DRYDEN, N.Y. – Cortland led from start to finish in defeating Colby 16-7, NCAA Division III Quarterfinals at Tompkins Cortland Community College's turf field. The Red Dragons improved to 22-0 on the season, extending their school-record winning streak to 22 games, and advanced to their fourth consecutive NCAA Div. III "final four" to be held at Gettysburg College next weekend. The Mules had their season end at 11-7.
Sophomore Tara Monaghan led Cortland with four goals and added an assist. Sophomore Erica Geremia and freshman Kristen Ohberg (Brewster) each recorded three goals and two assists. Senior Taylor Reh and junior Marilyn Farrell tallied two goals and one assist apiece, while junior Emma Hayes-Hurley netted two goals.
Sophomore goalie Liz Ingalls registered eight saves for the Red Dragons. Sophomore Ashley Gentile recorded three ground balls and three draw controls, and Monaghan also won three draws.
Senior Katie Griffin led Colby with three goals. Sophomore Abby Hooper scored twice, sophomore Dana Swaffield had one goal and one assist and junior Abby Hatch (Wilbraham, MA/Williston Northampton) netted one goal. Senior Sarah Lux recorded two assists and seniors Alex Mintz and Katharine Eddy each chipped in with an assist.
Senior goalie Michelle Burt made three saves in the first half for the Mules. Junior Claire Dickson stopped two shots in the second half. Each surrendered eight goals in her 30 minutes of action. Hatch added three ground balls and six draws controls, while Eddy won four draws.
Cortland opened up a 4-0 lead and Colby would not get any closer than three goals the remainder of the game. Geremia netted the first goal of the game at 27 minutes, 51 seconds, followed by back-to-back goals from Monaghan and an unassisted score from Hayes-Hurley at 16:11. The teams traded the next six goals as Hooper put the Mules on the scoreboard at 12:37 to make it a 4-1 game. Ohberg tallied her first goal at 12:04, and Griffin sandwiched a pair of goals around Reh's first score of the game and Cortland led 6-3. Geremia answered at 1:38 and Farrell gave Cortland an 8-3 lead at the break with just eight seconds remaining in the half.
Farrell and Reh scored early in the second half to push the Red Dragons' lead to 10-3. After Griffin scored to make it 10-4 at the 25:40 mark, Geremia and Ohberg netted goals just over a minute apart for a 12-4 Cortland lead with 21:02 to play. Hooper responded quickly with a goal at 20:29, but Ohberg and Monaghan tallied goals at 16:12 and 13:21 to give the Red Dragons their largest lead of the game at 14-5. Goals from Hatch and Swaffield cut the gap to 14-7, but Cortland finished off the game with goals by Monaghan at 8:29 and Hayes-Hurley with 50 seconds remaining.
Reh, Ohberg and Hayes-Hurley joined Geremia in reaching the 50-goal plateau for the season. Ingalls ran her record to 22-0 on the year.