Strong Second Half Carries No. 2 Cortland by Buffalo State

CORTLAND, N.Y. No. 2 Cortland outscored Buffalo St. 12-3 in the second half to break open a close game and earn a 22-11 victory in SUNYAC action Saturday afternoon at the Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons improved to 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while the Bengals fell to 8-4 and 1-2.

Junior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) scored a career-high six goals and matched her career best with seven points to lead the Red Dragons. Senior Erin Kollar (East Islip) contributed five goals and one assist, senior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) had four goals and one assist.

Junior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse-Minoa) recorded three goals and two assists and freshman Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) added two goals and one assist. Senior Jordan Miller (Liverpool) and sophomore Heather Casey (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls) each scored a goal, and junior Taylor Harney (Patchogue/Patchogue-Medford) chipped in with an assist.

Junior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) made five saves. Di Fato also contributed six caused turnovers and three ground balls, and sophomore Jessica Lavelle (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) recorded three ground balls.

Senior Karen Shaddock (Corning/Corning East) paced the Bengals with five goals and seven draw controls. Junior Ashley Caporizzo (Liverpool/Cicero-North Syracuse) scored four goals and collected five draws, senior Kendyl Clarkson (Painted Post/Corning West) added one goal and one assist.

Sophomore Becca Martinez (Syracuse/Corcoran) tallied a goal. Freshman Adi DiDuro (Geneva) started in goal and made one save in 17 minutes, 39 seconds before giving way to freshman Colleen George (Johnson City/Maine-Endwell), who stopped four shots in 42:21. Senior Jamie Handley (Auburn) scooped up a team-high four ground balls.

The game featured physical play that included 74 fouls and seven yellow cards. Cortland jumped out to a 3-0 lead as Campese, Di Fato and Abbott each tallied a goal.

The Bengals answered with three in a row in less than a two-minute span to tie the game up at 3-3 at the 16:06 mark. Shaddock scored at 17:57 followed by Clarkson at 17:28 and Caporizzo at 16:06. The remainder of the first half would stay close with the largest lead being three goals. Kollar sandwiched a pair of goals around Abbott's second score to put the Red Dragons ahead, 6-3.

Shaddock then notched back-to-back goals just 20 seconds apart to pull Buffalo St. to within 6-5. The teams then traded the next four goals before Kollar and Di Fato tallied goals 37 seconds apart to give Cortland a 10-7 advantage. Shaddock responded with her fourth goal of the half from the free position at 3:02 and Cortland led 10-8 at the break.

After Martinez netted an unassisted goal 18 seconds into the second half for a 10-9 score, the Red Dragons took control of the game, building a 16-9 lead on the strength of a six-goal run. Di Fato, who was bloodied early in the first half, scored three times during the streak.

The Bengals made one more push, pulling to within 16-11 on free-position goals from Shaddock and Caporizzo at 15:39 and 14:31, but Cortland put the game away by tallying the game's final six goals, two coming off Kollar's stick, for the 22-11 final.


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