Potsdam Overpowered by Fourth-Ranked Cortland

Potsdam, N.Y. – SUNY Potsdam (4-9, 1-6 SUNYAC) fell to the No. 4 SUNY Cortland Red Dragons 22-3 in a conference battle on Tuesday afternoon.

Freshman attacker Erica Geremia led the Red Dragons with a game-high seven points (5g 2a). The Bears saw goals from senior Whitney Boshart (Watertown, N.Y./Indian River), sophomore Emily Petit (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) and junior Michelle Varney (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) on the day.

In the first half, the Red Dragons got off to a strong start with five unanswered goals. Geremia led the opening run with two goals and one assist. At 17:59, Boshart was fed from senior Denise Johns (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) from behind the cage and found the back of the net to make the count 5-1.

Cortland kept their composure and kept their offense rolling. After the Bears goal the Red Dragons went on an 8-0 scoring run led by Geremia again with another two goals and an assist. The streak ran to the end of the half and a 13-1 Cortland lead.

As the second half got underway, the Red Dragons continued to pour on the offense. Cortland opened the final period with a four-goal run. At 16:50, Varney was able to send one past Cortland goalie Liz Ingalls for the Bears second goal of the day, making the count 17-2.

Cortland added two more goals before Potsdam was able to answer again. Petit drove from behind the net and into the middle for the Bears final tally of the day at 8:05. The Red Dragons added three more goals before the close of the game and cruised to the 22-3 victory.

Between the pipes for the Bears, junior goalie Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y./Eastridge) recorded three saves. Hutchinson made two saves in 30 minutes before she was replaced by freshman goalie Liz Ingalls who stopped another two shots.

The Red Dragons outshot the Bears 34-12 and bested Potsdam in groundballs (21-15) and draw controls (15-12).

The Bears will be back home this Saturday, April 27, for their final game of the season against the Buffalo State Bengals. The game is Potsdam's Senior Day and also the Bears' “Stick it to Cancer” contest. The teams will raise funds for the fight against cancer and honor the disease's victims and survivors.

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POTSDAM, N.Y. – Fourth-ranked Cortland jumped out to a 13-1 lead at the half en route to a 22-3 victory at Potsdam Tuesday afternoon in SUNYAC action. The Red Dragons won their 11th consecutive game, improving to 14-1 overall and 7-0 in the conference. The Bears fell to 4-9 and 1-6.

Freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) led Cortland with seven points on five goals and two assists. Sophomore Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) recorded four goals, one assist and five draw controls. Senior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) registered five points on two goals and three assists, junior Liz Beville (Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt) had two goals and two assists.

Senior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa) and freshman Tara Monaghan (Stony Point/North Rockland) each netted two goals and senior Taylor Harney (Patchogue/Patchogue-Medford) registered one goal and two assists. Sophomore Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) and freshman Nicole Bello (Camillus/West Genesee) chipped in with one goal and one assist apiece.

Senior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) made two saves and allowed one goal in the opening half for the Red Dragons. Freshman Liz Ingalls (Centerport/St. Anthony's) stopped two shots and surrendered two goals in 25:48, and freshman Andrea Moore (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) did not face a shot on goal in the final 4:12. Seniors Jamie Flood (East Islip) and Meg Rowe (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) and sophomore Chelsea Martin (Ogdensburg/Ogdensburg Free Academy) each collected three ground balls.

Whitney Boshart, Emily Petit and Michelle Varney tallied one goal apiece for Potsdam, while Denise Johns contributed an assist. Jen Chmiel started in goal, making three saves in 45:21 before giving way to Sally Mooney, who did not stop a shot over the final 14:39. Bailey Weigel registered five draw controls, and Margaret Wall posted four. Erika Olsowske led the Bears with three ground balls.


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