April 6, 2016

Unbeaten Cortland women thump Bears


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Nicole Bello (9) takes a shot against a Potsdam defender in the first half Tuesday at the Stadium Complex.

It was business as usual for the SUNY Cortland women’s lacrosse team, who claimed another victim as another player reached the 100-career point scoring milestone.
Visiting Potsdam was the latest squad to fall to the unbeaten No. 1 nationally-ranked Red Dragons, as Cortland coasted to a 21-7 victory in Tuesday’s SUNY Athletic Conference contest at the Stadium Complex.
Sophomore Hannah Elmer became the 43rd player in program history to reach 100 career points, as the sophomore out of West Genesee collected four goals to go along with four assists on the day.
While rolling to their 29th consecutive victory, the defending national champion Red Dragons are 2-0 in conference play and 10-0 overall.
Senior stalwarts Ashley Gentile and Tara Monaghan also had four-goal outings for Cortland, with Gentile picking up a pair of assists, securing 10 draws and gobbling up five ground balls. Monaghan won five draws and sophomore Liza Ferro four, the hosts with a 23-6 advantage in that department which provided plenty of possessions.
The Red Dragons out-shot the Bears (1-1 SUNYAC, 4-4 overall) by a lopsided 48-17 margin.
Junior Kristen Ohberg finished with three goals and three assists, while senior Elizabeth LaComb also scored three times. Senior Nicole Bello, senior Elise Bennett and sophomore Megan Gonzalez also scored, while junior Allyson McNerney and sophomore Katie Wolfe had assists.
The teams combined for 20 goals in the first half with Cortland taking a 14-6 lead into the break.
The Red Dragons opened up a 3-0 lead 3:26 into the game before Potsdam closed to 4-2 at the 19:16 mark. Cortland then went on a seven-goal spurt — three from Gentile and a pair from Monaghan — to build an 11-2 lead with 10:53 left in the half. Elmer recorded her 100th career point with an assist on a Monaghan goal during the run.
The Bears responded with a three-goal rally in less than a minute to make it an 11-5 game as three different players found the back of the net. The Red Dragons then answered with three goals, two by Ohberg and one from Gentile, in just under a minute to go ahead 14-5, and Potsdam’s Bri McClusky closed the half with her goal just 10 seconds before intermission.
Cortland quickly seized control of the game in the second half with four goals in less than eight minutes to build an 18-6 advantage with 22:50 remaining. LaComb’s third score of the game at 13:47 put the Red Dragons ahead, 19-6.
Cortland’s Bennett then notched her goal at 8:29, and Lapinski followed with her score at 4:26. Gonzalez completed the scoring off of McNerney’s assist with 12 seconds on the clock for the 21-7 final.
Senior Maggie McCabe and junior Michaela Cole topped Potsdam with two goals apiece.
Cortland returns to conference play on Saturday, traveling to Geneseo in a 3 p.m. start.
DRAGON HONORS: Monaghan and junior goalie Jaclyn Beshlian were named the SUNYAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Monaghan helped lead the Red Dragons to a pair of wins last week, totaling 11 goals, seven ground balls and nine draw controls. In a 14-6 victory at William Smith on Monday, Monaghan scored three goals, won three draws and collected six ground balls.
In a 19-9 win at Fredonia in the SUNYAC opener for both teams on Saturday, she matched her career high with eight goals and won six draws.
Beshlian made six saves in Cortland’s win at William Smith Monday, and she registered 13 saves in the Red Dragons’ victory at Fredonia Saturday. For the week, she recorded a 7.50 goals against average with 19 saves and a .559 save percentage.

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