Nov. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Cortland State

SALISBURY, MD. – Senior Christine McCabe (Greene) scored two goals and assisted on another as the nationally fifth-ranked Cortland field hockey team defeated Christopher Newport, 4-2, in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs in the first-ever matchup between the two schools. The Red Dragons (19-0) advance to face second-ranked Salisbury, a 4-0 winner over the College of Wooster on Saturday, in a national quarterfinal game on Sunday at 1 p.m. with a spot in the "final four" on the line. Cortland defeated Salisbury, 4-3 in overtime, in a second round game last season at Ursinus College after scoring the game's final four goals.

Junior Brenda Semit (Holland Patent) and freshman Liz DeWaters (Lockport/Royalton-Hartland) each added a goal for the Red Dragons, and sophomore Danielle Hand (Whitney Point) collected an assist on what proved to be the game-winning goal. Junior goalie Ashley Hughes (Selden/Comsewogue) made four saves in earning her 19th win of the season.

Paige Childers and Taylor Harrell each scored a goal for the Captains (16-4). Katelyn Yandle chipped in with an assist and goalie Emma Stout stopped one shot.

McCabe gave the Red Dragons a 1-0 lead just 44 seconds into the game with an unassisted goal. Childers tied the game at the 16:20 mark when she knocked a rebound off Hughes' pads and into the right corner of the cage.

Harrell gave the Captains their only lead of the game 3:15 into the second half off Yandle's assist. The lead was short-lived as McCabe tied the score at 2-2 less than three and a half minutes later on a penalty stroke. Hand then set up Semit's game winner at 58:49, and DeWaters capped off the scoring with an insurance goal with 3:51 to play on a shot to the lower right.

Cortland 4, Christopher Newport 2

Scoring Summary (Goals-Assists):
Christopher Newport: Paige Childers 1-0, Taylor Harrell 1-0, Katelyn Yandle 0-1
Cortland: Christine McCabe 2-1, Brenda Semit 1-0, Liz DeWaters 1-0, Danielle Hand 0-1

Halftime: Cortland 1, Christopher Newport 1
Shots: Cortland 9, Christopher Newport 9
Penalty Corners: Christopher Newport 8, Cortland 6
Saves: Emma Stout (CNU) 1 (4 GA in 70:00); Ashley Hughes (Cortland) 4 (2 GA in 70:00)
Record after game: Cortland (Red Dragons) 19-0 (ranked 5th in Div. III); Christopher Newport (Captains) 16-4 (ranked 11th in Div. III)