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SCHENECTADY - After a pair of decisive wins in Florida last week, the Clarkson University women’s acrosse team could not continue its good fortune when it opened the Liberty League schedule as the Golden Knights loss 15-4 loss to perennial conference powerhouse Union College.

Clarkson, which stands at 3-3 overall, will play William Smith in Genevathis afternoon in conference action beginning at 2 p.m.

The Knights surrendered the first two goals of the game at Union, but quickly tied the score on a pair of goals by freshman standout Paige Fayette (Theresa, NY). The Dutchwomen (2-2), however, took control of the contest midway through the first half and closed out the first 30 minutes with a 7-2 lead.

Union built its lead to 8-2 to start the second half, and after the Knights got back on the scoreboard with goals by sophomore Christine Wright (Watertown, NY) and freshman Ashley Flick (Watertown, NY), the Dutchwomen went on a seven-goal run to close out the game.

The Dutchwomen outshot the Green and Gold 29-14 and controlled ground balls 23-18. Wright and seniors Cassie Grace (Potsdam, NY) and Kara DiNatale (Auburn, NH) each picked up a team-high three ground balls for Clarkson.

DiNatale stated the game in goal for the Knights and posted seven saves, while allowing 10 goals through 42 minutes. Sophomore Dani Tani (Heuvelton, NY) made one save on six shots over the final 18 minutes in goal for Clarkson.

Emily McGrail tallied a game-high four goals to pace Union.

SLU WOMEN’S LAX

In another Liberty League women’s lacrosse opener played in Geneva, William Smith relayed a 5-2 halftime lead into an 8-6 win over St. Lawrence University (2-4, 0-1).

Meg Hannan, Alexandra Byrd and Kate Byrne netted two goals apiece in the winning effort while Sarah Honan posted eight saves working the crease for the Herons (1-5, 1-0).

Chloe Knapp anchored the SLU offense with three goals. Caroline Bailey fashioned a goal and assist while Addie Cunningham handled four shots.

POTSDAM SOFTBALL PPD

Today’s SUNY Potsdam softball doubleheader at Oswego State and tomorrow’s twinbill at SUNY Cortland have been postponed due to snow and poor field conditions. The Bears will now play Cortland at noon on Sunday, April 13. Potsdam will face Oswego at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 20.

SLU POSTPONEMENTS

The extended winter weather has caused the postponement of both weekend double-headers for the St. Lawrence University baseball team on the road against Liberty League rival Vassar. No make-up dates were announced.

The SLU track and field teams were slated to compete at the Hamilton Invitational today but the meet was canceled.

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