October 23, 2021

Red Dragon Roundup: Hoyt paces softball team to pair of victories

Skyler Hoyt went a combined 5-for-7 with a homer, triple, three doubles, walk, three RBI and four runs scored as SUNY Cortland earned wins over Hamilton, 15-9, and Westminster (Pa.), 9-2 Wednesday at the Rebel Spring Games softball tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.

Cortland evened its season record at 3-3 with the victories.

Cortland trailed 4-1 after three innings to the Continentals (0-4), but came back with two runs in the fourth and eight in the fifth to take an 11-4 lead. The Red Dragons added three in the sixth and one in the seventh and won by six runs despite being outhit by the Continentals, 16-15.

Niki Barbato finished 4-for-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. Hoyt went 3-for-4 with three doubles, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored, and Rosie Phillips was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Kelly O’Gorman finished with two walks, two sacrifice flies and two RBI in five plate appearances.

The top five hitters in Hamilton’s lineup accounted for 14 of the Continentals’ 16 hits. Daphne Assimakipoulos went 4-for-4 with a double and four RBI and Emily Fraser was 4-for-5 with two RBI. Ashleah Yzaguirre, Caitlin Berreitter and Kendall Searcyss each finished 2-for-4 with a walk. Yzaguirre and Searcyss scored three runs apiece and Berreitter scored twice and drove in a run.

Sam Van Dorn entered in relief in the bottom of the third inning and earned the win when Cortland eventually took the lead for good in the fifth. Alexandrea Flint started and pitched the first two and a third innings. She later re-entered and struck out two batters to escape a second-and-third jam in the sixth, and she allowed two runs in the seventh.

Jamie Lachall scattered seven hits and allowed two unearned runs against Westminster in a complete-game effort for her first win of the season. She walked one batter. Kayla Troxil started for the Titans (6-4) and took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, in three innings. She gave up six hits. Natalie Sewell permitted three hits and four runs, one earned, in three innings out of the bullpen.

Hoyt finished the game 2-for-3 with a homer, triple, two RBI and two runs scored. O’Gorman was 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and three runs, and Mikayla Shade drove in three runs. For Westminster, Ritter finished 2-for-2 and Owrey was 2-for-3.

The Red Dragons were face Illinois Wesleyan and William Paterson today at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., respectively.


The nationally seventh-ranked Cortland women’s lacrosse team broke open a close game with a six-goal second-half run en route to a 13-8 victory over fifth-ranked Catholic University Wednesday afternoon at American University. The Red Dragons improved to 3-1 with the win, while the Cardinals dropped their first game of the year and fell to 3-1.

Junior Hannah Elmer paced the Cortland offense with four goals. Senior Nicolette Tortorici netted three goals, and senior Makenzie Annable added two goals and one assist. Senior Kristen Ohberg tallied four points on one goal and three assists, sophomore Carly Stone and freshman Lexie Meager (Syracuse/West Genesee) each contributed one goal and one assist, freshman Brie Yonge notched a goal and junior Katie Wolfe chipped in with an assist.

Senior goalie Jaclyn Beshlian registered 13 saves for the Red Dragons. Meager won four draw controls, Ohberg scooped up four ground balls and freshman Jordynn Aiello caused two turnovers.

Holly Regan led Catholic with two goals and two assists. Clair Schmitzer and Ana Brandenburg each netted a pair of goals. Laura Dunn recorded one goal and one assist, Nicolette Crisalli scored a goal and Julia Clementi and Alexis Bosilovic each added an assist. Goalie Nanci Hernandez made six saves in the first half, and Christina DeCesaris stopped five shots in the second half.


SUNY Cortland sophomore Allie Fischer finished first in a field of 28 golfers at the five-team Myrtle Beach Shootout, hosted by McDaniel College (Md.) at the Barefoot Golf Course.

Cortland finished second in the final team standings at the one-day event with a score of 373, just two strokes behind champion Denision. McDaniel finished third (388), followed by Stevenson (399) and Westminster (443).

Fischer battled tough conditions, with winds gusting at more than 40 miles per hour, to finish with a winning score of 87. She carded a 45 on the front nine and a 42 on the back. Denison’s Tina Berardi (41-48-89) and Nicole Wetoska (47-44-91) finished second and third, followed by Westminster’s Kelsey Phillips (43-49-92). Junior Anna Haley placed fifth with a final score of 93 (45-48), followed by junior Brianna Sovring in sixth place with a 94 (50-44).

Rounding out Cortland’s top five were sophomore Mallory Rosch in a tie for 15th (52-47-99) and sophomore Tiffany Schapira in a tie for 17th (50-50-100).