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Women's lacrosse enters postseason with high hopes

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Tue, Apr 30th 2019 03:00 pm
Senior midfielder Victoria Thompson fires a shot on goal in the loss to Geneseo.
Senior midfielder Victoria Thompson fires a shot on goal in the loss to Geneseo.
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Amidst the end of a monumental regular season, this past weekend The College at Brockport women’s lacrosse team offered fans a nail-biting thriller that lasted until the very last second of the matchup. Against its luck, Brockport’s regular season closer began its first losing streak and scrapped its ticket to an automatic place in the SUNYAC tournament semis. 

Prior to the final week of April, the Golden Eagles stretched to an invincible streak of seven wins which was broken by a loss to current SUNYAC leader, Geneseo. The team followed that defeat by dismantling New Paltz in a 17-8 victory, similar in fashion to its results against the rest of the league. However, Brockport’s bright run of form was quickly halted by St. John Fisher on Wednesday, April 24, when the nationally ranked powerhouse took down Brockport in a final scoreline of 14-5.  

Brockport did not see a drop in the SUNYAC standings from its loss to St. John Fisher, as the game was non-conference. Despite that, the loss marked Brockport’s largest marginal defeat since March 20, where it fell to Ithaca by the same amount of goals. The drop in momentum came before one of the season’s most important games against Cortland.  

The clash between Brockport and its archrival took place on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. The two sides came into the match with an equal conference record of 7—1 and an equal opportunity to claim an automatic jump into the semifinals of the 2019 SUNYAC tournament. Brockport and Cortland also shared the same conference loss, as the two were defeated by Geneseo earlier in the season. The teams’ seasons were almost identical ahead of play on Saturday, but there could only be one winner. 

Following the opening faceoff, Brockport’s loss of footing against St. John Fisher was nonexistent as the team went on to score three after five minutes of play. The head start by Brockport was cut short by Cortland after it retaliated and scored two in succession. The back and forth action continued on for the entirety of the first period, however, Brockport edged Cortland out for a 6-5 lead as the two headed into halftime. The green and gold’s advantage was propelled by goals from senior midfielder Jade Williams and senior midfielder Victoria Thompson. 

The intensity rose in the second period as the similarity in play between Brockport and Cortland came into full display. The teams traded goals for the entire period, but Brockport remained in the lead during the fight. Despite holding off Cortland for majority of the contest, the Red Dragons claimed the lead with three minutes to go. One minute later, Brockport answered back with a goal from Williams to complete her hat-trick. With less than 10 seconds away from the game-ending buzzer and probable overtime, Cortland scored a hail mary to win the game and break Brockport hearts in the dying seconds of the match. 

In the final score of 14-13 in favor of Cortland, Brockport lowered its overall program record against the Red Dragons to 1—24 and earned third place in the conference standings. 

While the loss against the Red Dragons adds salt to the wound, the Golden Eagles are looking forward to facing the rival during the postseason rounds. 

“If there was ever a team at Brockport to beat Cortland, this is the team,” Williams said. “It [The SUNYAC tournament] is the perfect timing.” 

After surrendering second place in the SUNYACs, which came with a ticket to the semifinals of the tournament, Brockport will have to get past New Paltz during the first stage of the postseason in order to have a chance of progressing through the competition. 

“At this point it’s win or go home,” senior attacker Sara Grapevine said. “Nothing is guaranteed, we will be taking it one game at a time.”

In the previous four years, Cortland has eliminated Brockport from postseason play, with three of the occasions being in the SUNYAC finals. If Brockport plays its cards right, the team will have the opportunity to take revenge against the the Red Dragons and claim the conference title, and if so, at the perfect time.

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