Ithaca drops SUNY Cortland
Bombers were outshot 11-9 but scored on first two shots
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Ithaca College (15-3-3) scored two early goals en route to beating Cortland (14-6-3) 2-0 in Sunday's NCAA quarterfinal. With the win the Bombers advance to the semifinals in San Antonio.
Ithaca scored on its first two shots of the match, using first-half goals by junior Rachael Palladino and sophomore Ellyn Grant-Keane to build its lead before hanging on as the visiting Red Dragons outshot the Bombers 11-9.
Palladino's team-best 15th goal of the season came after sophomore Amanda Callanan intercepted a Cortland clearing attempt and chipped the ball ahead to Palladino. Palladino charged the net and with Cortland goalkeeper Pam Monnier coming off the line, lofted the ball over her head for the game's first goal.
The assist was Callanan's third.
Cortland maintained an edge in possession for the next 20 minutes, but surrendered another goal when freshman Jessie Warren sent a short pass to Grant-Keane, who ripped a hard shot from 16 yards out that went into the left side of the net. Grant-Keane has scored seven goals this season; Warren picked up her second assist.
The rest of the game belonged to Ithaca's defense, with junior Becca Salant making five saves behind a strong effort by sophomore Anna Gray, sophomore Meredith Jones, senior Marla Schilling, junior Julie Winn, sophomore Alex Liese and senior Andi Roach. The Bomber defense recorded their season-best third consecutive shutout
Salant now has seven solo shutouts on the season.
Monnier, a graduate student who became Cortland's career leader in saves during the teams' regular-season meeting (won by Ithaca, 4-1), finished with three saves.
The Red Dragons' best scoring opportunity came in the 70th minute when Stacey Wood collected a pass at the 18 and sent a shot over Salant's leap that cleared the cross bar by less than a foot.