No. 2 Cortland Breezes by Castleton in NCAA Tourney Opener

CORTLAND, N.Y. Senior Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) matched her season and career high of 10 points with four goals and six assists to lead second-ranked Cortland to a 22-6 win versus Castleton State Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament.

The Red Dragons won their 17th straight game, improving to 18-1 on the season, and will face Mary Washington on Saturday in a second-round game at a location to be announced. The Spartans, who had won 10 of 11 games coming into the contest, ended their season at 12-7.

Junior Taylor Harney (Patchogue/Patchogue-Medford) tallied a career-best six points on three goals and three assists for Cortland. Sophomore Taylor Reh (Miller Place) recorded career highs of four goals and five points, senior Erin Kollar (East Islip) scored four times and junior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) netted three goals.

Freshman Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) contributed two goals and three assists and her 28 assists on the season are a new Cortland freshman record. Juniors Laura Edward (Blue Point/Bayport-Blue Point) and Natalie Melaniff (Wantagh) each scored once.

Junior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) improved her record to 18-1 on the season, playing the first 46 minutes, 30 seconds. Sophomore Courtney Morgan (Locust Valley) stopped four shots over the final 13:30.

Sophomore Jessica Lavelle (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) recorded game highs of six caused turnovers and five ground balls. Di Fato added four caused turnovers, Abbott registered four draw controls and three ground balls and Melaniff had four draws.

Senior Angelica Mazzola (Centerport/Harborfields) led the Spartans with three goals and seven draw controls. Sophomores Amanda Flodstrom (Stratham, NH/Exeter), JenniLee Mark (Chelmsford, MA) and Blake Wardwell (Bridgewater, VT/Woodstock) scored one goal apiece.

Junior Danielle Roberts (St. Albans, VT/SUNY Plattsburgh) collected a team-high four ground balls, while Mark, sophomore Sarah Clark (Guilford, VT/Brattleboro) and freshman Kate Auer (South Glens Falls) each contributed three draws. Freshman goalie Kelsey McDonald (Burnt Hills/Burnt Hilla-Ballston Lake) turned aside five shots.

Di Fato and Edward gave Cortland an early 2-0 lead before Wardwell made it 2-1 at the 25:34 mark. Abbott then tallied three straight goals in a 53-second span to put Cortland up 5-2. After Mazzola scored for Castleton St., the Red Dragons ran off five straight goals to take control of the game, 10-2, with 6:09 remaining until the half.

Mazzola stopped the run with her second of the game, but Cortland made it a 12-3 game at the break with scores from Di Fato and Farrell inside the final 2:15.

Kollar and Di Fato opened the second half with goals less than two minutes apart before Mark and Mazzola sandwiched goals around Kollar's second of the game, and Cortland led 15-5 with 20:48 to play.

The Red Dragons netted the next six goals, two each from Kollar and Harney, to build a 21-5 lead. Flodstrom scored the Spartans' final goal from the free position at 5:25, and Reh completed the scoring off Harney's feed at 3:13 for the final of 22-6.

2012-05-09



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