Cortland field hockey wins 9th straight game

Sophomore Hannah Burchell tallied Cortland's first two goals (Darl Zehr Photography)

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Junior Jessica Welsh (Hamilton) and sophomore Hannah Burchell (Whitney Point) combined for five goals and the Cortland field hockey team posted its ninth consecutive victory to improve to 14-3 overall with a 6-0 win versus Nazareth in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon at the Stadium Complex.

Welsh finished with three goals, leaving her one point shy of becoming the 12th player in program history to record 100 in her career. Burchell tallied two goals and one assist. Junior Jess Gibaldi (Westbury/W.T. Clarke) added her team-high 14th goal of the season, and senior Megan O'Brien (Carmel) collected an assist. Junior goalie Kailynne Reinoehl (Lititz, PA/Warwick) stopped two shots.

Junior goalie Kimber Nourse (Erieville/Cazenovia) registered 26 saves, and sophomore Julia Parody (Cicero/Cicero-North Syracuse) collected a defensive save for the Golden Flyers (2-15).

Burchell gave Cortland a 2-0 lead after the opening 35 minutes of play, scoring on a rebound from the right side at 5:37 and converting a penalty stroke at 15:43.

Welsh then took over the goal scoring in the second half with three very similar goals. At 40:23, Welsh took a pass from Burchell near the top of the circle, quickly dribbled straight in and blasted a shot inside the right post. Just over two minutes later, she carried in and again sent a hard shot past Nourse. Welsh completed her hat trick at 57:03 when she finished off a penalty corner with her third low, long shot that found its way inside the post. Nazareth had back-to-back opportunities to spoil the shutout bid with nine minutes remaining, but Reinoehl denied shots by sophomore Jennifer Hilts (Eaton/Morrisville-Eaton) and freshman Lydia Dewart (Barker)

Welsh had a chance to eclipse the 100-point mark with 5:21 remaining, but she missed wide left on a penalty stroke. Gibaldi completed the scoring with 8.8 seconds remaining, one-timing a cross from O'Brien right in front.

Cortland 6, Nazareth 0

Scoring Summary (Goals-Assists):
Nazareth: no scoring
Cortland: Jessica Welsh 3-0, Hannah Burchell 2-1, Jess Gibaldi 1-0, Megan O'Brien 0-1

Halftime: Cortland 2, Nazareth 0
Shots: Cortland 39, Nazareth 2
Penalty Corners: Cortland 16, Nazareth 1
Saves: Kimber Nourse (Nazareth) 26 (6 GA in 70:00); Kailynne Reinoehl (Cortland) 2 (0 GA in 70:00)

Record after game: Nazareth (Golden Flyers) 2-15; Cortland (Red Dragons) 14-3

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