LANCASTER – Cortland State pumped in four unanswered goals in the opening ten minutes of game, and finished the half with an 11-1 lead, en route to a 15-9 win over Franklin & Marshall Saturday. The No. 3 Red Dragons improved to 2-1 while No. 6 Diplomats received their first loss this season and dropped to 2-1.
Marilyn Farrell scored twice, and Mari Di Fato and Jordan netted one each, to give Cortland a 4-0 lead with 22:24 left in the first half. Cat Serpe momentarily stopped the onslaught with a score for F&M before the Dragons answered with seven unanswered. Lindsay Abbott and Di Fato both scored two goals in the run for Cortland while Laura Edward, Taylor Reh and Gina Campsese added one each to give the Dragons an 11-1 halftime lead.
Cortland held a 22-5 shot advantage on the Diplomats in the first half, cleared on 8 of 9 attempts and converted 3 of 4 free positions. The Diplomats cleared the ball 5 of 8 times and were 0 for 1 on free position attempts in the first half.
Erin Kollar's score seven minutes into the second half gave the Dragons a 12-1 lead before Serpe matched it a minute later. Di Fato answered Serpe's score at 20:12 before Erin Dunne and Serpe went back-to-back to make it 13-4 with 15:06 remaining in the game. Reh and Kollar scored Cortland's final two goals before the Diplomats finished the game with five unanswered. Serpe found Lauren Selawski before netting a shot herself to make 15-6. Krohn and Dunne scored consecutive unassisted scores before Katie Delaney hit Caroline Krohn for the final score.
The Diplomats improved on their draws in the second half, winning 10, and finished with a 16-8 advantage. Cortland finished with leads in all other major categories with a 30-18 advantage on shots and 24-17 on ground balls. The Dragons cleared 14 of 17 times, F&M was 9 of 14. Cortland was 4 of 5 on free positions while the Diplomats converted 2 of 4.
Shauna Hutchinson earned the win in goal with six saves. Kelsey Hoffman took the loss despite nine saves.
The Diplomats return to action Wednesday against Ithaca in Clermont, Fla.