May 11, 2016
Monaghan named top sticker
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Tara Monaghan (2) was named the SUNYAC Player of the Year.
Senior midfielder Tara Monaghan led a large contigent of SUNY Cortland women named to the all-conference lacrosse squad.
Monaghan was selected Player of the Year in a vote by league coaches, and was joined on the All-SUNY Athletic Conference first team by senior midfielder Ashley Gentile, senior defender Colleen Wright, junior attacker Kristen Ohberg and sophomore attacker Hannah Elmer.
The Red Dragons also had junior goalie Jaclyn Beshlian as a second-team honoree.
All six players have started every game this spring for the 18-0 and nationally top-ranked Red Dragons, who won the SUNYAC regular season and playoff crowns this spring.
Monaghan earned all-league honors for the third time, having been a second-team choice as both a sophomore and junior. Gentile and Wright each repeat as first-team selections. Ohberg was on the second team in both 2014 and 2015, and Beshlian is on the second team for the second straight year.
Defending national champion Cortland will host either Castleton University or Keene State College at 1 p.m. on Sunday to get the NCAA Division III tournament underway. Castleton and Keene State play a first-round game Saturday at Cortland at 1 p.m.
Prior to NCAA tournament play, Monaghan has 69 goals and 12 assists for 81 points. She leads the Red Dragons in goals and ground balls (41) and ranks second in total points, draw controls (76) and caused turnovers (19).
In her four seasons at Cortland, Monaghan has amassed 225 goals and 40 assists for 265 points and has won 308 draws. She ranks third all-time at Cortland in goals and draws and seventh in points.
Gentile currently leads Cortland with 103 draw controls and ranks second with 62 goals. She’s also second on the squad with 38 ground balls, tied for third with 15 caused turnovers, and fourth with 74 total points. Gentile’s career totals include 169 goals and 22 assists for 191 points, and she is fifth all-time with 242 draw controls.
Wright ranks third at Cortland this spring with 31 ground balls and fifth with 11 caused turnovers. She helps anchor a defensive unit that has allowed only 7.1 goals per game.
Ohberg is the team leader with 98 points on 52 goals and 46 assists. She ranks second on the team in assists, third in both goals and ground balls (26), and also has caused 10 turnovers. In her three collegiate seasons to date, Ohberg has 161 goals and 115 assists for 276 points and already ranks fifth at Cortland in assists and sixth in total points.
Elmer has tallied 31 goals and a team-high 47 assists for 78 points. She’s presently third on the team in points and fourth in goals. Elmer also has 22 ground balls and is tied for third with 15 caused turnovers. In just two seasons, Elmer has 63 goals and 70 assists for 133 total points.
Beshlian is 18-0 between the pipes this spring with a 7.66 goals-against average and a nationally 16th-ranked .538 save percentage. She’s recorded double-figure saves in a game six times, including 14 in a regular-season win over Brockport and 13 each in victories against The College
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