TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Former Section 10 standouts played lead roles for the SUNY Potsdam softball team on Monday as the Lady Bears posted a pair of non-league wins.
Now more than halfway through a challenging preseason trip to Florida, the Lady Bears improved to 5-1 with the sweep.
Potsdam 3, Rainy River 0: In the first game of the day for Potsdam, Heuvelton product Megan Johnson only faced two batters over the limit in tossing a complete-game one-hitter to earn the win in her 2013 season debut. Johnson finished with five strikeouts and allowed just one walk to account for the lone other baserunner.
The St. Lawrence Central duo of Molly McCuin and Ashley Thayer combined with Alexis Lerman to spark the winning offense as Potsdam made the most of its six hits against losing pitcher Oashaja Dobie (11K, 3BB). McCuin went 2-3 and came around to score runs in the second and sixth innings in front of RBI-singles by Lerman. Thayer scored the other run of the game in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Amanda Perry. Johnson also singled in the winning effort along with Brittany Thivierge. Lerman also stole three bases while Heather Johnson, who drew a pair of walks, and Thayer each notched a pair.
Kristen Cruickshank singled to account for the lone Rainy River hit.
Posdam 7, Elgin 2: In the second contest, the Bears downed Elgin under the lights. The Spartans struck first in the second inning with a two run shot up the middle. Freshman Samantha Cohn (Harris, N.Y.) answered in the bottom of the inning with a single to bring in McCuin. The freshman continued the momentum in the next inning with a single to left field to give Potsdam the 3-2 advantage. Lerman would add to the lead with a rip up the middle to drive in two more runs. Thivierge) capped off the Potsdam scoring in the fourth inning bringing in senior captain Heather Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y.)).
Cohn concluded two for three with one run and two RBI. Lerman followed suit with two RBIs of her own. Freshman Jordan Sarat (Caledonia, N.Y.) went six innings on the mounds, recording two strikeouts and allowing five hits. Thayer came in to relieve the freshman in the final inning and finished with one strikeout.
The Lady Bears continue their Florida trip with a pair of games today against Purchase College at 9 a.m. and then against Elgin College at 11 a.m.
CANTON LAXWOMEN FALL
The SUNY Canton womens lacrosse team saw their two-game winning streak snapped by Oswego State as the Lakers handed the Roos a 17-6 loss in Canton on Monday.
Junior Brooke Knight (Madrid, N.Y.) scored three goals to lead the Roos attack. Freshman Keeley Rice (Potsdam, N.Y.) had two goals and a team-high six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Sophomore Tressa Goolden (Canton, N.Y.) contributed one goal and two assists along with two ground balls, and freshman Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) made 10 saves and had four ground balls for SUNY Canton (2-3).
The Lakers (3-2) scored the first four goals of the game and Knight stopped the run scoring her first goal on a free position shot with 20:10 left in the opening half. Oswego scored twice more to open a 6-1 lead, but the Roos fought back and scored two man-down goals 23 seconds apart. Knight scored off a nice feed from Goolden with 5:57 remaining, and then Goolden scored on a free position to close the gap to three goals, 6-3. Oswego then pumped in three straight before Rice scored from Goolden with 39 seconds left, and Oswego took a 9-4 lead into halftime.
Knight scored her third and final goal 1:50 into the second half, but Oswego went on another strong run with three unanswered. Rice scored her second goal unassisted with 20:22 on the clock, and Oswego closed the game scoring the final five goals.
The Roos generated 22 shots in the game and had 25 ground balls, and they also forced Oswego into 25 turnovers.
Errannan Shattuck had four goals and one assist to lead Oswego. Mackenzie Kjerstad added three goals, and Nikki Greco and Lauren Marois combined for 11 saves in goal.
The Roos hit the road for their next game when they travel to Utica to face SUNYIT on Wednesday.