PRINCE ATHLETIC COMPLEX – Amanda D'Amico scored on a rebound five minutes into sudden death overtime to give SUNY Cortland a 4-3 victory over the University of Rochester in Edwin Fauver Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The Red Dragons improved their record to 3-1 overall. Cortland opened with wins over Maine-Farmington (9-1) and Smith College (2-1) in the Smith College Caryl Newhof Classic a week ago. Cortland lost its home opener, 2-0, to 10th-ranked Montclair State College on Saturday.
Rochester is 2-2. The Yellowjackets defeated York College of Pennsylvania in Grantham, PA, to open the season in late August. Two days later, 16th-ranked Christopher Newport defeated Rochester, 1-0, at Spooky Nook in Pennsylvania. Rochester downed Houghton College, 8-0, last Saturday to open its home season. The Yellowjackets went from #9 to #14 heading into the Cortland match.
The scoring went back and forth. Cortland built one-goal leads three times, only to see Rochester tie the score in the next few minutes. Rochester held a 26-9 advantage in total shots (13-7 in shots on goal), but Cortland goaltender Marisa D'Amico made 10 saves and her defenders blocked a number of shots.
Yellowjacket goaltender Kate Kujawa made three saves and was effective charging off the line to kick the ball away from Cortland attackers.
Cortland's goalscorers were Amanda Glaser, Molly Quinlan, Sara Reardon, and Amanda D'Amico. Hannah Burchell had two assists. Allie Bianchi had one.
For Rochester, Colleen Maillie scored one goal and set up one goal. Leona Fisher and Amanda Strenk had single goals. Julia McDonough had an assist.
Glaser scored on a counter attack – Cortland's first shot of the game –in the second quarter. Bianchi had the assist. Rochester evened it within two minutes. On a penalty corner, McDonough slid it to Maillie who scored to the left corner.
The Red Dragons used a combination from days gone by to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Burchell collected a penalty corner from Quinlan at the top of the circle. Quinlan sped to goal along the endline and tipped in Quinlan's feed from the top.
Rochester evened it with six minutes left. Maillie chipped a pass from the left side into the center of the circle and Fisher was there to deflect it inside the right post before Marisa D'Amico could react.
Less than two minutes went by before Cortland went ahead, 3-2. Burchell slid the ball to Reardon on the right side. She lifted it over everyone and it bounced into the corner of the net with 4:48 left. Rochester got level in 19 seconds: the ball came to Strenk and she fired to the low right corner.
Each team had brief flurries in overtime before Cortland seized the win. Kujawa stopped Burchell in the middle of the circle. The save went high. The ball bounced and Amanda D'Amico was there to touch it home.
Cortland plays five of its next six matches on the road. Rochester plays at Utica College on Friday, visits third-ranked Tufts University on Sunday, and plays at SUNY New Paltz on the 21st. The Yellowjackets are starting a Cortland-like stretch – seven of eight matches on the road.