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Fourth-Ranked Cortland State Earns 17-7 Women's Lacrosse Final over Jumbos at Bello
|Emily Wright won eight draw controls for the Jumbos
MEDFORD - Sophomore Erica Geremia scored four goals with two assists to lead the visiting Cortland State women's lacrosse team to a 17-7 non-conference win at Tufts on a damp, chilly afternoon at Bello Field Wednesday.
The #4 Red Dragons improved to 3-0 with their third victory by 10 goals or more early this spring. Senior Taylor Reh and sophomore Ashley Gentile both scored three times for the winners.
Tufts saw a two-game winning streak end as they dropped to 2-2. The Jumbos were led by three goals and an assist from sophomore Caroline Ross.
Tufts' first-year head coach Courtney Farrell was facing the team whom she left to take the Jumbo job. She was hired in May 2013 after three years at Cortland, serving as the associate head coach last spring.
The Jumbos got the first goal of the game by senior Gabby Horner at 26:19 of the first half, but it would be their only lead. Gentile scored two of four straight goals by the Red Dragons for a 4-1 advantage with 19:39 remaining in the first half.
After Ross netted her first of the game on a free-position shot for Tufts, Geremia led another four-goal run by Cortland with a goal and an assist. That pushed their lead out to 8-2 with 6:57 to go until halftime. The visitors led 9-3 at the break.
Tufts out-shot Cortland 19-15 in the first half, but the Red Dragons also had a strong performance defensively. Sophomore goalie Liz Ingalls stopped six first-half shots and the Cortland defense allowed just nine of the 19 shots on goal.
The Jumbos also had advantages in ground balls (8-5) and draw controls (9-4) in the first half, but Cortland was efficient offensively scoring on nine of the 11 shots they put on net. Two of their talies came while a Tufts player was off the field due to a yellow card.
More of the same would follow in the second half. After the teams traded goals early, Cortland ran off four straight started by two from Geremia to lead 14-4. Ross and junior Kali Digate answered to get Tufts out of running time, but Gentile and Tara Monaghan put Cortland back in it with scores 10 seconds apart making it 16-6. The teams traded goals in the final minutes for the 17-7 final.
Tufts ended up out-shooting Cortland 32-29, winning ground balls 16-11 and taking draw controls 16-11 as well. However, Ingalls finished with 13 saves in the Cortland goal and the Red Dragons would score on 59 percent of their shot attempts.
Ten players overall scored for Cortland, including Marilyn Farrell with a goal and three assists. She is Tufts coach Courtney Farrell's younger sister. Monaghan controlled three draws for the Red Dragons and Heather Casey caused two turnovers.
Digate and Horner both scored a pair of goals for Tufts. Emily Wright was dominant on draws with eight controls. She also caused three turnovers and grabbed three ground balls. Rachel Gallimore made five saves in nearly 49 minutes of action in goal for Tufts.
Cortland travels to Washington, DC to play at Catholic on Saturday at 1 pm. The Jumbos return to NESCAC play at Colby on Saturday also at 1.