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Clarkson laxmen fall to Nazareth; SLU turns back Adrian College

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SYRACUSE - Senior Ryan Cole (Orchard Park, NY) made 16 saves, including 10 in the first half, but the Clarkson University men’s lacrosse team came up short in its bid for victory, falling short against Nazareth, 10-7, in non-league action at Onondaga Community College on Wednesday.

The Golden Knights fell to 1-1 on the season and will host their first home game of the season on Saturday when the team takes on Brockport at Hantz Turf Field. Nazareth also saw its record evened at 2-2.

For Clarkson, Peter Goss had three goals while Corey Herrington added a pair of goals and two assists. Jeff Sciera had a goal and an assist, and Matt Gold also scored once. For Nazareth, Trevor Haefele, Nick Lascalzo and Jason Boike each scored a pair of goals.

Nazareth held a 41-37 edge in shots, but the Golden Flyers were much more cautious in the second half and came out more productive, scoring six times on 15 total shots. The Knights actually went the other way after scoring four times on its first 12 shots, tallying only three times in the final 25 attempts.

Cole was dominant in net, allowing four goals in the fourth quarter on close shots, but denying all others. Equally impressive for the Golden Flyers was Scott Brown, who made 15 saves, with the majority of his coming in the second half when the Knights were attempting to complete their comeback bid.

SLU 10, Adrian (Mich) 7: Rookie Jeremy Vautour scored three goals and senior Justin Ingram added two in the fourth quarter, lifting the nationally-ranked No. 19 Saints past Adrian College in the team’s home opener at Hall-Leet Stadium.

The Saints (2-0) finished with a 43-25 edge in shots and a 32-25 lead in ground balls. Rookie Ryan Brigham was also key, winning 14-of-18 face-offs for the home-team, which needed a four-goal run to rally from a 7-6 deficit in the third quarter. Adrian (2-1) suffered its first loss of the year after struggling to control face-offs, though the defensive group did an excellent job in forcing 22 St. Lawrence turnovers.

“I’m happy with the resiliency we showed against a tough team,” said St. Lawrence head coach Mike Mahoney. “Both teams battled for four quarters and we were able to come up with some goals late to earn the win.”

St. Lawrence goalie Jeff Goeke finished with 12 saves in the game, while his counterpart Kevin Lerg answered with 12 saves for Adrian. The Bulldogs were led by former St. Lawrence Central standout Cody Kilcoyne, a junior, and Mitch Burgin, who each had two goals and an assist.

The Saints will look to keep its unblemished record intact when they head to Ithaca on Sunday to take on Nazareth College at 1 p.m. at Cornell University.

Cazenovia 9, SUNY Canton 8: The SUNY Canton men’s lacrosse team put together another strong final quarter but again came up just short at Cazenovia.

Freshman Chris Gamble (Carthage, N.Y.) led the Roos (0-2) with two goals and one assist. Senior Patrick Connelly (Chittenango, N.Y.), sophomore Garrett DiTullio (Potsdam, N.Y.) and freshman Zarrien Sloan (Waterloo, N.Y.) also scored two goals. Senior Rob Gleason (Vestal, N.Y.) added two assists and junior goalie Corey Spuck (Rochester, N.Y.) made 15 saves.

Wednesday’s game was evenly matched as both teams generated 31 shots. SUNY Canton had a slight edge in ground balls (51-45) and for the second game in a row came out on top in face offs 12-9. Gamble won nine of those draws, freshman Devin Gruneisen (Potsdam, N.Y.) won two, and sophomore Tony Carden (Franklin, Mass.) had one win.

The Wildcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the opening quarter, before the Roos responded with goals from Connelly and Sloan to pull ahead 2-1. Cazenovia scored two unanswered to lead 3-2 after one.

SUNY Canton struck for the only goal in the second quarter when DiTullio fired one in from sophomore James Kane (Jamison, Pa.) with 10:31 left, and the score remained 3-3 at halftime.

Cazenovia dominated the third quarter outscoring the Roos 4-1 to take a 7-4 advantage into the final quarter. But just like they did in their season-opener against Medaille, SUNY Canton didn’t go away and played a spirited final 15 minutes to battle back and surge ahead scoring four straight goals to start the quarter. Gamble scored both of his goals in the first five minutes to pull the Roos to within one goal at 7-6. Sloan then found the back of the net to deadlock the game 7-7 with 8:51 on the clock, and two minutes later DiTullio gave the Roos their second lead scoring from Gleason with 6:23 remaining. But Cazenovia closed the game with two goals in the final five minutes of regulation to squeak out the win.

Freshman Kyle Kinglsey of Potsdam scored three goals to lead the Wildcats. Cory Tilton added two goals and one assist, and Pat Boyle made 15 saves working the crease for the win.

The Roos next game is on March 16 at Regis College in Weston, Mass.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

Clarkson University (1-0) built an early lead and held off the SUNY Potsdam women’s lacrosse team (0-1) for a 15-9 win at Maxcy Turf Field. Golden Knight senior attack Katie VanDeValk (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) had a game-high five goals and two assists for seven points, while teammates Alyssa Cristaldi (North Syracuse, N.Y.) and Christine Wright (Watertown, N.Y.) each chipped in six points (4g-2a). Sophomores Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y.) and Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y.) led the Bears with three goals apiece.

Clarkson opened the contest on a 7-1 run over the first 21:15. Wright notched the first two of the game before Wall cut the gap to 2-1 at 21:20.

VanDeValk scored the next three followed by two in a row from Cristaldi to build the six-goal advantage at 8:45. Wall struck again at 7:23, before Cristaldi answered two minutes later. Over the last five minutes of the half, Cristaldi and Wright sandwiched two goals between two Weigel tallies and Clarkson led 10-4 at the break. The goals were the first of Weigel’s collegiate career.

Potsdam matched the Golden Knights score for score in the second half, but couldn’t over take them. Senior attack Denise Johns (Marcellus, N.Y.) opened the scoring at 27:59, but again Wright answered for Clarkson. Johns struck again at 20:51 to make it 11-6 before VanDeValk buried two in a row to give the Golden Knights their biggest lead of the contest at 13-6. At the 13:39 mark, freshman attack Bri McClusky (Watertown, N.Y.) recorded her first career goal on a free position. Seven minutes later, Wall scored the game’s lone man-up goal.

Senior midfielder Noelle Miller (Hamburg, N.Y.) and junior attack Marissa Mastronardi (Cortland, N.Y.) struck for the next two to cap the Golden Knights’ scoring at 15. Weigel closed Potsdam’s scoring with 1:12 remaining.

In goal, Bears junior Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y.) finished with five saves in her first collegiate start. Clarkson junior goalie Kara DiNatale (Auburn, N.Y.) made seven saves and allowed eight goals over the first 58:05. Freshman Stephanie Lynch (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) made one save and allowed one goal in the final 1:55.

Both teams will be facing Utica College in their next games with Potsdam facing the Pioneers on the road this Saturday at 1 p.m. and Clarkson playing host to them on Friday, March 15, at 4 p.m.




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