Top-Ranked Trinity Scores Final Three to Edge No. 4 Cortland

Cortland held a decided 8-1 advantage on draw controls in the first 30 minutes, while Trinity had 15 ground balls to nine for the Red Dragons. Trinity was 2 for 2 on free positions and Cortland State was 0 for 3.

Trinity turned the tables on the draw in the second half, winning six of seven, and finished with a 23-18 advantage on ground balls. The teams combined to take 37 shots and commit 61 fouls. Hayes and rookie defender Ashley Stewart (Dover, Mass.) paced the Bantams with four ground balls apiece, while senior defender Hillary McNamara (Milton, Mass.) collected two ground balls, two caused turnovers, and two draw controls.

Mooney, making her first start of the post-season, also caused a pair of turnovers. Senior Meg Rowe (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scooped four grounders, while freshman midfielder Tara Monaghan (Stony Point, N.Y.) added two ground balls and a game-high three draw controls, and senior defender Jamie Flood (East Islip, N.Y.) had three caused turnovers for the Red Dragons. Hutchinson made six saves in the Cortland State goal.

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OWINGS MILLS, MD. Top-ranked and defending Div. III champion Trinity scored the game's final three goals and defeated fourth-ranked Cortland, 8-6, Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Div. III Women's Lacrosse Semifinals at Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills, Md.

The Red Dragons had their 18-game winning streak snapped and concluded their season at 21-2. The Bantams improved to 21-0 and face second-ranked Salisbury, an 8-7 winner versus third-ranked Middlebury in the day's first semifinal, in the title game on Sunday.

Senior Maria Di Fato (Camillus/West Genesee) concluded her career with two goals and one assist to lead Cortland. Sophomore Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington) and freshman Erica Geremia (Camillus/West Genesee) each scored twice, sophomore Marilyn Farrell (Fayetteville/Fayetteville-Manlius) recorded two assists and senior Gina Campese (East Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa) chipped in with one assist.

Senior goalie Shauna Hutchinson (Islip Terrace/East Islip) mde six saves for the Red Dragons. Senior Jamie Flood (East Islip) registered three caused turnovers, while senior Meg Rowe (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) collected four ground balls.

Junior Shea Kusiak (Longmeadow, MA) paced Trinity's offense with two goals and three assists. Freshman Martha Griffin (Exeter, NH/Phillips Exeter Academy) had two goals and one assist, sophomore Molly Cox (Norwell, MA) netted two goals and seniors Megan Leonhard (Summit, NJ/St. George's) and Hadley Duncan (Rye/Holy Child) each scored once. Freshman goalie Emily Mooney (New York/Kent School) stopped eight shots.

The Red Dragons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the early stages of the game. Di Fato scored off a feed from Campese at 27:25. Farrell then set up Geremia's goal in front at 25:15. Hayes-Hurley made it a 3-0 game when she scored off her own rebound at the 24:28 mark. Cox cut the lead to 3-1 one minute later off an assist from Kusiak.

Neither team scored for nearly 10 minutes until Leonhard fired a shot inside the right post from the free position at 13:38. Griffin tied the game with a man-up free-position goal at 9:42 before Kusiak scored unassisted at 6:19 to give the Bantams their first lead of the game. Hayes-Hurley broke a Cortland scoring drought of 21:58 when she scored off a feed from Di Fato to tie the game at 4-4 after Di Fato gained possession of a loose ball near the top of the eight-meter fan.

Di Fato opened the second half with a free-position goal into the upper right, but Kusiak evened the game at 5-5 when her attended pass slipped inside the left post through traffic. Cortland regained the lead at 23:18 off a fast-break goal with Farrell feeding a pass to a wide open Geremia on the left side of the cage, but that score would prove to be Cortland's last of the contest.

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