October 25, 2021

Women’s Lacrosse: Tortorici gives Dragon women OT victory

Bob Ellis/staff photographer

Kristen Ohberg, of SUNY Cortland, fires in her second goal of the game Tuesday as she gets past Nazareth defender Nicole DeVona and goalie Brianna Rizzari.

Senior Nicolette Tortorici scored with 58 seconds remaining in overtime as the nationally ninth-ranked Cortland women’s lacrosse team defeated Nazareth 13-12 Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action delayed 30 minutes by lightning at the Stadium Complex.

The Red Dragons improved to 6-2 with the win, while the Golden Flyers fell to 5-4.

Senior Kristen Ohberg led Cortland with six points on five goals and one assist and moved into second place in career scoring as a Red Dragon with 333 points. Senior Makenzie Annable, junior Katie Wolfe and freshman Lexie Meager each tallied two goals and one assist. Tortorici finished with two goals, and junior Hannah Elmer added two assists.

Senior goalie Jaclyn Beshlian registered 10 saves for the Red Dragons. Tortorici win eight draw controls and collected three ground balls, Wolfe secured five draws and Meager caused two turnovers.

Senior Jamie Martin paced Nazareth with four goals. Junior Haley DeVona netted three goals, and senior Nicole DeVona scored twice. Senior Kate Rothrock tallied one goal and two assists, senior Gabbie Charles contributed one goal and one assist and freshman Bridget Collins added a goal.

Sophomore goalie Brianna Rizzari stopped 10 shots and caused two turnovers for the Golden Flyers. Senior Leah Marvin (Newark) won four draws, while Nicole DeVona scooped up four ground balls.

The first half was a back-and-forth game with neither team taking more than a two goal lead when Cortland had a 7-5 advantage at the 13:28 mark. Nazareth evened the score at 7-7 before Ohberg’s goal at 20 seconds gave Cortland an 8-7 lead at the break.

Meager connected for back-to-back goals to open the second half to make it a 10-7 game, but the Golden Flyers scored three of the next four goals to pull to within 11-10 with 13 minutes left in regulation. Ohberg’s fifth goal of the game pushed the Cortland lead to 12-10 at 10:53. Charles cut it to 12-11 at 7:50, and Nicole DeVona scored the equalizer with 34 seconds left after Cortland turned the ball over in its offensive end. The Red Dragons had a final chance to secure the win in regulation, but Rizzari denied a free-position shot by Ohberg with one second remaining.

Nazareth won the draw to open the first three-minute half of overtime and had possession the entire time, taking five
shots with Beshlian making two saves. Tortorici controlled the draw to start the second three-minute half of OT. The Red Dragons kept possession until Tortorici made a run toward the cage on the right side and snuck a shot past Rizzari to clinch the win.