POTSDAM, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam women's lacrosse team (4-9, 1-6 SUNYAC) fell to the No. 4 SUNY Cortland Red Dragons 22-3 in a conference battle on Tuesday afternoon. Freshman attacker Erica Geremia led the Red Dragons with a game-high seven points (5g 2a). The Bears saw goals from senior Whitney Boshart, sophomore Emily Petit and junior Michelle Varney on the day.
In the first half, the Red Dragons got off to a strong start with five unanswered goals. Geremia led the opening run with two goals and one assist. At 17:59, Boshart was fed from senior Denise Johns from behind the cage and found the back of the net to make the count 5-1. Cortland kept their composure and kept their offense rolling. After the Bears goal the Red Dragons went on an 8-0 scoring run led by Geremia again with another two goals and an assist. The streak ran to the end of the half and a 13-1 Cortland lead.
As the second half got underway, the Red Dragons continued to pour on the offense. Cortland opened the final period with a four-goal run. At 16:50, Varney was able to send one past Cortland goalie Liz Ingalls for the Bears second goal of the day, making the count 17-2. Cortland added two more goals before Potsdam was able to answer again. Petit drove from behind the net and into the middle for the Bears final tally of the day at 8:05. The Red Dragons added three more goals before the close of the game and cruised to the 22-3 victory.
Between the pipes for the Bears, junior goalie Jen Chmiel recorded three saves. Hutchinson made two saves in 30 minutes before she was replaced by freshman goalie Liz Ingalls who stopped another two shots.
The Red Dragons outshot the Bears 34-12 and bested Potsdam in ground balls (21-15) and draw controls (15-12).
The Bears will be back home this Saturday, April 27, for their final game of the season against the Buffalo State Bengals. The game is Potsdam's Senior Day and also the Bears' “Stick it to Cancer” contest. The teams will raise funds for the fight against cancer and honor the disease's victims and survivors.