Catholic’s NCAA Tournament Run Ends at No. 1 Cortland

Catholic’s NCAA Tournament Run Ends at No. 1 Cortland

Cortland, N.Y. – The Catholic University of America women's lacrosse team saw its eight-game win streak and national tournament run come to an end at No. 1 Cortland in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon.

Cortland took the win, 18-2, and improved to 21-0 on the season to extended its home winning streak to 78-consecutive games and overall winning streak to 40-straight games. Cortland advances to the national semifinals for the sixth season in a row.

Juniors Emily Merkel and All-American Alexis Bosilovic each notched a goal for the Cardinals with junior Clair Schmitzer recording an assist.

Freshman goalie Christina De Cesaris made 11 saves for Catholic, while Schmitzer scooped up a game-high five ground balls.

Cortland jumped out to a 4-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game and made it an 8-0 score at 9:57 of the first half. Merkel put the Cardinals on the scoreboard at 6:44 off Schmitzer's assist, but Cortland answered to go up, 9-1, at the half.

The second half played out much like the first 30 minutes with the Red Dragons tallying four goals in less than seven minutes. Cortland followed with four more goals from four different scorers to make it a 17-1 game with 8:27 remaining.

Bosilovic ended the run with a free-position goal at 5:50 but Cortland completed the scoring with 16 seconds on the clock for the 18-2 final.