Second-half surge carries Brockport over Devils

Brockport scored the first six goals of the second half on its way to a 13-5 SUNYAC women’s lacrosse win over Fredonia State in a matchup of nationally ranked teams at University Stadium.

“We played a lot of defense in the second half,” Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said. “We had opportunities to win draws and we didn’t do it and we got stops on defense and there were chances to pick up ground balls and we didn’t do it. Or we failed to transition the ball. We turned the ball over a lot in transition. And those are the things that kill you in big games. And when you’re playing a good team, you can’t do that.”

Makensie Schuber and Kelly Wall had four goals each while Nina Tassone and Hailey Boronczyk had two each for the No. 19 Golden Eagles, who improved to 4-3 in the SUNYAC and 10-4 overall.

“We do have a playoff spot,” Case said. “So we’ll have to just work at and go from there. Part of it was we were missing our best player (Katie Kleine).”

Marissa Cussins had four goals and five draw controls for the No. 20 Blue Devils, who were held to their lowest scoring output of the season. The Blue Devils fell to 11-4 on the year and 5-2 in the conference.

“We came out of our defense in the second half because we were trailing and tried to force the issue, which we normally wouldn’t do,” Case said. “It gave (Brockport) all kinds of good looks. Yeah, we lost by eight, but that’s because we weren’t going to sit back. We were going to go for it.”

Fredonia State controlled the action in the early going. Goals by Cussins staked her team to a 2-0 lead before Boronczyk scored directly off a Blue Devil turnover into an empty net with 9:36 left in the first half. That broke the seal on the Brockport offense as Schuber and Wall scored goals in a span of under two minutes for a 3-2 Golden Eagle advantage. The Blue Devils drew even, 3-3, on a goal by Emily Polizzi with :06 seconds left in the first half.

“We struggled on the offensive side,” Case said. “We missed some shots early and got their goalie into it. And if she has a good game and gets off to a good start, she normally plays well.”

Brockport wasted little time gaining the upper hand in the second half. Alyssa Scordo scored with 28:33 remaining, the start of the decisive 6-0 run. When Cussins finally broke the string, there was just 10:40 remaining and the Blue Devils trailed 9-4.

“Brockport has a really good defense,” Case said. “And we struggled to solve their defense (Tuesday). We have to figure that out as we move forward.”

Brockport goalkeeper Remle Harr was credited with nine saves while two Blue Devil goalkeepers combined to make seven saves.

Fredonia State closes out its regular season 1 p.m. Saturday against Cortland, currently ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III by the IWLCA.

“If we lose on Saturday and Brockport wins, I believe we drop to the No. 4 seed,” Case said. “And we’ll have to play in the play-in game. If Brockport loses on Friday, we’ll clinch the three seed.”