-1 final.

2010-04-02



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