Eighth-Ranked Cortland Barely Escapes Geneseo

GENESEO, N.Y. Sophomore Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) scored two goals, including what proved to be the game winner with six minutes, 12 seconds remaining, and added two assists, as the nationally eighth-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team held on for an 8-7 victory at Geneseo Friday afternoon in SUNYAC action.

Freshman Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) contributed two goals, one assist and a season-high 10 caused turnovers for Cortland (7-1, 3-0 SUNYAC). Senior Jess Fritz (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) scored twice and junior Bri Shost (Mahopac) and sophomore Kelly Radigan (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) each tallied one goal. Freshman goalie Ally Levy (Reisterstown, MD/Seton Keough) made seven saves.

Junior Anna Hutchings (Syracuse/Westhill) led Geneseo (4-4, 2-1 SUNYAC) with three goals and collected a game-high nine ground balls. Senior Abby Hungerford (Syracuse/Corcoran) scored two goals and chipped in with an assist and freshman Rachel Petrone (Rochester/Penfield) scored twice. Junior goalie Annie Smith (Rochester/Penfield) stopped 11 shots.

Neither team led by more than two goals in the game with Geneseo holding a 4-2 advantage in the first half and Cortland owning an 8-6 lead late in the second half. Fritz gave Cortland a 1-0 lead at 27:07 before Hutchings tied the game one minute later. After Shost made it 2-1 in favor of Cortland at 23:21, the Knights answered with a three-goal run and led 4-2 at the 5:12 mark of the first half. The Red Dragons were able to forge a 4-4 tie at the half as Abbott scored at 4:06 then assisted on Fritz's goal at 2:04.

Petrone opened the scoring in the second half with an unassisted goal at 27:38 and Geneseo led 5-4. The Knights held the lead until Di Fato scored from the free position at 18:22. Hungerford gave Geneseo its last lead of the game, 6-5, at 10:55, but Cortland responded with a three-goal outburst of its own to take its largest lead of the game, 8-6. Abbott assisted Radigan at 8:58, Di Fato scored her second at 7:34, then Abbott followed with her game-winning score at 6:12. The Knights pulled to within 8-7 when Petrone scored at 3:20, but the Red Dragons held on in the closing minutes for the victory.


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