Second-ranked Cortland outscored Middlebury 8-2 over the game’s final 22 minutes on its way to a 12-10 win over the fifth-ranked Panthers (9-2) on Kohn Field. The Red Dragons remain perfect on the season at 11-0, while Middlebury sees a 13-game home winning streak snapped, dating back to April 14, 2012.
Trailing 2-1, Middlebury ran off three-straight goals to take a 4-2 lead at the 17:21 mark. Katie Ritter found Laurel Pascal for the first tally of the spurt, assisting on Liza Herzog’s goal at the 20:06 mark. Chrissy Ritter converted a free position before Marilyn Farrell made a quick pass from behind the net to Emma Hayes-Hurley, who brought the Red Dragons within one at 4-3.
Tara Monaghan knotted the game at 4-4 with 13:32 left in the first half with a free position tally. C. Ritter made a quick burst to the goal, scoring with just 37 seconds left to put the Panthers on top 5-4 at the half.
Middlebury came out strong in the second half, scoring the first three goals to take a notable 8-4 advantage with 22:28 remaining. K. Ritter circled the crease and scored with a low quick shot just 1:32 into the second session. Bridget Instrum made it a 7-4 game, carrying the ball downfield 25 yards before finding the back of the net. Mary O’Connell followed, picking up the ball and scoring on a rebound to put her team up by four goals.
Cortland would not go away, rallying to score three straight and make it a one-goal game. Kristen Ohberg converted a feed from Farrell, before scoring a goal of her own on a nice pass from behind the net by Erica Geremia. Ohberg struck against with a great shot from a tough angle after circling the net to make it an 8-7 contest with 16:22 remaining.
K. Ritter broke up the run with a shot cutting down the middle to give the Panthers the 9-7 lead. Less than a minute, later Monaghan answered with a quick high shot on a pass from Hayes-Hurley. Just 12 seconds later, Ohberg converted a feed from Geremia to tie the game at 9-9 with 8:30 remaining. The point was the 200th of her career for Geremia, making her the 12th player to accomplish the feat in Cortland State history.
Less than a minute passed before Instrum put the Panthers back on top, while Ohberg returned the favor with her fourth of the game 33 ticks later to make it 10-10.
Hayes-Hurley scored what proved to be the game-winner with 5:36 remaining with a hard charge down the middle, resulting in a goal and a Panther yellow card. Ashley Gentile took advantage, giving her team a 12-10 lead with 4:47 remaining on an assist from Geremia.
Cortland was able to possess the ball for a majority of the remainder of the contest, taking time off the clock to secure the win.
Instrum, Pascal, C. Ritter and K. Ritter each scored twice for Middlebury, while K. Ritter dished out a pair of assists to go along with three ground balls and four draw controls. Catherine Fowler added five draw controls, while C. Ritter caused three turnovers. Alyssa Palomba finished with four saves in goal.
Ohberg’s four goals led all scorers, while Monaghan and Hayes-Hurley each scored twice for Cortland. Monaghan added three draw controls, while Hayes-Hurley forced three turnovers. Liz Ingalls earned the win with six saves in goal.