NEW PALTZ - New Paltz (7-9, 2-5 SUNYAC) took the lead 1:27 into this afternoons SUNYAC contest with the SUNY Potsdam womens lacrosse team (4-11, 1-7) and never relinquished it on the way to an 18-14 victory.
Carissa Citro and Lianne Vivalda each scored five times to lead the Hawks.
Seniors Maribeth Simmons (Clinton, N.Y.) and Sierra Langkammerer (Fayetteville, N.Y.) had six (5g, 1a) and four (3g, 1a) points, respectively to pace the Bears.
New Paltz jumped out to a 4-1 lead by the 24:09 mark of the first quarter.
Simmons, senior captain Aubrey Macintosh (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) and Langkammerer answered over the next five minutes to tie the score at 4-4. The Hawks regained their three-goal lead by the
12:50 mark, but Langkammerer and Simmons responded again to make it a 7-6 contest with 9:58 left in the half. New Paltz closed the first period on a 5-1 run and took a 12-7 advantage into the break.
The teams traded the first six goals of the second half. A goal by freshman midfielder Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y.) kept the Bears within 15-10 with 20:57 remaining. The Hawks scored three of the next four goals for their biggest lead of the game at 18-11 with 11:20 on the clock.
Potsdam closed the contest on a 3-0 run with two markers from Simmons and a final tally from freshman midfielder Emily Petit (Queensbury, N.Y.), but lost the 18-14 decision.
In goal, senior captain Kaci Milligan (Liverpool, N.Y.) finished with 13 saves. Stefanie Mignone allowed nine goals and made five saves over the first 38:54 to earn the victory. Jackie Ulanoff allowed five goals on six shots on goal over the final 21:06.
The Bears wrap up the season on Sunday when they host the Utica Pioneers at 1 p.m.
The SUNY Canton home softball doubleheader against SUNY Potsdam scheduled for Tuesday was postponed.
The games have been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 2, with the first game starting at 3 p.m.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they wrap up SUNYAC play with a noon doubleheader at Plattsburgh State.
The SUNY Canton baseball doubleheader at SUNYIT and the St. Lawrence University game against Hamilton slated for this afternoon was also wiped out.