The lacrosse team proved it was able to compete against another nationally-ranked team on Saturday as it crushed the No. 15 Red Dragons of SUNY-Cortland in a 16-4 victory. The loss snapped Cortland’s 30-game home winning streak. The Lions were the last team to beat the Red Dragons at home in 2004.
“The Cortland game is always a highly competitive and challenging game,” head coach Sharon Pfluger said. “The team was very focused the entire game and stuck to the game plan. It was a total team effort.”
The win extended the No. 5 College’s perfect season another game, leaving it with a 3-0 record.
The Red Dragons were quick to attack, scoring their first goal 46 seconds into the competition. The Lions tied the score 24 seconds later with a goal from senior forward Karen Doane. Doane brought the Lions ahead a few minutes later with her second goal of the game.
The Lions led Cortland 10-3 going into the second half.
Sophomore Angela Wilmer opened the scoring in the second half for the Lions, netting her second goal of the game.
Cortland responded offensively less than a minute later, netting its one and only goal of the second half. The Lions netted the final five goals of the game to complete the victorious effort.
Senior goalkeeper Caitlin Gregory made six saves for the Lions.
Doane scored four times. She leads the team in scoring this season with 10 goals.
Freshman midfielder Alison Jaeger had her breakout game of the season against Cortland. She scored four goals, three of which came in the first half and the last of which happened on a free-position shot with less than a minute in the game.
Yesterday, the 3-0 Lions returned to the College for their home opener against the Eastern University Eagles. Pfluger was looking forward to the opportunity to play on home turf.
“I think it will be nice to play home after having three straight away games,” Pfluger said. “It is great to play on our home field and have more of our supportive fans at the game.”