CORTLAND, N.Y. – Junior Gina Campese scored the game-winning goal with 6:17 remaining as No. 4 Cortland edged No. 3 The College of New Jersey 9-8. The Red Dragons improved to 3-1, including two wins against top-10 teams, while the visiting Lions suffered their first defeat and are now 5-1.
Senior Lindsay Abbott led Cortland with two goals and four assists and Campese finished with two goals. Freshman Marilyn Farrell added a goal and an assist. Junior goalie Shauna Hutchinson made five saves.
Junior Alex Spark led TCNJ with four goals and sophomore Jen Garavente tallied twice. Sophomore goalie Kelsey Zinck turned away nine shots on goal.
TCNJ led 6-4 at halftime, but Cortland knotted the game on goals by Abbott and senior Erin Kollar in the first three minutes of the second half. The Lions re-gained the lead for the final time on a man-up goal by sophomore Lauren Pigott off a free position opportunity with 25:11 remaining.
Farrell’s goal off an Abbott assist tied the game with 19:39 left and the Red Dragons took an 8-7 lead when Abbott scored at the 13:29 mark. TCNJ responded just 21 seconds later when Spark raced in unassisted and scored to tie the game at 8-8.
TCNJ had two shots in the final 15 minutes hit the post, including an attempt by senior Leigh Mitchell with 11:02 left that would have given the Lions the lead. Cortland scored the decisive goal when Campese connected off a pass from Farrell with 6:17 left.
The guests won the ensuing draw control but had a shot go high with 4:51 left. Cortland gained possession after a turnover but eventually lost the ball with 2:43 remaining. TCNJ had another potential tying shot go high with 1:49 left, and shortly thereafter Cortland sophomore Jessica Lavelle caused a turnover. The Red Dragons were able to clear the ball and successfully run out the rest of the clock.