OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s lacrosse team was not able to match the firepower from No. 3-ranked Cortland, as the Lakers (1-3, 0-1 SUNYAC) dropped their conference and home opener to the Red Dragons (7-1, 1-0) by the score of 19-6. Cortland scored eight of the first nine goals and never looked back.
Marilyn Farrell assisted goals by Gina Campese and Lindsay Abbott in the first two minutes for the Red Dragons before senior Kelly Collins (Fairport, N.Y.) put Oswego State on the scoreboard.
However, Abbott registered three straight Cortland goals, as part of a 6-0 run to put the Red Dragons in control at 8-1 with under 16 minutes to play in the half.
Rachael Raffa (Sr., Kings Park, N.Y.) posted the first of four goals on the day on a free position shot with 1:516 to play in the stanza, as the Lakers had a player advantage due to a Cortland yellow card. The Red Dragons answered seven minutes later with a man-up goal of their own from the stick of Maria Di Fato following an Oswego State yellow card.
Raffa scored again with 4:45 remaining in the first. but Cortland tallied the final two goals of the half to give the visitors an 11-3 at halftime.
The Red Dragons opened the second half on a 6-0 run before Danielle Citro (Jr., Miller Place, N.Y.) assisted markers by Raffa and Erin Cummings (Sr., Valley Cottage, N.Y.). Raffa added another man-up goal late in the frame with an assist going to Cummings, but Cortland’s Taylor Reh scored the final goal of the game for the win.
The Red Dragon defense caused seven of Oswego State’s 17 turnovers, while the Lakers edged out the visitors in draw controls, 14-13, as Collins won nine.
Lauren Marois (Jr., Clifton Park, N.Y.) was credited with the loss after surrendering eight goals and making five saves in 14:06. Ashlee Engel (Jr., Webster, N.Y.) stopped 10 shots and gave up nine goals in 34:49 before Nicole Nalle (Sr., Oswego, N.Y.) closed out the game with one save and two goals in the final 11:05.
Shauna Hutchinson posted five saves and allowed six goals in the win for Cortland, while Courtney Morgan saw shots on goal in the final five minutes.
Oswego State looks to get back on track on Tuesday when it host Buffalo State in a 4 p.m. conference tilt.