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Clarkson, SUNY Potsdam men’s lacrosse teams suffer one-goal losses

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POTSDAM - The Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam men’s lacrosse team both came up one goal short on the road to non-league rivals on Wednesday.

CLARKSON FALLS IN OT

In a tight defensive game from start to finish, the Clarkson men were thrwarted in their bid for an upset win on the road, suffering an 8-7 non-league loss in overtime at 18th-ranked SUNY Plattsburgh.

The Golden Knights, who dropped their second straight to a nationally-ranked team, own a 4-3 overall record. The Green and Gold, who stand at 0-1 in Liberty League play, resume conference action on Saturday when they play Rensselaer in a 1:00 p.m. game in Troy, NY.

In a game which saw only one lead of more than one goal, Plattsburgh (8-1) pulled out the overtime victory on its home field when Brett McClelland scored on a low shot through traffic with 1:51 left in the four-minute sudden-victory extra session.

The Cardinals and Knights traded two goals apiece for a 2-2 tie after the opening 15 minutes. Plattsburgh began the second quarter scoring its third goal, but Clarkson answered back with scores by sophomore Jack Dowst (Weare, NH) and senior Brendon Shearin (Goffstown, NH) to take a 4-3 lead into the half.

Plattsburgh went on a three-goal run in the third quarter to take the biggest lead of the game, 6-4 through 45 minutes of play.

The Knights outscored the home team 3-1 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Sophomore Mark Nortz (Lowville, NY) and classmate Corey Herrington (Camillus, NY) scored the first goals in the quarter to tie the game 6-6 with 5:24 left to play in regulation.

After the Cardinals’ Tim Lawrence tallied with 3:26 remaining to give Plattsburgh a 7-6 edge, the Knights came right back with Shearin’s second goal of the game to tie the contest for the sixth time with 2:45 left in the fourth.

Nortz also scored two goals and added one assist to lead the Knights offensively. Senior Jeff Sciera (DeWitt, NY) scored a first-quarter goal for Clarkson.

Plattsburgh held a decided advantage in shots, 45-25, but senior Ryan Cole (Orchard Park, NY) put in another strong game in the Clarkson goal with a 14-save effort.

The Knight held a 26-19 advantage in ground balls. Sophomore Dylan Broomfield (Clinton, NY) was solid on faceoffs, winning 14-of-18 draws, and also picked up a game-high eight ground balls.

POTSDAM DENIED BY KEAN

In Union, New Jersey, the Bears (3-2) fell on the short side of an 11-10 decision to Kean University after rallying from a 6-3 halftime deficit to tie the game in the third quarter.

Sean Bobal scored a game-high five goals for the hosts while senior midfielder Pat Morrill (Webster, N.Y.) led the Bears with three goals.

The Cougars jumped out to a 3-0 lead, by the 6:38 mark. Senior midfielder Pat Morrill (Webster, N.Y.) got Potsdam on the board at 5:09 with an unassisted tally. Just over a minute later, junior captain Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y.) fed freshman attackman Ed Doherty (Amherst, N.Y.) to make it a 3-2 contest. Kean scored the next two and took a 5-2 advantage into the first break.

Bobal buried his third of the game four minutes into the second quarter, but freshman Pat Bonafede (Churchville, N.Y.) answered for the Bears at 8:45 to close the gap to 6-3. Potsdam held the edge in play for the rest of the period, but the score remained the same at the half.

Freshman midfielder Matt Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) scored his first career goal 1:56 into the third quarter and the Potsdam offense started to roll. After Kean’s Richard Cheifitz third tally of the game put the Cougars back in front by three, Bears scored the next four to grab an

8-7 lead. Junior midfielder Jared Flath (Dexter, N.Y.) set up senior attackman Kyle Nicholas (Syracuse, N.Y.) at 9:57.

Morrill notched his second at 8:09 and Flath fed up Kunz to tie game 54 seconds later. At the 4:35 mark, Morrill completed his hat trick to give the Bears their only lead of the contest. The advantage lasted just over four minutes as Bobal buried his fourth with 30 seconds left in the quarter and the teams were tied at 8-8 after 45 minutes.

Good pressure from the Cougar offense resulted in Bobal’s fifth score at the 10:02 mark of the final quarter. Brad Mills added a man-up goal at

8:26 to put Kean up 10-8. Junior attackman Kevin Logan (Brasher Falls, N.Y.) got Potsdam back within one at 5:25 and senior captain Brady Fremont (Syracuse, N.Y.) set up Doherty’s second less than two minutes later to tie the game again. However, Mills scored again for the decisive marker with just 1:37 on the clock. The Bears had a final chance to tie the score with five ticks left, but the shot whistled wide and time ran out.

In goal, Potsdam senior captain Stefan Sloma (Niskayuna, N.Y.) stopped 13 shots in another strong showing. Cougar Dino Vitale made seven saves for the victory. Kean outshot the Bears 41-35 and won 18 faceoffs to Potsdam’s six.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Castleton State to take on the Spartans at noon.

CANTON LAXWOMEN PREVAIL

The SUNY Canton women’s lacrosse team overcame a slow start to race past SUNYIT 17-8 in Utica.

The Roos improved to 3-3 overall, as they’ve won three out of their last four games. Wednesday’s scoring output was a season-high for SUNY Canton, who dominated the Wildcats in shots (41-15) and ground balls (26-12).

SUNYIT got off to a fast start opening a 3-0 lead over the first five minutes of the game. But the trio of sophomore Tressa Goolden (Canton, N.Y.) and freshmen Keeley Rice (Potsdam, N.Y.) and Megan Poupore (Massena, N.Y.) got the Roos back on track as they combined to score the next four goals, as Poupore scored twice bookending goals by Rice and Goolden to push the Roos ahead 4-3. The Wildcats got one back and tied the game 4-4 with 5:18 remaining in the half, but the trio came up big again as Poupore scored from junior Brooke Knight (Madrid, N.Y.), Goolden tossed in two goals off assists from Poupore and Rice, and Rice scored unassisted with 10 seconds left giving SUNY Canton an 8-4 lead at halftime.

The Roos reeled off four straight goals from freshman Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, Ontario), Rice, Knight, and Goolden over the first seven minutes of the second half to stretch their advantage to 12-4. SUNYIT stopped the run with a goal with 18:58 left in regulation, but SUNY Canton responded again with three straight scores to lead 15-5 with 10:18 on the clock. Sophomore Devyn Hutcheson (Oswego, N.Y.) scored the Roos final two goals a minute apart late in the half for the final score.

Rice finished with four goals and three assists for her second seven-point game in the last three contests. Goolden fired in four goals with one assist. Poupore netted three goals and had two assists. Knight ended the day with two goals and two assists, and senior Brittani Bessette (Canton, N.Y.) contributed a goal and an assist.

Freshman Kelsey Murray (West Monroe, N.Y.) scooped up a team-high four ground balls. Knight, Goolden, and junior Caty Darling (Oswego, N.Y.) added three ground balls apiece, and freshman Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) made six saves in goal to earn the victory.

Laura Tolbert scored four goals to lead SUNYIT while Heuvelton’s Jenna Lashua added two goals and Aubrey Campbell made 16 saves.

The Roos return home this Friday to face Morrisville State College at 4 p.m.

POTSDAM SOFTBALL SWEPT

The SUNY Potsdam softball team concluded their spring break trip to Florida with two exhibition losses to Prairie State (IL) Wednesday morning in Titusville. The Bears close out the trip with a 5-1 record going into SUNYAC play.

The Pioneers would edge Potsdam 2-0 in the first game of the day. Both teams struggled to generate offense throughout the entire contest. Prairie State would strike first in the fourth inning off of an error to notch the game at 1-0. The Bears threatened to score in the top of the sixth with a runner in scoring position but the Pioneers denied the opportunity.

Prairie State increased their lead in the bottom of the inning with another unearned run to secure the 2-0 shutout.

Senior captain Heather Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y.) led the Bears going two for three and recording a stolen base. Freshman pitcher Jordan Sarat (Caledonia, N.Y.) allowed four hits in five innings pitched and tallied two strikeouts. Junior Megan Johnson (Heuvelton, N.Y.) pitched one inning of relief and finished with one strikeout.

In the second contest, Prairie State downed Potsdam by a score of 15-5.

The Pioneers would jump on the Bears early with two runs in the first inning. Senior Amanda Perry (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) answered in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly to drive in junior Ashley Thayer (Winthrop, N.Y.). Shortly after, Thayer and H. Johnson recorded RBIs in the second inning to give Potsdam a 3-2 advantage.

However, the Pioneers totaled five runs in three innings to reclaim a 7-3 lead. Perry looked to spark the Bears with another RBI in the fifth but Prairie State was able to stop the momentum. The Pioneers continued to roll adding two more runs in the top of the sixth to extend the lead to 9-4. Junior Khalshia White (Saint Regis Falls, N.Y.) would try to regain some momentum in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot over the left center fence. Yet, Prairie State maintained their offensive barrage and cruised to a 15-5 decision.

Perry finished one for three with two RBIs and a double. Thayer allowed eight hits in four innings pitched and recorded three strikeouts. Freshman Carina Chirinko (Fairport, N.Y.) and M. Johnson each saw one inning of action on the mound.

The Bears return to New York to open up SUNYAC play on Friday and Saturday on the road against Brockport and Geneseo.

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