Featured photo courtesy of Darl Zehr Photography
GENEVA, N.Y. — The nationally top-ranked Cortland women’s lacrosse team outscored William Smith, 10-2, in the second half to break away from a 4-4 halftime tie to earn a 14-6 non-conference win Monday afternoon in wet and windy conditions at Boswell Field in Geneva.
Junior Kristen Ohberg (Brewster) tallied seven points on five goals and two assists for the Red Dragons (8-0), while sophomore Hannah Elmer (Syracuse/West Genesee) recorded a career-high seven points on two goals and five assists. Senior Tara Monaghan (Stony Point/North Rockland) scored three goals, junior Makenzie Annable (Navarino/Onondaga) contributed two goals and one assist, senior Nicole Bello (Camillus/West Genesee) joined the Cortland career 100-point list with one goal and one assist and senior Ashley Gentile (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) connected for one goal.
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Junior goalie Jaclyn Beshlian (Wantagh) 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.
Ali Burns and Bizzer Gahagan led William Smith (1-5) with a pair of goals. Alexandra Bird and Hannah Connolly each tallied one goal and one assist. Goalie Sarah Honan made eight saves and grabbed five ground balls. Geneva Calder won six draws, and Kelsi Carr chipped in with three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Bird and Gahagan gave the Herons an early 2-0 lead before Annable put Cortland on the scoreboard at 25:41. 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 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 for the 14-6 final.
Final Score: Cortland 14, William Smith 6
Team 1-2 Final
Cortland 4-10 14
William Smith 4-2 6
Cortland: Kristen Ohberg 5-2, Tara Monaghan 3-0, Hannah Elmer 2-5, Makenzie Annable 2-1, Nicole Bello 1-1, Ashley Gentile 1-0
William Smith: Ali Burns 2-0, Bizzer Gahagan 2-0, Alexandra Bird 1-1, Hannah Connolly 1-1
Cortland: Jaclyn Beshlian, 6 saves (6 GA in 60:00)
William Smith: Sarah Honan, 8 saves (14 GA in 60:00)
Shots: Cortland 30, William Smith 19
Ground Balls: Cortland 20, William Smith 16
Clears: Cortland 10-of-12, William Smith 9-of-20
Draw Controls: William Smith 10, Cortland 9
Caused Turnovers: Cortland 11, William Smith 9
Turnovers: William Smith 21, Cortland 16
Records after game: Cortland (Red Dragons) 8-0 (ranked 1st nationally in Div. III); William Smith (Herons) 1-5
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