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No. 6 Cortland Takes Down Field Hockey, 6-3

Kayla Sokol Box Score

Springfield, Mass. -- September 27, 2009 -- Despite goals by Springfield College's Meg Bradley, Morgan Rein, and Kayla Sokol, the No. 6-ranked Cortland State field hockey team defeated Springfield this afternoon at rainy Stagg Field. With the win, Cortland remains unbeaten at 9-0, while the Pride falls to 4-4.

Springfield scored the first goal at 10:10 into the game when Bradley, a junior midfielder from Cumberland, R.I., took advantage of a penalty corner, firing a hard shot into the back of the net.

But Cortland tallied the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead by halftime. Sophomore forward Danielle Hand (Whitney Point, N.Y.) scored 20 minutes into the half to tie it. Then senior midfielder Christine McCabe (Greene, N.Y.) put the Red Dragons ahead at 28:54.

Springfield scored the first goal of the second half to tie it at 2-all when Rein, a senior midfielder from Mystic, Conn., tallied just 1:52 into that stanza. That goal was assisted by sophomore forward Kate Newman (Uxbridge, Mass.).

Cortland then scored the next four goals of the contest to take control, before Sokol finished off the scoring toward's game's end. McCabe scored the unassisted game-winner at 40:49. The Red Dragons then followed with three goals in less than six minutes, the first two of which were scored by freshman forward Sara Woodward (Pine Plains, N.Y.). Those two goals were assisted by junior midfielder Brenda Semit (Holland Patent, N.Y.) and by freshman forward Liz DeWaters (Lockport, N.Y.). At 59:14, freshman midfielder Brianna Petronio (Holland Patent, N.Y.) scored Cortland's final goal. It was unassisted.

SC's Sokol, a freshman midfielder from West Brookfield, Mass., then scored the game's final goal at 64:36, also unassisted.

Cortland outshot the Pride, 15-6. Cortland junior goalkeeper Ashley Hughes (Selden, N.Y.) was credited with two saves, one in each half, in the nets. For Springfield, sophomore Alison McCarthy (North Andover, Mass.) made seven saves. Freshman Anna Calano (Columbia, Conn.) played the last 8:02 in goal, but did not register a save, nor did she give up a goal.

SC played twice this weekend, defeating Babson Saturday, 3-1, in a key New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game. Up next , the Pride will host Williams Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at Stagg Field.

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