Women's Lacrosse Ends Cortland's 83-Game Home Winning Streak, 13-11

Recap courtesy of SUNY Cortland

CORTLAND, N.Y. – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team ended ninth-ranked Cortland's 83-game home win streak on Sunday afternoon with a 13-11 victory over the Red Dragons at the Stadium Complex. 

Cecily Freliech won four draw controls for Tufts

The Jumbos opened up a 6-0 lead late in the first half and held off a Cortland comeback. Tufts improved to 6-4 with the win. The Red Dragons, who fell to 7-3, had not lost at home since March 23, 2010 in an 8-7 defeat to Hamilton College.

Senior Kate Mackin led Tufts with five goals. Freshman Emily Games contributed two goals and two assists. Freshman Lily Baldwin tallied two goals and one assist, sophomore Annie Sullivan notched two goals, and junior Taylor Meek and sophomore Cecily Freliech each chipped in with a goal.

Jumbo sophomore goalie Audrey Evers made five saves, all in the opening half. Freliech secured four draws, and sophomore Megan Toner collected five ground balls. Tufts head coach Courtney Shute is a former assistant coach at Cortland.

Junior Hannah Elmer led the hosts with six points on three goals and three assists. Senior Makenzie Annable tallied two goals and one assist, and senior Nicolette Tortorici and freshman Lexie Meager also netted two goals. Senior Kristen Ohberg recorded one goal and two assists and sophomore Carly Stone chipped in with one goal and one assist.

Senior goalie Jaclyn Beshlian turned aside 10 shots for Cortland. Tortorici won four draw controls, caused two turnovers and collected two ground balls, and senior Laura Messer scooped up two ground balls.

Mackin scored the first three goals of the game and added another as Tufts took its 6-0 lead. Elmer recorded a goal and two assists as Cortland closed the half with three goals in a 1:25 span to pull to within 6-3 at the break.

The Red Dragons then scored four of the first five goals of the second half, two by Tortorici, to pull even at 7-7 with 20:24 on the clock. However, the Jumbos regained the lead for good by netting three of the next four goals for a 10-8 advantage with 13:07 to play. Sullivan scored back-to-back goals two minutes apart.

Cortland cut its deficit to one goal three times and trailed 12-11 with 7:21 on the clock. Tufts made it a 13-11 score with Meek's goal at 4:42 and was able to gain possession late and run out the clock to seal the win.

The Jumbos are home for four of their next five games starting Wednesday in non-league action versus Keene State. Cortland hosts Potsdam on Tuesday at 4 p.m.