Geremia leads Cortland to easy win in second round of NCAA tournament
CORTLAND, N.Y. –- Freshman Erica Geremia scored a game-high nine points on three goals and six assists to lead fourth-ranked Cortland to a 21-3 win versus Adrian on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Red Dragons won their 17th consecutive game to improve to 20-1 on the season and will host Bowdoin, a 10-6 winner versus Geneseo, at 1 p.m. Sunday in a national quarterfinal game. The Bulldogs completed their season with a 17-3 record.
Senior Maria Di Fato had three goals and two assists, and sophomore Emma Hayes-Hurley also netted three goals for Cortland. Junior Liz Beville contributed two goals and one assist, freshman Ashley Gentile scored twice, freshman Nicole Bello chipped in with one goal and one assist and seven others added one goal each.
Senior goalie Shauna Hutchinson made two saves in 50:44 before giving way to freshman Liz Ingalls, who stopped one shot over the final 9:16. Senior Jamie Flood recorded four ground balls and four caused turnovers and freshman Tara Monaghan registered six draw controls.
Senior Olivia Duncan paced the Bulldogs with one goal and one assist. Senior Heather Newblom and junior Hannah Early each netted a goal and senior Stacey Birlson contributed an assist. Freshman goalie Maddie McDonald stopped six shots. Early recorded six draw controls.
Cortland quickly took control of the game, building an 8-0 lead just 10:50 into the contest. Geremia recorded two goals and three assists and Di Fato scored twice during the run. Newblom put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard at 18:22, but the Red Dragons tallied five consecutive scores from five different players for a 13-1 lead. Early closed the half with a goal for Adrian 27 seconds before intermission to make it a 13-2 game.
The Red Dragons eventually pushed their lead to 21-2 with the first nine goals of the second half as Cortland emptied its bench. Duncan capped the game's scoring with a goal 22 seconds before the final horn.