First-half run lifts Cortland to win
Abbott sets Red Dragon school record for points in a season
CORTLAND, N.Y. – No. 4 Cortland broke open a tight game against The College at Brockport by closing the first half with six consecutive goals en route to a 14-6 victory in the SUNYAC Tournament championship game. The Red Dragons won their 16th game in a row, improved to 18-1 on the season and captured their 13th consecutive conference title and automatic Div. III tournament berth. The Golden Eagles fell to 10-6 with the loss.
Tournament MVP Mary Hartzheim led all scorers with four goals for Cortland. Ashley Cook had a game-high seven points on two goals and five assists. Erin Kollar recorded three goals and an assist and Taylor Reh tallied three goals.
Lindsay Abbott registered three points on one goal and two assists to set a Cortland single-season record for points. Abbott now has 110 points on 49 goals and a school-record 61 assists, topping Danielle Torre's 108 points in 2009. Maria Di Fato added one goal and one assist and Jordan Miller chipped in with one assist. Ally Levy made five saves in goal.
Cortland jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as Cook assisted goals by Hartzheim at 29:12 and Reh at 27:23. Reh then added her second goal less than three minutes later. The Golden Eagles answered with back-to-back scores from Scordo and Piraino to make it a 3-2 game. From that point, the Red Dragons took control of the half with their six-goal run that gave them a 9-2 lead at the break. Hartzheim scored three times and Kollar, Di Fato and Cook each netted a goal.
Brockport started the second half with a mini-run of its own to climb back into the game. Sarah Brown, Karen Bianchi and Carly Motondo scored consecutive goals to cut the deficit to 9-5, but Cortland responded with a game-clinching four-goal streak to increase their lead to 13-5. Abbott scored off a Cook assist at 21:32 and collected her record-setting 109th point of the season with an assist on Reh's third goal of the game at 20:09. Cook and Kollar then each added a goal. Motondo netted Brockport's final goal at 13:01 before Kollar finished off the scoring with her third of the game.
Motondo and Dayna Piraino led Brockport with three points apiece. Motondo had two goals and an assist, while Piraino contributed one goal and two assists. Bianchi and Alyssa Scordo picked up one goal and one assist apiece, and Brown scored once. Goalie Jamie Kaminsky stopped six shots.
Joining Hartzheim on the All-Tournament team were Miller, Kollar, Cook and Melissa Kane from Cortland; Bianchi, Amanda Massmann and Kaila Maguire from Brockport; Jamie Handley and Mariah DeBolt from Buffalo St.; and Rachel Petrone and Emily Haggerty from Geneseo.