Women's Lacrosse Ends Season in NCAA Quarterfinal Loss to Cortland
CORTLAND, N.Y. - The Cortland State women's lacrosse team used an 11-0 run to defeat Bowdoin, 14-4, in a NCAA Quarterfinal game on Sunday afternoon.
The fourth-ranked Red Dragons advance to the NCAA Semifinals with a 21-1 record, while the eighth-ranked Polar Bears end their season at 15-4. Bowdoin, in its fifth NCAA appearance, collected a pair of wins to improve to 8-5 all-time in tournament play.
Bowdoin and Cortland traded goals in the opening twenty minutes of play with the Red Dragons striking first at 27:19. Jordan Smith capitalized on a quick pass from Carolyn Gorajek five minutes later to even the score at 1-1. Bowdoin took its only lead of the game at 17:33 as Betsy Sachs buried a free position shot, taking the 2-1 advantage, after her first free position conversation was negated by a shooting space infraction. Cortland evened the game with her own free position goal less than two minutes later and recaptured the lead with a goal by Gina Campese.Bowdoin continued to apply offensive pressure and knotted the score at 12:12. Jordan Smith scored her second goal of the game coming off an assist from Molly Popolizio.
Cortland closed out the final ten minutes of the first half by stringing together four consecutive goals. The Red Dragons carried momentum into the second half and added seven more goals before Bowdoin netted the final goal of the game at 10:06. Breaking free of her defender, Gorajek found open space in front of the net and controlled a pass from Mackenzie Schleicher to score Bowdoin's fourth of the game.
Maria Di Fato netted a game high four goals for Cortland, while Taylor Robinson and Campese each tallied two. Lindsay Picard and Betsy Sachs both accounted for a game high three caused turnovers. Sachs also led the Polar Bears with three draw controls. Julie Bernatzky stopped 12 shots in net for Cortland as Tara Connolly stopped 11 on the opposite end.