WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - SUNY Cortland, ranked first in the National Field Hockey Coaches poll, defeated stubborn Plymouth State College 4-2 Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament at Cole Field.
The Red Dragons, 16-2, advance to Sunday's 12 noon NCAA quarterfinal round game with Rowan University, who defeated Williams earlier in the day. The Panthers, who downed Gordon 5-0 in the first round, had their 12-game winning streak stopped and finish a successful season at 15-5 overall.
Cortland opened the scoring three minutes into the game when Jamie Tull tallied an unassisted goal. The Red Dragons doubled their lead at 19:02 when Ashley Ostrander scored with an assist from Jane Pohle, and maintained the 2-0 advantage into halftime. Plymouth State got on the board when Marushka Eddy (Nantucket, Mass.) scored off a pass from Carmen Villanueva (East Schodack, N.Y.) with 24 minutes to play in the second half. Cortland regained a two-goal lead when Kim Anthony netted what would turn out to be the game-winner with 16:41 left, converting a pass from Julie Genter. Plymouth State would not go away though, as Eddy picked up an assist by setting up Sarah Lynch (Belgrade Lakes, Maine) on a goal with 12:39 left. Ostrander added her second goal of the game for the Red Dragons with 10 minutes remaining and Cortland held on for the win.
Cortland's Becky Gillette made three saves in each half, while PSC's Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Maine) posted nine saves on the day. PSC earned its second consecutive NCAA berth by winning its second straight Little East Conference Championship under head coach Bonnie Lord.
(Courtesy Williams Sports Information)