The distance between SUNY Cortland and Le Moyne College is peanuts-nothing. A 45-minute drive on I-81 North, merge here, a couple turns there and you've reached academia.
And this weekend, both teams will meet at the same destination: Adelphi University, the site of this year's NCAA Division II and III women's lacrosse semifinals and national championships games.
Last Sunday, the Red Dragons downed Colby 15-4 in a regional matchup at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. Junior Lindsay Abbott (Onondaga) led her team with four goals and five assists. Abbott became the first player in Cortland women's lacrosse history to reach 300 career points.
Cortland will face a mirror image of themselves in Gettysburg this Saturday at 8p.m. The winner will advance to the championship game versus Bowdoin/College of New Jersey Sunday at 3 p.m.
"They (Gettysburg) are a complete team," head coach Kathy Taylor (former coach at Fayetteville-Manlius) said. "They attack the cage with a lot of scorers. They defend. Even in the games they have lost, it has traditionally been low scoring. They are very strong in their draw and have a solid goalie in cage."
In Division II, the no. 2-ranked LeMoyne Dolphins beat No. 5 Dowling 18-9 last Saturday and will take on conference foe
and two-time national champion Adelphi for the third time this season.
The Dolphins are 0-2 against the Panthers, with its last loss coming in the Northeast-10 conference tournament championship 17-11. The winner of this third and most important encounter will take on Limestone or West Chester Sunday at noon.
Junior attacker Brittany Brigandi (CBA) and senior attacker Michelle Phillips (Maine-Endwell) once again headlined the Dolphins offensive unit with five and four goals, respectively. Brigandi has amassed 100 total points on the season, 82 goals and 18 assists; Phillips, 42 goals and 16 assists.