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SLU laxmen halt SUNY Potsdam; Clarkson laxwomen drop Canton

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CANTON - The nationally-ranked No. 17 St. Lawrence University men’s lacrosse team rolled to a 10-4 non-conference win over SUNY Potsdam on a rainy and windy Tuesday afternoon at Hall-Leet Stadium.

The Saints were led by senior co-captain Davey Hovey, who had a career-high seven assists, and first-year face-off specialist Kirk Ryder, who won 14-of-16 draws in the contest.

St. Lawrence improves to 9-3 and picks up its seventh consecutive victory after outshooting the Bears 41-31 and closing with a 33-19 edge in ground balls. SUNY Potsdam (5-5) struggled to gain possession because of Ryder, and couldn’t slow the Saints down in transition as they were a perfect 19-for-19 in clear tries.

“After a little bit of a slow start, we had some nice offensive tempo and ball movement, particularly early in the second half,” said St. Lawrence head coach Mike Mahoney. “Davey did a great job finding open options and we finished our open looks. We did a tremendous job with our face-off unit, and our defense and goaltending was again very solid.”

Both goaltenders, St. Lawrence’s Jack Nuland and Potsdam’s Stefan Sloma, were solid in the game as they finished with nine and 13 saves respectively. The home team scored three man-up goals, and junior Pierson Fowler was sharp offensively as well, scoring a hat trick in the win. Derek Frost led the Bears with two goals.

Fowler scored the lone goal of the opening quarter with 3:05 to go on a man-up try, as the Grosse Pointe Farms, MI native took a pass from Hovey and fired a shot that beat Sloma for his ninth of the season. Rookie stand-out Jeremy Vautour made it 2-0 on another man-up try only 1:10 into the second quarter from Hovey before the Bears got on the board on a goal by Frost only 1:45 later.

Hovey scored his only goal of the game at 13:53 of the second quarter, attacking from behind the net and squeaking a shot between Sloma and the post for a 3-1 St. Lawrence lead at intermission.

With Ryder giving the home team constant possession, St. Lawrence capitalized with four goals in the third period to add some insurance. Fowler’s unassisted goal only :55 seconds into the third made it 4-1, while Alden Frelinghuysen and Tucker Garfield scored off passes from Hovey for a 6-1 lead. Frost and Fowler would exchange goals to bring the score to 7-2 after three quarters.

Senior Justin Ingram made it 8-2 with the opening goal of the fourth quarter only :21 seconds in, with Hovey earning his sixth helper of the game. Though Rob Kunz and Ed Doherty would score on Nuland to keep the Bears within four down 8-4 with 12:40 to play, junior Marc Perroni answered only :08 seconds after Doherty’s tally to end the visitor’s momentum for a 9-4lead. The goal, Perroni’s second of the season, was assisted by Hovey right off a clean face-off win by Ryder.

Junior Zach Sloan would cap the game’s scoring at 10-4, adding his second of the year in the final seconds of regulation.

First-year goaltender Nick Ford relieved Nuland for the final 1:56 and made two saves in his first appearance in a Saints uniform. Ryder closed with a game-high six ground balls for the Scarlet and Brown.

St. Lawrence will be in Liberty League action again on Saturday when they host Rensselaer at 1 p.m. The Saints will be celebrating its “Senior Day,” as the 14 members of the Class of 2013 will play their final regular season contest at Hall-Leet Stadium.

CLARKSON LAXWOMEN DROP CANTON

Freshman Christine Wright (Watertown, NY) scored five goals to lead the Clarkson University women’s Lacrosse team through inclement weather and past SUNY Canton to open a season-ending, four-game road trip with a 17-9 victory on Tuesday afternoon.

The Golden Knights, who improved their record to 9-4 overall, will play at SUNY Oswego on Thursday, at 4 p.m.

Clarkson led from the start against Canton (5-6) as senior Alyssa Cristaldi (North Syracuse, NY) opened the scoring just 29 seconds in. Wright tallied her first goal 21 seconds later and senior Kerrie Cline (Tuxedo, NY) made it 3-0 just 1:42 into the game. The Knights cruised to a 10-0 lead with 18:04 remaining in the first half, and held a 14-3 advantage through 30 minutes.

Clarkson scored the first three goals of the second half to build its lead to 17-3 with over 25 minutes to play. The Kangaroos closed out the game with the final six goals to make the score respectable.

Cristaldi and classmate Katie VanDeValk (Baldwinsville, NY) both finished with three goals and four points. Senior Jeannette Pendergast (Greenfield Center, NY) also scored three goals. Along with Cline, senior Noelle Miller (Hamburg, NY) and junior Danielle Faivus (Oswego, NY) rounded out Clarkson’s goal scorers with one each.

Freshman Keeley Rice, a Potsdam Central product, tallied five goals and one assist to lead the Roos, who dropped to 5-6 overall and 3-3 at home.

The Roos outscored the Golden Knights 6-3 in the second half, as they turned up their defense forcing 12 Clarkson turnovers and six failed clears in 10 attempts. The Roos closed the game on a 6-0 run, including three scores from Rice, two from sophomore Tressa Goolden (Canton, N.Y.) and one from junior Brooke Knight (Madrid, N.Y.).

But it was the start of the game that put the Roos in a huge hole they struggled to climb out of. Thanks to superb work in the center circle by Noelle Miller, who had eight draw controls in the game, and sharp passing around the cage the Golden Knights built a 10-0 advantage 12 minutes into the contest. Rice finally ended the drought with her first goal unassisted with 16:44 on the clock. Clarkson went on to lead 14-3 at halftime, and then scored the first three goals of the second half before the Roos final run.

Goolden finished with three goals, two assists and six ground balls while freshman Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, N.Y.) made eight saves, four in each half.

Junior Kara DiNatale (Auburn, NH) picked up the win in the Clarkson crease with one save in the first half. Freshman Stephanie Lynch (Baldwinsville, NY) posted six second-half stops for the Green and Gold.

The Roos have three games remaining starting on Sunday when they travel to Colby-Sawyer College in N.H. SUNY Canton plays their final home game on Thursday, April 25, against Roberts Wesleyan College, and then they close out their season at Alfred University on Sunday, April 28.

SUNY POTSDAM LAXWOMEN FALL

The SUNY Oswego women’s lacrosse team relayed an 11-4 halftime lead into a 15-9 win at home over SUNY Potsdam (4-7, 1-4 SUNYAC) in a SUNYAC contest on Tuesday.

Freshman midfielder Brittany Blake (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) led the Bears with a career-high three goals and sophomore midfielders Emily Petit (Queensbury, N.Y.) and Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y.) each chipped in two tallies. Erannan Shattuck had a game-high five points for the Lakers with three goals and two assists.

Wall opened the scoring just 1:36 into the contest to give Potsdam its lone lead of the game. Oswego’s Esther Gabriel answered 19 seconds later, igniting a 6-0 run over the next eight minutes. Blake slowed the Laker charge with her first goal at 14:49, but Oswego responded with two straight for an 8-2 lead at the 11:19 mark. Sophomore midfielder Katie Putnam (Chittenango, N.Y.) got into the scoring column at 8:20, but again the Lakers scored the next two. Sophomore attack Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y.) closed the gap to 10-4 with

3:31 left in the period, but Oswego’s Corinne Marsh had the final goal of the half 1:15 later.

The Bears faired much better in the final 30 minutes. Potsdam opened the second half with a 3-0 run on a goal from Petit and two from Blake. Petit and Wall added two more as the teams traded the next four goals and the score was 13-9 with 14:01 on the clock. However, Oswego netted the final two markers to close out the contest 15-9.

In goal Potsdam junior Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y.) finished with six saves and Nikki Greco matched her to earn the win for the Lakers (5-6, 2-3 SUNYAC).

Next, Potsdam hits the road for Fredonia for a 1 p.m. showdown with the Blue Devils on Saturday.

SLU-POTSDAM SOFTBALL POSTPONED

Tuesday’s SUNY Potsdam softball doubleheader at home against St. Lawrence University has been rescheduled for this coming Monday at 4 p.m.

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