Second-Ranked Cortland Grounds the Golden Flyers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Visiting Cortland outscored Nazareth 6-0 in the first half and 8-3 in the second half to defeat the Golden Flyers 14-3 in a non-conference game on Tuesday afternoon. The second-ranked Red Dragons' offense controlled possessions and used transition opportunities to set up scoring chances. Nazareth junior Brooke Sullivan and senior Amy McIntosh scored on free position opportunities in the second half, and sophomore Carly Gates set up freshman Leah Marvin's goal toward the end of regulation.

With the loss, Nazareth slips to 2-4 overall. The Golden Flyers will look to end their three-game losing streak Friday at Houghton when Nazareth plays the Highlanders in a non-conference game at 6:00 p.m. Before Tuesday's game against Cortland, the Golden Flyers' three losses had come by a total of four goals. With the victory, the Red Dragons remain undefeated and improve to 6-0 overall.

Cortland's potent offensive attack started 3:06 into regulation as the Red Dragons converted a player-advantage opportunity. Emma Hayes-Hurley scored the Red Dragons' goal after Gates was issued a yellow card. After Erica Geremia's goal 52 seconds later extended Cortland's lead, the teams played roughly 15 minutes of scoreless action before Marilyn Farrell tallied her first goal of the game. The Red Dragons scored three additional times in the half, all coming in a span of 1:50. Kristen Ohberg started the run with a goal with 9:58 to play in the stanza, then Geremia, who leads Cortland in scoring, recorded her second tally of the game. Ohberg capped the run with her second tally. All three goals were unassisted.

After Taylor Reh scored on a free position chance for the Red Dragons, Sullivan converted a free position chance to put the Golden Flyers on the board 3:27 into the second half. Hayes-Hurley added another unassisted goal for Cortland before McIntosh's free position goal 7:59 into the period. McIntosh's goal returned the Golden Flyers' deficit to six goals, 8-2.

The Red Dragons secured the victory with six goals by six different players over a span of roughly 14 minutes. Ohberg, Taylor Robinson, Farrell, Hayes-Hurley, Monaghan, and Geremia each tallied one score. Cortland's scoring opportunities came off of set plays in the offensive zone from cutting players and from converting transition opportunities. Farrell was credited with three assists on the Red Dragons' six goals.

The Golden Flyers battled through regulation, forcing a turnover in the final minute, which provided Marvin's scoring chance. Following the turnover, Gates took the ball down the right sideline and passed to Marvin, who had cut in front of Cortland's net. Marvin's shot found the top of Red Dragons' goal.

Senior Tara Prosak finished with a game-high 13 saves for the Golden Flyers, including eight in the first 30 minutes. Cortland's Liz Ingalls and Jaclyn Beshlian combined for three goals allowed and 10 saves. The Red Dragons finished with overwhelming advantages in shots (36-16) and draw controls collected (16-3). Cortland had a 13-12 edge in ground balls collected.

Sullivan led the Golden Flyers in total shots with eight, including six on goal. Her goal gave her a team-leading 10 goals on the season. McIntosh had five total shots, including four on goal. Her goal gives her six on the season. Marvin's goal was her second tally of the season. Junior MacKenzie Haley finished with a team-leading three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

The Golden Flyers' game at Houghton begins a three-game road-trip. Nazareth opens its Empire 8 schedule March 29th at St. John Fisher before traveling to Brockport for a non-conference game on April 4th. The Golden Flyers host Hartwick on April 5th in their Empire 8 home opener.

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