October 19, 2021

Visiting Auburn outlasts Cortland

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

Cortland's Hannah Partigianoni (16), right, scores against Auburns Madison Murphy (2) in the first half.

The Cortland High girls’ lacrosse team gave visiting Auburn all it could handle on Moiseichik Field Tuesday night before falling to 3-10 in the SCAC Empire Division and 3-12 overall in a 10-7 loss.

The Maroons improved to 11-3 league and 12-4 overall with the win.

“We got on the board early in this game,” Purple Tigers coach Kindra Catalano said. “It was an incredible improvement from our last snowy game against Auburn (a 15-3 road loss on April 17) where we started in the hole by several goals.Jumping out early has been the message all season and tonight we made that happen. Hannah Partigianoni and Grace Call paired up to control the tempo of this game. Unfortunately, putting 21 shots on cage didn’t bring us the win tonight but this is the second most competitive game we have played with a top league team. I was very proud the ‘no quit’ that this group brought to the field. They always work hard but tonight it looked like they found the extra connection with their teammates.”

Partigianoni scored three goals for CHS while Lauren Swartz scored twice, Call had a goal and an assist and Tsai
Lewis scored once. Goalie Kelsey Gibbons made 18 saves to 11 for Auburn’s Alexis Driscoll as the winners had a 25-21 shot advantage.

Sam Dixon scored three goals and added an assist while Natalie Calandra scored three goals for Auburn. Bianca Giancona had two goals, Abbie Izzo a goal and an assist and Marguerite Cuddy one goal. The visitors won 12 of the 17 draw controls and Cortland had a 20-10 advantage in groundballs.

“Kelsey Gibbons was a standout in the cage tonight,: Catalano said. “She came up with some big saves despite
our largest number of fouls in the eight-meter occurring tonight. Auburn moves the ball quickly and they play tight to the eight-meter on attack. Grace, Hannah Aldrich, Jenicah Brown and Elyssa Yonta were able to get some clean loose-ball pickups and we decreased our number of turnovers in the midfield as a whole.

“This team has found themselves in a battle many games this season but as a young, talented and driven group they show each other how to trust and keep working for the next play. Abby Ricottilli, Tsai, Kathleen Starr, Hannah and Grace worked really well on a midfield rotation, something we have been working towards all season. It finally clicked and their game sense shined through tonight.”

Cortland hosts Syracuse today at 6 p.m. at Moiseichik Field on Senior Night.