A slow first half start didn't startle the Division III no. 5-ranked Cortland State women's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex as the team went on to defeat Oswego State 20-5 in its State University of New York Athletic Conference season opener to improve its overall record to 7-1.
The Lakers' early 3-1 lead was enough for Cortland's head coach (and former Fayetteville-Manlius coach) Kathy Taylor. She called a quick time-out to get her team refocused.
"I called the time out so we could have a do-over," Taylor said. "It wasn't the start I had anticipated for our team. think that going into this game we really wanted this to be a great team experience. To do that, we wanted to take care of the game early.
"On offense, we had a lot of opportunities, but we didn't handle those opportunities well. We didn't take good shots. The goalie played a solid first half, but our decision making wasn't as good as it should have been."
The time-out worked, as the Red Dragons responded and netted seven consecutive goals, including three from West Genesee graduate Maria Di Fato. The sophomore would tie her career high in goals with five on the day.
Oswego State would get as close as 9-5 before the Red Dragons closed out the half with a 12-5 halftime score. The Lakers' Kristen Darcy would lead all scorers with two goals.
Midfielder Lindsay Abbott (Onondadga) continued to prove her versatility, contributing career highs in assists (seven) and points (nine) -- tying a school record first set by Beth Breen in 1986. Th junior would round out her play and chip in two goals.
"I know in my past years, especially my freshman year, I was always trying to work on my assists," Abbott said. "Throughout the past two years I've definitely upped it, been able to get more assists and help the team out more."