Women's lacrosse season ends in NCAA quarterfinal

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 15, 2011

CORTLAND, N.Y. --- The road to the NCAA Division III Tournament Final Four was halted for a second straight year in a national quarterfinal for the Colby College women's lacrosse team.

The eighth-ranked Mules, who end their season at 15-5 overall, fell behind early for the second day in a row in a 15-4 loss to fourth-ranked Cortland State on Sunday. Colby had fallen behind 4-0 to Hamilton College on Saturday in a second round game, but the Mules fought back for a 6-5 victory. Cortland (21-1) advances to a national semifinal game with Gettysburg College on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. In the other semifinal, College of New Jersey will take on Bowdoin College at 5 p.m. Colby just took a 14-7 win over Bowdoin eight days ago.

Lindsay Abbott had an All-American day with four goals and five assists to contribute on nine of the Red Dragons' 15 goals. Maria Di Fato also had four goals, while Mary Hartzheim finished with three goals and two assists.

Caitlin Briody led the Mules with a pair of goals, while Anne Geraghty and Lindsey McKenna both had one goal. Hilary Barr, Claire Donegan, and Lane McVey all had assists.

Cortland struck quickly with three goals in the opening 4:59 of the game. Ashley Cook scored her 50th goal of the season just 2:09 into the contest and DiFato tallied just 23 seconds. DiFato converted on a free-position shot with 25:01 to play for the quick 3-0 lead.

Colby responded with an unassisted goal by Anne Geraghty with 19:24 to intermission. The Mules appeared to be back in the game as neither team scored for the next five minutes.

Abbott may have scored the biggest goal of the game for Cortland with 13:56 to play to put the Red Dragons back up by three goals at 4-1. The teams once again had a small scoring drought for seven minutes before Cortland took command with four goals in the final 6:31 to take an 8-1 lead into the break. DiFato had two more goals and Alexis Egeberg also scored twice.

Abbott scored two consecutive goals with 23:57 and 22:15 remaining in the second half to up the margin to 10-1. The Mules scored three of the next four goals to cut the lead to 11-4 with 15:59 to play. Briody, a senior tri-captain, scored first with 21:24 left and Cortland quickly responded with a score by Mary Hartzheim about a minute later. McKenna and Briody had the goals for Colby to make the score 11-4.  However, Cortland scored the final four goals of the game in the last 13:23 of the contest.

McKenna finished a terrific first season with Colby at 43 goals and four assists for a team-best 47 points. Katharine Eddy added four draw controls, three groundballs, and one caused turnover for the Mules.

Lexi Crook, who ends a terrific career on defense for the Mules, had two draw controls and one groundball. She finished up with 125 groundballs, 85 draw controls, and 72 caused turnovers. Senior goaltender Sarah Warnke had four saves in 44 minutes of play and ended up with a 53-14 record during her career at Colby.

Colby will return 10 of its top 13 scorers next year.

Cortland 15, Colby 4

Colby...............  1  3 -  4

SUNY Cortland.......  8  7 - 15

Colby SCORING: GOALS: Caitlin Briody 2; Anne Geraghty 1; Lindsey

McKenna 1. ASSISTS: Hilary Barr 1; Claire Donegan 1; Lane McVey 1.

SUNY Cortland SCORING: GOALS: Lindsay Abbott 4; Maria Di Fato 4; Mary

Hartzheim 3; Alexis Egeberg 2; Erin Kollar 1; Ashley Cook 1.

ASSISTS: Lindsay Abbott 5; Mary Hartzheim 2; Laura Edward 1.

SHOTS - Colby 19; SUNY Cortland 26. TURNOVERS - Colby 21; SUNY Cortland 19.

CLEARS - Colby 9-11; SUNY Cortland 16-28. GOALIES - COLWLX11: Sarah Warnke 15-5

(44:01 minutes, 15 shots-4 saves, 11 GA) , Michelle Burt (15:59, 5-1, 4); CORTLAND: Ally Levy

19-0 (60:00, 13-9, 4).

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