The St. Lawrence University women's lacrosse team saw its three-game win streak come to an end on Thursday evening, as nationally-ranked No. 3 Cortland State earned a 15-5 win at Hall-Leet Stadium in Canton, NY. Cortland State was led by Erica Geremia's nine-point effort (1g,8a), while Liz Ingalls picked up the win in net with 12 saves.
The Saints (3-2) played well throughout the game and owned the majority of possession in the first half. They were outshot 29-21 by the Red Dragons (4-1), but finished with a 17-16 lead in ground balls and a 13-9 edge in draw controls. St. Lawrence senior captain Brigid Hurley led her team with a pair of goals, while co-captain Holly Noyes contributed a goal, seven draw controls and four ground balls.
"I thought we played very well and hung around with one of the best all-around teams in the country," said St. Lawrence head coach Jodi Canfield. "We had chances early to take the lead and simply couldn't capitalize. I think we'll take some positives from this game into tomorrow against Potsdam State."
St. Lawrence controlled the possession for nearly the first 6:00 minutes of the game, forcing four Cortland State turnovers in transition and racking up some good bids in front of Ingalls' goal. However, the Red Dragons' goaltending and defense would allow their offense time to get going, as they tallied three goals in a span of 4:08 for a 3-0 lead. Liz Beville scored the opening two, while Marily Farrell made it 3-0.
Geremia would continue to hurt the Saints on centering passes from behind goaltender Adden Cunningham, finding her teammates cutting to the net for quality chances. Emma Hayes-Hurley scored back-to-back goals, while Bello took a feed from Geremia and finished for a 6-0 cushion with 6:49 left in the first half. Though Noyes would get St. Lawrence on the scoreboard, Tara Monaghan's goal with 1:15 left capped the scoring at 7-1 in favor of the visitors.
Hurley gave the Scarlet and Brown life early in the second stanza, scoring an unassisted goal only 3:45 into the period to make it 7-2. With the lead at 9-3 following a Saints' goal by co-captain Joey Kelley, Cortland would respond with a five-goal run to put the game away. Monaghan, Farrell (2), Geremia and Taylor Harney all scored, with Geremia picking up three more assists for a 14-3 Red Dragon lead.
Hurley and rookie Michaela Maybee would cap St. Lawrence's scoring, while Harney added her second goal for the final of 15-5.
First-year student Hannah Calvelli had the lone assist for St. Lawrence, while Cunningham made eight saves in the loss. Jessica Lavelle was outstanding on defense for the visitors, causing five turnovers and adding four ground balls, while Regina Rogers paced the Saints with four caused turnovers.
St. Lawrence will be in action again tomorrow, Friday, March 22 when they host Potsdam State at 4:00pm.