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SUNY Potsdam laxwomen stun New Paltz; SLU holds off Clarkson

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POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam women’s lacrosse team made a dramatic conference debut on Tuesday, rallying to claim a 15-14 overtime decision at home over SUNY Paltz.

Sophomore midfielder Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y.) matched a career-high with five goals to lead the Bears (3-3, 1-0 SUNYAC), while sophomore midfielder Lianne Valdivia (Kingston, N.Y.) paced the Hawks (3-3, 0-2) with a game-high six points (3g-3a).

The Bears never led in regulation, but got a buzzer-beating goal from freshman attack Bri McClusky (Watertown, N.Y.) to reach the extra period. In overtime senior captains Whitney Boshart (Fort Drum, N.Y.) and Denise Johns (Marcellus, N.Y.) each scored to put Potsdam up by a goal. Junior goalie Jen Chmiel stopped a critical Hawk free position opportunity with just 39 seconds left and Potsdam ran out the clock. The victory extends the Bears winning-streak to three, their longest since 2010, and gets them back to .500.

Defense controlled the contest early, preventing the offenses from getting quality scoring chances through the first seven minutes. New Paltz senior attack Erin Tornatore (Glen Cove, N.Y.) opened the scoring at the 22:15 mark, but Wall evened the score two minutes later on a free position. The Hawks started a 7-1 run after two minutes, getting three goals from sophomore attack Kelsey Healy (Central Islip, N.Y.), two from Valdivia and one each from junior attack Talia Tesler (Rochester, N.Y.) and Tornatore. The 8-2 lead at the 15:48 mark was the Hawks largest of the game. Potsdam responded with three in a row over a six-minute span to close the gap to 8-5 with 2:23 remaining in the half.

Johns started the run and Wall capped it with two straight. With 1:14 remaining in the half, freshman attack Alexa Vitale (New Windsor, N.Y.) made it a 9-5 Hawk lead heading into the break.

The Bears started quickly in the final period, outscoring New Paltz 3-1 over the first four minutes. Sophomore attack Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y.) and McClusky cut the gap to 9-7 at 27:54. Wall’s fourth made it 10-8 less than a two minutes later. Healy and Valdivia scored the next two in succession to open up a 12-8 lead and put pressure on Potsdam’s offense. Again the Bears answered with a 5-1 run send the game to overtime. Sophomore midfielder Emily Petit (Queensbury, N.Y.) started the streak with a man-up goal with 19:37 remaining. Weigel, Boshart and Wall tallied the next three to pull Potsdam to within 13-12 with 1:31 left.

After a New Paltz turnover, McClusky muscled her way in front of the goal and fired. Hawk sophomore goalie Jackie Ulanoff (Northport, N.Y.) got a piece of the ball, but it rolled over the goal line as time expired.

Boshart gave Potsdam its first lead of the day just 40 seconds into the extra session, but Tesler tied the score at 1:56. Johns scored the eventual game-winner 40 seconds later. Tesler got another chance to tie the score with a free position, but Chmiel stuffed her low and scooped up the rebound.

Chmiel made 11 saves, including three in overtime, to earn her third career win. Ulanoff finished with eight stops for the Hawks.

New Paltz edged the Bears in shots (37-35) and draw controls (19-13), but the Potsdam picked up 34 ground balls to the Hawks 25.

The Bears are now 8-3 all-time against New Paltz.

Potsdam looks to extend its winning streak to four when it hosts SUNYAC rival Brockport (6-2) at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

SLU LAXWOMEN HOLD OFF CLARKSON

Senior attacker Brigid Hurley continued to wield a hot stick and St. Lawrence University’s women’s lacrosse team held off arch-rival Clarkson 16-13 in an exciting Liberty League matchup between the two teams at Hall-Leet Stadium on a cold and blustery Tuesday afternoon.

While the weather may have been cold, the offenses were not as the two teams combined for 29 goals with each team’s big guns doing the bulk of the scoring. Hurley and Stephanie O’Rourke, first and third on the Saint scoring chart, combined for nine goals while Clarkson’s Alyssa Cristaldi and Christine Wright scored eight of the 13 Golden Knight goals in the game. SLU finished with a 36-24 edge in shots on goal, and outscored the Knights 11-7 in the second half after trailing 6-5 at the intermission.

The Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead at Caroline Bailey scored her eighth of the year just 45 seconds into the game and Hurley scored the first of her six with 24:31 to go in the half. The Knights responded with six unanswered, three by Wright, two by Cristaldi and the other from Katie VanDeValk to take a 6-2 lead 9:40 into the game, but then the Saints went on a run of their own.

SLU scored the final three goals of the first half, two of them by Hurley and the other by Carly VanTassel, and the first five of the second half to take a 10-6 lead. Hurley scored twice, O’Rourke once and Holly Noyes and Caroline Bailey added goals in the Saint run to open the second half.

The Saints led 13-8 after Hurley’s sixth of the game with 15:22 to go in regulation, but Clarkson scored three of the next four to cut the lead to 14-11 with 7:31 to go. Bailey scored her third of the game off a fast break set up by Joey Kelley’s draw control with 4:28 to go for a 15-11 Saint lead, but Kerrie Cline scored with 2:36 to go and Cristaldi scored with 1:32 left to cut it to 15-13.

The Saints won another draw and Bailey scored her fourth of the game into the empty net with 49 seconds left as Clarkson goalie Kara DiNatale had to come out to double-team and help get the ball away. The Saints then regained possession and ran out the clock to preserve the win.

DiNatale finished with seven saves for Clarkson while Adden Cunningham had a number of point blank saves among her six to earn the win for the Saints.

SLU, now 6-4 overall and 2-1 in league play will play a league doubleheader at Bard and Vassar Friday and Saturday while Clarkson, 6-2, 1-2, plays the same teams in the inverse order.

BASEBALL POSTPONEMENTS

The continued cold weather has again caused the postponement of college baseball games slated for this afternoon for both Clarkson and SLU. Clarkson was scheduled to play at Utica College while SLU was due to host SUNY Oswego.

Make-up dates had yet to be determined.




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