When Cortland goalie Jaclyn Beshlian wasn't making saves, she paced back and forth in the crease as if she were trapped inside the chalk semicircle.
But when the final buzzer made Cortland a national champion in women's lacrosse Sunday at PPL Park, Beshlian raised her stick in the air and sprinted toward her teammates, who mobbed her from all angles. Behind eight Beshlian saves and an unrelenting attack, Cortland beat Trinity, 17-6, to capture the first NCAA Division III title in program history.
Trinity had ended the Red Dragons' season with a loss in the last three years, but this time Cortland (22-1) flipped the script.
"I think it being in the finals made it that much better," said Emma Hayes-Hurley, who recorded four points for Cortland. "The revenge made it that much sweeter."
Cortland knew Beshlian was dialed in before the game even started, when coach Kelly Lickert-Orr went scoreless on several warm-up shots.
"That's never happened," Lickert-Orr said.
Then Cortland used Beshlian's play as a springboard, taking an 8-2 lead into halftime before burying the Bantams (21-2) with a nine-goal second half.
And as the final seconds ran off the clock, it was only right to bring the celebration to the steadfast sophomore goalie.
"I was just trying not to fall," Beshlian said of the seconds after the game. "It's such a great feeling."