POTSDAM - The SUNY Potsdam womens lacrosse team fought its way back into its home opening game against St. Lawrence University, but faced a 10-minute lull about midway through the second half that cost them in a 12-7 loss at Maxcy Turf Field on Thursday afternoon.
Marred by snowy and blustery conditions, the Bears played on their home turf for the first time this season. Their original opener was scheduled for March 8 against Utica College, but the game was moved to Clarkson University due to icy field conditions.
Saints senior attacker Carly VanTassel (Adams Center, N.Y.) and sophomore Hannah Calvelli (Brighton, N.Y.) had three goals apiece while Abigail Horan (Medfield, Mass.) lent two huge insurance goals just as the Bears were getting back into the game.
Bears sophomore midfielder Brittany Blake (S. Glens Falls, N.Y.) had just scored on a free position shot at 22:37 in the second half to make it 6-4. Horan gave the Saints (2-3) a three-goal cushion once again less than a minute later.
Saints junior goaltender Adden Cunningham (2-3) made 12 saves to pick up the victory while Bears senior captain Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y.) saved eight shots to fall to 1-2.
Potsdam (1-2) will play at SUNY Canton this afternoon at 4 p.m. The Bears will next make a trip to Florida to take on Concordia (Wis.) and RIT on March 25 and 27 in West Palm Beach to participate in the Spring Fling Tournament. Each game will begin at 11:30 a.m.
CU WOMENS LAX
For only the second time in over 360 games over the course of 35-plus seasons, the Clarkson University womens lacrosse team held its opponent scoreless as the Golden Knights recorded a 17-0 victory over the University of St. Joseph Thursday afternoon at Lake Lytal Parkin Fort Myers, Florida.
The Golden Knights evened their record at 3-3 overall heading into conference play next weekend, going 2-1 on the spring trip. The Blue Jays dropped to 0-3 on the season.
Eleven different players scored at least one goal in the game, but it was Clarksons defense that stood out for the second straight game. Clarkson out shot the Blue Jays 33-7 and held St. Joseph without a shot until the 15:30 mark of the first half, the second straight time that the Knights have held a team without a shot for the first 14 minutes of a contest.
Paige Fayette (Theresa, NY) led the Knights with four points, recording three goals and an assist and Abby Doyle (Syracuse, NY) also recorded three goals. Danielle Faivus (Oswego, NY) added three points with a goal and two assists and Mollie Simmons (Clinton, CT) and Rachel Kenyon (Binghamton, NY) each had two goals. Kara DiNatale (Auburn, NH) and Dani Tani (Heuvelton, NY) combined to make six saves in the shutout, while Anne Pitoniak stopped 10 shots for St. Joseph.
The goose egg on the scoreboard marked only the sixth time in Clarkson history that the Knights have allowed one goal or less, and it was the first shutout since Clarkson blanked Wells College 7-0 during the 1989 season.
CU SOFTBALL SWEPT
The Clarkson University softball team dropped a pair of games at the Lee Country Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida on Thursday, falling to SUNY Brockport by the score of 8-1 and to the University of New England by a 16-2 margin.
The Golden Knights (0-10) continue their first season at the Cape Coral Sports Complex this morning with games against SUNY Alfred and Wisconsin-Platteville to close out their Florida trip.
CANTON SOFTBALL PPD
The softball teams doubleheaders against Penn State Schuylkill and Penn State Hazelton for this weekend have been postponed. The Roos will also make up their doubleheader at Clarkson University next Wednesday as well.
No make-up date has been set at this time for the contests against Penn State Hazelton and Clarkson University. The Roos will make up their games with Penn State Schuylkill on April 19th at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.