No. 5 Women's Lacrosse Prepares For NCAA Clash With No. 22 Cortland Sunday - Tufts University (2024)

MEDFORD, MA (May 9, 2023) -- The No. 5 Tufts University women's lacrosse was selected as a first weekend host on Monday morning and will host No. 22 SUNY Cortland Sunday at noon in the 2023 Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament Second Round on Bello Field. Both Tufts and Cortland picked up one of the nation's 13 "Pool C" at-large bigs into the NCAA Tournament.

Championship Details:
2023 NCAA Tournament Second Round
vs. No. 22 SUNY Cortland (14-4) - Team Home Page
Dates: May 14, 2023
Location: Medford, MA – Bello Field (Directions)
Coverage: Live Stats - Live Video- NCAA Interactive Bracket

Tufts vs. Cortland All-Time

These two top programs nationally have met five times previously, with the Red Dragons holding a 4-1 edge over the Jumbos. The last time these teams met, Tufts earned its first win in the series in 2017 as the Jumbos ended Cortland's 83-game home winning streak. These teams have met once in the NCAA Tournament, as the Red Dragons bested Tufts 13-7 in the 2011 NCAA Second Round.

Series History

2017 - Tufts, 13-11 - Cortland, NY
2016 - Cortland, 18-10 - Medford, MA
2015 - Cortland, 14-8 - Cortland, NY
2014 - Cortland, 17-7 - Medford, MA
2011 - Cortland, 13-7 - Cortland, NY - NCAA Tournament

A Look at the Jumbos (14-4, 8-2 NESCAC)

Tufts University makes its eighth all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend, and its fifth consecutive trip into the playoffs under 10th year head coach Courtney Shute. Tufts has made the NCAA Final Four in each of the last three seasons, while finishing as the NCAA Runner-Up in 2021 and 2022.

The Jumbos are coming into the postseason after a spirited New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship defeat to No. 1 Middlebury College, as Tufts was within a goal late in the third quarter before falling to the top-ranked Panthers 19-13. Prior to that game, the Jumbos has rattled off five straight victories including ranked wins over No. 14 Williams College, No. 14 Amherst College and No. 4 Wesleyan University.

Offensively, the Jumbos have gotten another stellar season from sophom*ore standout and reigning Second Team All-American Margie Carden. Carden tallied 69 goals and 10 assists as a first-year in 2022, but has not let up this season with 58 goals and 12 assists in 18 games. Junior Emma Joyce has had a breakout season for the Jumbos, tallying 46 goals while adding a team-high16 assists for 62 points. Joyce is third in the conferencewith 102 draw controls, which is a program record.

Madeline Delaney has added 23 goals, 61 draw controls and 12 assists, while Caroline Walter has also scored 23 times in 2023. The Jumbos have eight players with double digit goals this season, as first-year Allie Zorn has tallied 22 times and Caroline Conaghan also has 19 goals and 11 assists.

Defensively, Kathryn Fernandopulle has come on strong at the end of the season as she has caused 18 turnovers on the season while adding a team-high 27 ground balls. Seniors Becca Gable and Mary Grace Reynolds have tallied a combined 36 ground balls between them, and Gable has a team-high 19 caused turnovers for the Jumbos.

In goal, the Jumbos have gotten a stellar season out of senior Courtney Kaufman, who is first in the conference in saves with 150 while her .490 save percentage is also tops in the NESCAC.

Tufts has protected the ball well this season, giving the ball away just 13.50 times per game, which ranked 19th best in the NCAA.

Head coach Courtney Shute comes into the postseason with 119 wins for her career, and has some history with the Red Dragons as Shute was an assistant at SUNY Cortland from 2010-2013 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in the Fall of 2012. She helped Cortland to a record of 62-6 in her three seasons on the sidelines at Cortland, as she got her Master's while at Cortland.

A Look At The Red Dragons (14-4, 9-0 SUNYAC)
Cortland comes into the weekend after seeing its 11-game winning streak come to an end in the SUNYAC Championship game, falling to SUNY Geneseo11-9. It was just third time in the 26-year history of the SUNYAC that the Red Dragons did not win the conference title and the first conference crown for Geneseo in program history.

The Red Dragons are making their 26th appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament and 22nd consecutive. Their best finish came in 2015 when they won a national championship under the direction of then head coach Kelly Orr as they defeated Trinity (CT), 17-6.

On the offensive side, Graduate Student Hannah Keechis the leading goal-scorer for the Red Dragons withscored 48 goals and along withfive assists for 53 points. Amy Hoeffnerhas posted a career-high in goals and points as she has 38 goals and 50 points. She leads the team in draw controls with 131 this season which ranks her 20th in the country in draw controls for an average of 7.28 per game.

Toni Cashmanis the teams leading point getter with 36 goals and 21 assists for 57 points. First-year Mackenzie Beck is another 30 goal scorer for the Red Dragons as she has 32. Cortland has eight players that have scored double digit goals this season as Lauren Hopsicker had added 26 goals and Rachel Janis has tallied 21.

Defensively, seven players have caused 10 or more turnovers as Amanda Squillini leads the team with 17. Hoeffner and Hopsicker have combined for 24 caused turnovers. Hoeffner also leads the team in ground balls with 33.

First-Year Margaret Morgan has started every game this season in net for the Cortland as she has the No. 1 goals against average in the conference only allowing 6.89 goals per game.

Cortland ranks inside the top 20 nationally in both Draw Control Percentage at 86 percent and Scoring Defense at 6.89.

The Red Dragons are coached by Kelsey Van Alstyne who is in her second year being the head coach at Cortland. She has amassed a 31-9 record in her two years being the head coach at Cortland. She also served as head coach at Buffalo St., SUNY Morrisville, and Slipper Rock and has an overall head coaching record of 99-63.

Players Mentioned

#27 Margie Carden

A
5' 2"
Sophom*ore

#28 Caroline Conaghan

M
5' 6"
Sophom*ore

#9 Madeline Delaney

M
5' 11"
Junior

#99 Kathryn Fernandopulle

D/M
5' 5"
Sophom*ore

#15 Becca Gable

D
5' 7"
Senior

#23 Emma Joyce

M
5' 5"
Junior

#0 Courtney Kaufman

G
5' 9"
Senior

#35 Mary Grace Reynolds

D
5' 9"
Senior

#5 Caroline Walter

A/M
5' 8"
Senior

#25 Allie Zorn

A
5' 7"
Freshman

Players Mentioned

#27 Margie Carden

5' 2"
Sophom*ore
A

#28 Caroline Conaghan

5' 6"
Sophom*ore
M

#9 Madeline Delaney

5' 11"
Junior
M

#99 Kathryn Fernandopulle

5' 5"
Sophom*ore
D/M

#15 Becca Gable

5' 7"
Senior
D

#23 Emma Joyce

5' 5"
Junior
M

#0 Courtney Kaufman

5' 9"
Senior
G

#35 Mary Grace Reynolds

5' 9"
Senior
D

#5 Caroline Walter

5' 8"
Senior
A/M

#25 Allie Zorn

5' 7"
Freshman
A
No. 5 Women's Lacrosse Prepares For NCAA Clash With No. 22 Cortland Sunday - Tufts University (2024)

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