It was more then just another field hockey game when the Cortland and Homer varsity teams met Wednesday night on the Purple Tigers’ home turf, Moiseichik Field.
It was the annual Pink Game as both team focused on raising money for breast cancer research. Cortland, wearing light pink uniforms, and Homer, dark pink uniforms, worked hard for all 60 minutes on the field with the Purple Tigers prevailing 4-0 in the non-league contest.
While the win was important to Cortland (6-4-2 overall), there was a bigger message this night.
“Cortland and Homer Field Hockey came together in order to raise money for breast cancer research,” Cortland coach Nicole Latham said. “Both teams wore light pink and dark pink jerseys to show their support for the cause. The officials were also in pink. It was a really great moment to have together and both teams gathered after. Having coached many girls on both teams in winter and summer field hockey, it was a pleasure to work with Coach Wakula in bringing this evening to life. We “pinked out” the stadium with pink banners and signs and cancer awareness balloons. Fans came dressed in pink and donated to the cause. All proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.”
“It was great to get together with Nicole and the Cortland players to support such a great
cause,” Homer coach Kris Wakula said. “Unfortunately, several of our players have been touched by cancer. Raising money to fight the disease has been gratifying for everyone.”
As for the game. Cortland took a 3-0 lead in the first half. The first Purple Tiger goal came with 25:13 left in the half. Kadison McNabb made a nice stick stop which allowed Makayla Cotterill to deliver a hard drive shot into the near corner of the goal.
McNabb assisted on the second Purple Tiger goal as well. McNabb got the ball to Claire Dearie off a penalty corner set piece and Dearie delivered a good shot into the goal.
Cotterill made it 3-0 with 6:09 to go in the first half. Cotterill got her second goal by working a give-and-go play with McNabb, who notched her third assist.
For all her hard work in the first half, McNabb as rewarded as she scored the final Cortland goal with 19:14 left in the game. Rachel Kline picked up this assist for the 4-0 final score.
Cortland had 21 shots in the game and seven penalty corners. Homer (0-11-1) had one shot and no penalty corners. Tasie Fox made 17 saves for the Trojans. Morgan Zimmer recorded one save for the Purple Tigers.
Homer will stay on the non-league side with a trip to Oneida Friday for a 4:30 p.m. game. Cortland is back in action Friday as well with a non-league trip to Weedsport for a 4 p.m. game.