Cortland 14, Cabrini
Cortland 14, Cabrini 6May 14, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. Sophomores Ali Bourgal (Sachem) and Jennifer Willis (Huntington/Walt Whitman) each scored four goals and junior goalie Regina Grosso (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) made a career-high 14 saves as Cortland defeated Cabrini College, 14-6, in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament at Colorado College's Stewart Field. The 18-1 Red Dragons, ranked eighth nationally, extended their school-record win total and will face host Colorado College, a 17-12 winner over Union, in the national quarterfinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. (3 p.m. Eastern).
Cortland is making its third quarterfinal appearance, all in the last five years. The Red Dragons are vying for their first-ever Final Four showing. The national semifinals and finals are May 21-22 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J. Cortland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first nine minutes on two Bourgal goals and a tally by junior Jessie Lynch (West Islip). Cabrini, however, hung tough and closed to within 4-3 before a late Amanda Strack (Commack) goal, set up by Bourgal, gave the Red Dragons a 5-3 halftime lead.
After the teams traded goals early in the second half, Cortland rattled off seven straight goals to take a commanding 13-4 lead with 9:47 left. Willis scored three straight times and assisted on a goal during the run, while Bourgal scored twice. Bourgal finished with four goals and two assists and Willis had four goals and one assist. Lynch and Strack each scored twice and sophomore Jill Battaglia (Amherst) and junior Kim Sabiston (Bay Shore) scored once apiece. Grosso played the first 52:15 and allowed four goals. She stopped eight shots in the first half and six in the second. Junior Michelle Zimmer (Skaneateles) played the final 7:45 and made one save.
Emilie Greto and Katelyn Penrose scored two goals each for the Lady Cavaliers (12-7). Megan McKeage made 16 saves.
Cortland outshot Cabrini, 39-26, and won 13 of 21 draw controls, including six by Willis. Each team finished with 27 ground balls.
-- Courtesy Cortland St.