Abbott Scores Five to Lead No. 3 Cortland Past Nazarreth

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Cortland's Lindsay Abbott scored five goals, including four in a row during a six-goal flurry late in the first half, as the third-ranked Red Dragons defeated host Nazareth in a non-conference women's lacrosse game, 21-7.

Abbott, the Red Dragons' leading scorer, with 49 points, also had five assists as Cortland improved to 6-1 overall. Junior Megan Cregan (Brighton) scored twice for the Golden Flyers, who dropped to 2-4 overall.

Cortland never trailed, but the game was close for the first 20 minutes or so. Nazareth used a three-goal run to close within 6-5 with 9:48 left in the first half. Cregan scored both of her goals less than a minute apart and junior Alyssa Johnston (Canandaigua) added a free-position goal to put the Golden Flyers within striking distance.

Cortland then scored the next six goals, including four by Abbott to build a 12-5 advantage. Nazareth interrupted the run on a goal by Amy McIntosh (Horseheads) with :25 left in the half.

The Red Dragons' lead continued to grow in the second half as they outscored Nazareth 9-1 over the final 30 minutes. Senior Erin Kollar scored three of her four goals in the second half and Gina Campese also scored twice.

Cortland had a 42-16 advantage in shots and the Red Dragons captured 21 of 30 draw controls. Cortland's Laura Edward won eight draws individually.

In addition to Cregan's two goals, Nazareth got one goal and two assists from junior Erinn Wood (Vestal). Juniors Leah Cronister (Brighton) and Kayleigh Pearson also scored goals. Sophomore Tara Prosak (Jamesville-Dewitt) played all 60 minutes in goal and had 14 saves.

The Golden Flyers play again Saturday as they open their Empire 8 Conference schedule with a game at Alfred at 1:00 p.m.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. Senior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) recorded five goals and five assists and senior Erin Kollar (East Islip) reached the career 100-point mark with a four-goal, three-assist effort as nationally third-ranked Cortland defeated Nazareth College, 21-7.

Freshman Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) added three goals and two assists, junior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) finished with three goals and one assist and junior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse-Minoa) contributed two goals and one assist for the Red Dragons (6-1).

Junior Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) made five saves in 56:05 of action, while sophomore Courtney Morgan (Locust Valley) played the final 3:55 and did allow any goals nor make any saves.

Megan Cregan (Rochester/Brighton) led Nazareth (2-4) with two goals. Erinn Wood (Vestal) scored once and assisted on two goals and Amy McIntosh (Horseheads) totaled a goal and an assist. Sophomore goalie Tara Prosak (Jamesville/Jamesville-DeWitt) made 14 saves.

Cortland led 6-2 midway through the first half, but Nazareth rattled off three straight goals, two by Cregan, and the Golden Flyers were within 6-5 with 9:48 left in the period. The Red Dragons responded, however, as Abbott scored the game's next four goals, followed by tallies by Farrell and Kollar, to take a 12-5 lead with 2:07 left. McIntosh scored for the hosts with 25 seconds left to close Nazareth's halftime deficit to 12-6.

Cortland put the game away with six straight goals in the first 13 minutes of the second half. Kollar scored three of those goals and now has 103 career points (83 goals, 20 assists). Nazareth's lone goal of the second half came off the stick of Kayleigh Pearson with 7:12 left. The Red Dragons finished the game with two Campese goals and a score by junior Taylor Harney (Patchogue/Patchogue-Medford), who finished with a goal and two assists.

The Red Dragons return to action on Saturday, March 31, at Oswego at 11:00 a.m. for their SUNYAC opener. Nazareth opens Empire 8 play on Saturday at Alfred at 1:00 p.m.

2012-03-29



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