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March 29, 2016

Women's lacrosse: Dragons’ surge handles Herons

GENEVA — While senior Nicole Bello became the latest women’s lacrosse player to join the 100-point club at SUNY Cortland, the Red Dragons also responded well to an unexpected Monday afternoon challenge.
The No. 1 ranked Division III squad in the nation was involved in a 4-4 halftime standoff at William Smith under wet and windy conditions at Boswell Field before taking charge, Cortland able to break the game open in the second half and secure a 14-6 non-conference victory.
Bello had a goal and an assist to reach the 100-point list at Cortland, while junior attack Kristen Ohberg had five goals and two assists as the Red Dragons improved to 8-0 overall. The defending national champions have won 27 straight games dating back to last season.
William Smith falls to 1-5 with the loss.
Hannah Elmer added a career-high seven points — on five assists and a pair of goals — as Cortland ended up with a 30-19 shot advantage. Tara Monaghan had three goals, junior Makenzie Annable two goals and one assist, and senior Ashley Gentile picked up a goal.
Alexandra Bird and Bizzer Gahagan gave the host Herons an early 2-0 lead before Annable put Cortland on the scoreboard at 25:41. William Smith’s Ali Burns made it a 3-1 game at 17:57.
After more than nine minutes of scoreless play, Ohberg’s first goal cut Cortland’s deficit to 3-2 at 8:09. Three minutes later, Gahagan’s second score of the game made it 4-2. The Red Dragons closed the half with Annable’s second goal at 4:32 and tied the game as Ohberg scored with one second on the clock.
The Red Dragons continued the momentum into the second half with a four-goal run in an 8:10 span to open up an 8-4 lead. After the Herons’ Hannah Connolly ended the streak to make it an 8-5 game, Cortland took control of the game with five consecutive goals in just under 10 minutes for a 13-5 advantage with 8:24 remaining.
Burns tallied the Herons’ final goal at 3:24, and Monaghan completed the scoring with six seconds on the clock,.
Junior goalie Jaclyn Beshlian stopped six shots for Cortland. Monaghan collected six ground balls and won three draw controls, Elmer caused three turnovers and scooped up three ground balls and Gentile secured three draws.
Cortland begins SUNY Athletic Conference play Saturday at Fredonia, a 1 p.m. start.
CORTLAND MEN will be chasing after a third straight victory on Wednesday night, as the Red Dragons (3-4) pay a 7 p.m visit to Ithaca College (7-1) in a non-conference clash of rivals.
Neither team is ranked in this week’s Division III national poll. though each program received votes. The Bombers bring a four-game winning streak into the contest.
Cortland is fresh from a 16-14 home field win this past Saturday over a Cabrini College squad ranked 12th in the country.

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