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Red Dragons clinch top spot in tourney

SUNYAC Women’s Lacrosse

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

SUNY Cortland's Sydney Oshinsky (28) tracks down a loose ball with SUNY Brockport's Taylor Thomas (18) in pursuit, right.

Freshman goalie Annie Casey made a save on a point-blank shot with 2:51 remaining in the game to protect a one-goal lead, and the nationally 18thranked SUNY Cortland women’s lacrosse team tacked on two late goals to earn a 16-13 victory over Brockport Tuesday afternoon in SUNYAC action. With the win, the Red Dragons improved to 12-4 overall and 7-0 in the conference, clinching the top seed in the upcoming league tournament. The Golden Eagles fell to 6-8 and 5-2 with the loss.

Sophomore Molly Newton led the Cortland offense with four goals. Sophomores Lexie Meager and Brie Yonge each tallied three goals and one assist. Sophomore Baylee Ojeda recorded two goals and two assists, senior Kristyn Drake netted two goals, senior Megan Gonzalez chipped in with one goal and one assist and senior Jaycie Annable scored a goal. Senior Katie Wolfe and junior Carly Stone had two assists apiece.

Casey finished with seven saves for the Red Dragons. Junior Hailey Dobbins won six draw controls, freshman Hannah Lorenzen secured five draws, Meager caused three turnovers and senior Sydney Oshinsky collected three ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Junior Jade Williams paced Brockport with a game-high five goals. Junior Heather Conklin netted three goals, senior Taylor Thomas from Cortland scored twice and juniors Hannah Cullen, Sara Grapevine and Victoria Thompson each notched a goal.

Senior goalie Sarah Brown turned aside 10 shots and scooped up three ground balls. Thomas won five draws, while Williams recorded three draws. Junior Nikki Nolan caused three turnovers, and junior Ashley Tack collected four ground balls.

Cortland opened an 8-5 lead after the first 30 minutes of play on the strength of two goals each from Newton and Drake. Williams scored twice for the Golden Eagles in the first half.

After Newton’s third goal of the game made it a 9-5 score 27 seconds into the second half, Brockport answered with five of the next six goals and the score was even at 10-10 with 17:44 remaining. Meager and Thompson then traded goals before the Red Dragons opened up a 14-11 lead with a three-goal run in 1:21. Brockport pulled to within 14-13 at the 3:30 mark with back-to-back free-position goals, two of its seven in the game.

The Golden Eagles won the ensuing draw control, but Casey made her clutch save on Brockport senior Andrew Zlinsky, who was all alone on the right side. Just over a minute later, Yonge made it a 15-13 score, and Gonzalez added her goal with three seconds on the clock after Meager forced a late turnover and secured the ground ball for the 16-13 final.

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