POTSDAM, N.Y. – Senior Tara Monaghan (Stony Point/North Rockland) tallied five goals and one assist as the nationally top-ranked and defending Div. III national champion Cortland women’s lacrosse team opened up its season with a 15-5 win against Clarkson at SUNY Potsdam Saturday afternoon.
Junior Kristen Ohberg (Brewster) recorded two goals and one assist, and senior Ashley Gentile (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) netted a pair of goals for the Red Dragons. Junior goalie Jaclyn Beshlian (Wantagh) made six saves in 56:12 before giving way to junior Victoria Fusco (Watertwon/Immaculate Heart), who stopped the only shot she faced in 3:48. Gentile secured a game-high eight draw controls, Bello forced two turnovers and Monaghan and Ohberg each collected two ground balls.
Cortland raced out to a 4-0 lead 8:38 into the game as Monaghan scored twice and Ohberg and Elmer each netted a goal. Dillon and Wright scored back-to-back goals to make it a 4-2 game, but the Red Dragons closed the half with the final four goals, two from Gentile and one each from Monaghan and Ohberg, for an 8-2 lead at the break.
Cortland quickly pushed its lead to 13-2 with a five-goal run in 8:41 to open the second half. Antelmi, Annable and Bello each tallied a goal and Monaghan capped the flurry with a pair of scores.
Cortland 15, Clarkson 5
Team 1-2 Final
Cortland 8-7 15
Clarkson 2-3 5