May 6, 2009

Courtesy of Cortland Athletics

CORTLAND, N.Y. - The nationally 16th-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team jumped out to a 7-0 lead less than six minutes into the game and tallied the first eight goals of the second half and went on to defeat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps of California, 23-8, Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship. With the win, the Red Dragons advanced to the second round and face The College of New Jersey on Saturday, May 9, while the Athenas had their season end at 12-2.

Senior Danielle Torre (Massapequa) scored a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists for Cortland and became the first player in school history to surpass 100 points in a single season. Torre now has 105 points on a school-record 77 goals and 28 assists. Freshman Lindsay Abbott (South Onondaga/Onondaga Central) netted a game-high four goals and chipped in with an assist. Three other players found the back of the net three times. Junior Jess Fritz (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) had three goals and three assists, sophomore Megan Clare (Shirley/William Floyd) recorded three goals and two assists and sophomore Brianna Shost (Mahopac) scored three times. Senior Meghan Gallagher (Long Beach) contributed two goals and two assists, and junior Nicki Mahoney (Canandaigua/Canandaigua Academy) and sophomore Alyssa Hoover (Baldwin) scored twice.

Freshman goalie Brianna Straut (Nanuet) improved her record to 6-1 on the season, stopping six shots and allowing six goals in 46 minutes, 20 seconds before giving way to classmate Amanda Caloia (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker), who made three saves and gave up two goals in 13:40. Seniors Casey Costello (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) and Lindsay Bakker (Sloatsburg/Suffern) each registered three caused turnovers.

For the Athenas, junior Colbi Brawner (Bainbridge Island, WA) led the offense with three goals. Junior Devon Scott (Portland, OR) and sophomore Molly Murtaugh (New York) had one goal and one assist apiece. Senior Kelsey Avalos-Feehan (Carmel, CA) and juniors Cassy Delano (Boston, MA) and Rebecca Geissler (Mill Valley, CA) each netted one goal. Sophomore goalie Katie Campbell-Morrison (Cleveland, OH) turned aside 10 shots.

Torre collected two goals and two assists and Abbott scored twice in Cortland's game-opening seven-goal run, which spanned just 4:32. The Athenas, however, battled back by scoring five of the next seven goals to pull to within 9-5 at the 10:29 mark of the opening half. Five different players scored for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Cortland answered with the game's next three goals, one each from Torre, Abbott and Clare, and led 12-5 late in the half. The Athenas grabbed some momentum heading into intermission when Murtaugh sent a long pass to Brawner inside the eight-meter fan and Brawner beat Straut for her second goal with three seconds on the clock.

In the second half, the Red Dragons seized control of the game by netting eight consecutive goals, with Shost and Clare each scoring two. Cortland led 20-6 at that point with 14:07 remaining in the game. Brawner and Delano stopped the run with back-to-back scores at 11:25 and 8:52, but the Red Dragons tallied the last three goals of the game for the final of 23-8.

The Red Dragons held a 42-22 advantage in shots and recorded 18 ground balls compared to 14 for the Athenas.


Team 1 2 Final
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (12-2) 03 3
Cortland (14-6) 1211 23

Scoring (Goals-Assists):
C-M-S: Colbi Brawner 3-0, Molly Murtaugh 1-1, Devon Scott 1-1, Kelsey Avalos-Feehan 1-0, Cassy Delano 1-0, Rebecca Geissler 1-0, Kaitlyn Desai 0-1 Cortland: Lindsay Abbott 4-1, Danielle Torre 3-4, Jess Fritz 3-3, Megan Clare 3-2, Brianna Shost 3-0, Meghan Gallagher 2-2, Alyssa Hoover 2-0, Nicki Mahoney 2-0, Jordan Miller 1-0

C-M-S: Katie Campbell-Morrison, 10 saves (23 GA in 60:00) Cortland: Brianna Straut, 6 saves (6 GA in 46:20), Amanda Caloia, 3 saves (2 GA in 13:40)

Shots: Cortland 42, C-M-S 22
Ground Balls: Cortland 18, C-M-S 14
Clears: Cortland 18-of-24, C-M-S 11-of-15
Draw Controls: Cortland 19, C-M-S 13
Caused Turnovers: Cortland 12, C-M-S 5
Turnovers: C-M-S 19, Cortland 11
Fouls: Cortland 17, C-M-S 13