CORTLAND, N.Y. – The nationally top-ranked Cortland women's lacrosse team scored three of the game's final four goals to earn a 16-11 victory versus 14th-ranked Brockport Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the 2016 SUNYAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament.
With the win, the Red Dragons improved to 18-0 and earned the automatic NCAA Div. III playoff berth. The Golden Eagles fell to 14-3 and await a possible at-large berth.
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Junior Kristen Ohberg (Brewster) and freshman Carly Stone (Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt) led Cortland with four goals and one assist each. Senior Ashley Gentile (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) recorded five points on three goals and two assists, sophomore Hannah Elmer (Syracuse/West Genesee) added three scores and senior Tara Monaghan (Stony Point/North Rockland) tallied two goals and one helper. Senior Nicole Bello (Camillus/West Genesee) picked up two assists and classmate Elizabeth LaComb (Syracuse/West Genesee) recorded one helper.
Junior goalie Jaclyn Beshlian (Wantagh) made 11 saves for the Red Dragons and was named the SUNYAC Tournament MVP. Sophomore Liza Ferro (Cortland) won four draws, junior Nicolette Tortorici (Deer Park) picked up four ground balls and Gentile caused three turnovers.
Junior Kelly Wall (Clifton Park/Shenendehowa) led Brockport with three goals and an assist and sophomore Jessica Boddery (Webster/Webster Thomas) netted three goals. Senior Makensie Schuber (Webster/Webster Thomas) scored two times and recorded an assist and freshman Hannah Cullen (Wantagh) added two points on a goal and an assist. Sophomore Andrea Zlinsky (Owego/Owego Free Academy) and classmate Samantha Dooling (Kirkville/East Syracuse Minoa) netted one goal each and senior Keely Rice (Potsdam) recorded an assist.
Sophomore Goalie Sarah Shaddock (Corning/Corning East) made five saves for the Golden Eagles. Junior Katie Curran (Hopewell Junction/Arlington) caused two turnovers and scooped up three ground balls and senior Ciara McKeon (Westhampton/Westhampton Beach) added seven draws.
Cortland jumped out to a 6-2 lead with 11:54 remaining in the first half. Gentile scored twice and Monaghan, Elmer, Ohberg and Stone tallied one goal each for the Red Dragons. Dooling and Boddery recorded the two scores for Brockport. The Golden Eagles then outscored Cortland 3-2 in the remainder of the half. Zlinsky, Cullen and Schuber scored the goals for Brockport and Ohberg and Gentile netted one score each for Cortland.
The Golden Eagles scored three of the first four goals of the second half and only trailed 9-8 with 23:09 remaining. Wall scored twice and Boddery added one goal for Brockport and Stone tallied the Red Dragon goal. Cortland followed up with three unanswered goals, two from Stone and one from Ohberg. Schuber and Boddery scored goals for Brockport sandwiched around a Cortland Monaghan goal bringing the Golden Eagles within three with 13:29 remaining. After a scoreless period of 10:56 between the two sides, the Red Dragons closed out the win by outscoring Brockport 3-1 over the final 2:33. Elmer scored twice and Ohberg tallied a goal for Cortland and Wall recorded the score for the Golden Eagles.
SUNYAC All-Tournament Team
MVP: Jaclyn Beshlian - Cortland
Tara Monaghan – Cortland
Kristen Ohberg – Cortland
Colleen Wright – Cortland
Ashley Gentile – Cortland
Makensie Schuber – Brockport
Courtney Szczesniak – Brockport
Kelly Wall – Brockport
Claudia Coleates – Geneseo
Bridget Lincoln – Geneseo
Emily Lange – Oswego
Angela Ponto – Oswego
Cortland 16, Brockport 11
Team 1-2 Final
Brockport 5-6 11
Cortland 8-8 16
Brockport: Kelly Wall 3-1, Jessica Boddery 3-0, Makensie Schuber 2-1, Hannah Cullen 1-1, Andrea Zlinsky 1-0, Samantha Dooling 1-0, Keeley Rice 0-1
Cortland: Kristen Ohberg 4-1, Carly Stone 4-1, Ashley Gentile 3-2, Hannah Elmer 3-0, Tara Monaghan 2-1, Nicole Bello 0-2, Elizabeth LaComb 0-1
Brockport: Sara Shaddock, 5 saves (16 GA in 60:00)
Cortland: Jaclyn Beshlian, 11 saves (11 GA in 60:00)
Shots: Brockport 26, Cortland 24
Ground Balls: Cortland 16, Brockport 14
Clears: Cortland 12-of-16, Brockport 11-of-15
Draw Controls: Brockport 16, Cortland 13
Caused Turnovers: Cortland 8, Brockport 6
Turnovers: Brockport 15, Cortland 11
Records after game: Cortland (Red Dragons) 18-0 (ranked 1st nationally in Div. III); Brockport (Golden Eagles) 14-3 (ranked 14th nationally in Div. III)
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