Cortland State breaks away from Bowdoin to take home win in quarters
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Cortland State scored 11 consecutive goals, spanning the first and second halves, to break open a tight game and eventually defeat Bowdoin 14-4 on Sunday in the 2013 national quarterfinals at the Stadium Complex.
The Red Dragons are making their third consecutive appearance and fourth overall in the semifinals.
Senior Maria Di Fato led the Red Dragons (21-1) with four goals and one assist. Freshman Erica Geremia scored a game-high six points on one goal and five assists and set an NCAA DIII tournament record for assists in the tournament with 18, eclipsing the mark of 15 established by Cortland's all-time leading scorer Lindsay Abbott in 2011.
Sophomores Marilyn Farrell and Emma Hayes-Hurley each added two goals and an assist for Cortland. Senior Gina Campese and junior Taylor Robinson netted two goals apiece and freshman Tara Monaghan chipped in with a goal.
Senior goalie Shauna Hutchinson made five saves for the Red Dragons. Di Fato added five ground balls, junior Jessiva Lavelle recorded three caused turnovers and three ground balls and Monaghan registered four draw controls.
Junior Jordan Smith led Bowdoin (15-4) with two goals. Senior Carolyn Gorajek had one goal and one assist, junior Betsy Sachs tallied a goal and juniors Molly Popolizio and Mackenzie Schleicher each contributed an assist. Senior goalie Tara Connolly made four saves. Sachs and freshman Lindsay Picard recorded three caused turnovers apiece.
The game was tightly played in the early stages with the score knotted at three just past the midway point of the first half as Di Fato scored twice for Cortland and Smith netted a pair of goals for the Polar Bears. The Red Dragons then started their 11-goal run with the final four goals of the first half as four different players found the back of the net to make it a 7-3 game at intermission.
Cortland slowly pulled away as Di Fato opened the second half with back-to-back goals and Geremia picked up four of her assists in the final 30 minutes. The lead grew to 14-3 with 12:30 remaining before Gorajek ended a Bowdoin scoring drought of 32 minutes, six seconds with a goal at 10:06. The Red Dragons were able to possess the ball for most of the remaining game time to seal the 14-4 victory.