Abbott Hits 400-Pt. Mark as No. 2 Cortland Runs by Potsdam

CORTLAND, N.Y. Senior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) scored seven points on four goals and three assists and became the first player in Cortland history to surpass 400 career points, as the second-ranked Red Dragons defeated Potsdam, 22-1, in SUNYAC action Tuesday afternoon at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. Abbott improved her career numbers to 401 points on 235 goals and 166 assists, all school records.

Junior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) led Cortland (12-1, 5-0 SUNYAC) with five goals and added an assist. Senior Erin Kollar (East Islip) contributed three goals and three assists, junior Taylor Harney (Patchogue/Patchogue-Medford) had two goals and one assist and junior Mary Hartzheim (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) and sophomores Taylor Reh (Miller Place) and Taylor Robinson (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) each scored twice.

Di Fato and sophomore Jessica Lavelle (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) recorded game highs of four caused turnovers each. Junior Natalie Melaniff (Wantagh) collected a game-high six draw controls, while Lavelle and freshman Chelsea Martin (Ogdensburg/Ogdensburg Free Academy) scooped up three ground balls apiece. Junior Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) stopped one shot in 47 minutes, 28 seconds before giving way to sophomore Courtney Morgan (Locust Valley), who did not face a shot over the final 12:32.

Freshman Maragret Wall (Rochester/Aquinas) netted the goal for the Bears (4-9, 1-5 SUNYAC) with freshman Denise Johns (Syracuse/Marcellus) assisting on the score. Senior goalie Kaci Milligan (Liverpool/Bishop Ludden) stopped three shots in 34:32, and sophomore Jen Chmiel (Rochester/Eastridge) turned aside four shots in 25:28. Junior Brittany Coffey (Canton/Hugh C. Williams) registered three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Abbott and Edward opened the scoring for Cortland, and after Wall made it a 2-1 game at the 24:52 mark of the first half, the Red Dragons closed out the opening 30 minutes with 13 straight goals. Abbott and Di Fato each scored three times during the outburst with Abbott recording her 400th point on her fourth goal of the game at 12:56. Kollar completed the streak when she scored just before the horn. The Red Dragons, who held the Bears without a shot in the second half, outscored Potsdam, 7-0, over the final 30 minutes for the 22-1 final.

The Red Dragons close their regular season with three straight road conference games.

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CORTLAND, N.Y.-Second ranked Cortland (12-1, 5-0 SUNYAC) opened up a big first half lead en route to a 22-1 victory over Potsdam (4-9, 1-5) on Tuesday afternoon. Lindsay Abbott led Cortland with four goals and three assists and Maria Di Fato contributed another six points (5g, 1a). Freshman midfielder Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) scored for the Bears.

Wall struck on an assist from junior attack Denise Johns (Syracuse, N.Y./Marcellus) at 24:52 of the first half to cut the Red Dragon lead to 2-1, but then the Cortland offense kicked into gear. The Red Dragons closed the half on a 13-0 run and then tacked on seven more in the second 30 minutes, while shutting out Potsdam the rest of the way.

In goal, Bears senior captain Kaci Milligan (Liverpool, N.Y./Bishop Ludden) allowed 16 goals and made three saves in the first 34:32, while sophomore Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y./Eastridge) stopped four shots and allowed six goals in the final 25:28. Cortland's Shauna Hutchinson earned the victory with one save and one goal allowed in 47:28. Courtney Morgan closed out the game for the Red Dragons without facing a shot in the last 12:32.

Potsdam looks to rebound on Saturday, April 21, when the Bears travel to Buffalo State for a 1:00 p.m. showdown with the Bengals.

2012-04-17



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