ITHACA, N.Y. – Eighth-ranked Cortland scored the last 10 goals of the game and turned a close match into a comfortable 17-7 win against Ithaca in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Higgins Field. The Red Dragons improved to 6-1, while the Bombers fell to 2-2.
Lindsay Abbott paced the Cortland offense with five goals and two assists, all coming in the second half. Abbott also added game highs of six ground balls and five draw controls. Maria Di Fato contributed six points on four goals and two assists, as well as a game-high five caused turnovers. Liz Beville tallied a career-best five points on two goals and three assists.
Erin Kollar recorded two goals and one assist, and Melissa Kane, Gina Campese, Taylor Reh and Taylor Robinson each scored once. Goalie Ally Levy made 10 saves.
Ali DeCirce and Katie Hurley led Ithaca with two goals apiece while Emily Finn, Tracy Rivas and Michelle Avery each netted one goal. Jess Worthman stopped 10 shots for the Bombers.
Kane gave the Red Dragons a 1-0 lead with a free-position goal at 28:03 in the opening half, but Rivas and Hurley netted back-to-back goals 49 seconds apart to give the Bombers a 2-1 edge. After Di Fato and Hurley traded goals, Cortland scored three straight to grab a 5-3 lead 6:43 before the half. Each team scored twice more before intermission, and the Red Dragons held a 7-5 advantage at the break.
The Bombers tied the game less than five minutes into the second half on goals from Finn and DeCirce, but it was all Cortland from that point. After Reh gave Cortland an 8-7 lead, Abbott assisted on goals by Di Fato and Kollar, then scored three straight times to push the Red Dragons’ advantage to 13-7 with 11:45 remaining. Di Fato scored her fourth of the game on the free position at 10:05, then Beville recorded her third assist on Robinson’s goal at 8:35 and Cortland led 15-7. Abbott completed the scoring with a pair of unassisted goals to increase her team-high total to 22 on the season.