No. 2 Cortland Gets by Geneseo in Regular-Season Finale

GENESEO, N.Y. Junior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) scored a game-high five goals as second-ranked Cortland concluded its regular season with a 12-7 win at Geneseo Saturday afternoon in SUNYAC action.

The Red Dragons won their 14th consecutive game, improving to 15-1 overall and 8-0 in the conference, while the Knights fell to 8-6 and 3-4.

Senior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) scored five points on three goals and two assists for Cortland to eclipse the 100-point mark for the second consecutive season. Abbott improved her numbers to 104 points on 59 goals and 45 assists. Senior Erin Kollar (East Islip) scored twice, freshman Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) had a goal and two assists and junior Laura Edward (Blue Point/Bayport-Blue Point) tallied one goal.

Junior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) made five saves and scooped up four ground balls for the Red Dragons. Di Fato also added a game-high four caused turnovers and four ground balls. Abbott collected a game-best six ground balls.

Rachel Petrone led the Knights with two goals. Katey Hart contributed one goal and two assists, Meredith Weber had one goal and one assist and Caroline Buonocore and Emily Haggerty each chipped in with a goal. Goalie Julie Bernatzky registered nine saves. Petrone and Johanna Trupp recorded four ground balls apiece.

The teams were deadlocked at 3-3 late in the first half when the Red Dragons managed some breathing room. Cortland closed the opening 30 minutes with two scores from Di Fato and a goal by Abbott in the final two minutes for a 6-3 lead. Kollar and Edward stretched the lead to 8-3 with early second-half goals before Petrone tallied her second of the game to stop Cortland's five-goal run.

The Red Dragons seized control of the game by scoring four of the next five goals for a 12-5 advantage with 11:12 to play. Haggerty made it a 12-6 game at 10:19, but the Knights were held off the scoreboard until the 2:52 mark when Hart completed the scoring for the final of 12-7.

The Red Dragons return to action next Friday when they host fourth-seeded Brockport in the SUNYAC Tournament semifinals at 12:30 p.m. The winner of the game plays the winner of the second semifinal, Fredonia St. versus Buffalo St., Saturday at either noon or 1:00 p.m.

2012-04-28



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