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WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. — At the Spring Fling Tournament in sunny West Palm Beach, the SUNY Potsdam women’s lacrosse team (3-2) used a 7-1 second half run to slam the door in a 16-11 victory over Concordia University of Wisconsin (4-1) on Tuesday afternoon.

Freshman midfielder Michaela Cole (Parishville) scored her first four collegiate goals to lead the Bears. Potsdam sophomore attack Bri McClusky (Watertown) added three goals and an assist, while junior captain Margaret Wall (Rochester) also had a four-point day with two goals and two helpers.

The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 7:20 on tallies from Wall, McClusky and Cole. The Falcons answered with a 5-1 stretch to grab a 5-4 advantage at the 13:08 mark. Potsdam’s lone goal during the run came from freshman attack Katie Lapinski (Canton) with an assist from Wall. The Bears responded with a 5-2 run to close the half with a 9-7 lead. The markers came from Wall, Cole, McClusky, senior attack Michelle Varney (Canton) and junior midfielder Katie Putnam (Chittenango). Junior attack Bailey Weigel (East Amherst) assisted on Varney’s goal and Wall set up Putnam’s score.

Concordia grabbed a 10-9 lead with 24:50 left in the contest on three straight goals, but Potsdam overpowered the Falcons the rest of the way. Weigel started the 7-1 finish with a goal at 21:36. Cole buried the next two attempts, including the eventual game-winner at 19:36, for a 12-10 lead. Junior midfielder Emily Petit (Queensbury) scored five minutes later and freshman midfielder Alyssa Ferenczy (Williamsville) netted her first career goal at 9:05. Concordia got one back nearly three minutes later, but it barely slowed Potsdam’s momentum. McClusky and Weigel scored two final goals over the last 4:14 to seal the 16-11 win.

Freshman and current SUNYAC Goalie of the Week Devan Olschewske (Canandaigua) made six saves to earn her second career win in as many starts. Falcon goalie Veronika Metanova finished with 14 stops in the loss.

Sammi Reiter led Concordia with a game-high six points on five goals and an assist. Haley Peppers and Emily Heckendorf also chipped in three and two goals, respectively to support the Falcon cause.

Potsdam outshot Concordia 38-22 on the afternoon, but the Falcons edged the Bears 20-18 in ground balls.

Potsdam is back in action in West Palm Beach on Thursday, when the Bears face the RIT Tigers at 11:30 a.m.

POTSDAM SOFTBALL

The SUNY Potsdam softball team is still seeking its first win after four days of competition at the Dot Richardson Tournament in Clermont, Florida.

On Tuesday, the Bears lost to Saint Catherine University (MN) 14-3 in six innings and then fell 9-2 to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI) in the late game.

Potsdam took an early lead against Saint Catherine when senior Khalshia White (Saint Regis Falls) cracked an RBI-double to drive in freshman Noelle Rufa (Helena) in the bottom of the second inning for a 1-0 advantage.

The Bears were unable to hold the lead, however, as the Wildcats (1-4) roared back with a three-run third and followed it with a five-run fourth to take command.

Offensively, Katie Marsman (Wantagh) knocked in White on an RBI-single and senior Brittany Thivierge (Schuylerville) plated freshman Jordan Ott (Hilton) on a sacrifice fly RBI in the fifth to make it 8-3.

The Bears were hurt by four errors and eight walks that freshman Brittany Barr (Ogdensburg) and sophomore Carina Chirinko (Fairport) combined to throw on the mound.

White finished 1-1 with an RBI-double, a walk, and a run scored. Marsman and Thivierge each batted 1-3 with an-RBI single while Ott drew a pair of walks, stole a base and scored a run. Marsman also had a stolen base.

Barr (0-3) pitched four innings and allowed eight runs-only three earned-with seven hits and five walks.

For the Wildcats, Lindsey Klein went 3-5 with a double and three RBI. Alyssa Luedtke batted 2-4 with a walk and scored twice while Jessica Tyminski went 2-4 with a run, walk and RBI.

St. Kate’s pitcher Rachael Thompson (1-3) tossed six innings and allowed three runs-two earned-and struck out five. She walked four and allowed three hits.

In the second game, Wisconsin-Oshkosh topped Potsdam 9-2 behind a strong pitching performance by Jill Vondrak, who went the distance and struck out nine while only walking one.

The Titans (7-3) took it to the Bears (0-8) from the start by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning that was spearheaded by a two-run double from junior catcher Katie Koepsel.

Vondrak (4-2) struck out the side in the third and did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning. White had reached on a walk, stole second base and then scored on an RBI double by Ott. Sophomore Alexis Lerman (Fayetteville) then reached on an error. Ott came around to score on the play to cut the lead to 7-2.

Koepsel finished 2-3 with a pair of doubles and four RBI. Kassie Krueger went 3-4 with a run and RBI and Taylor Loew was 2-3 with a run and an RBI.

Megan Johnson (0-3) allowed five earned runs in six innings of work. She struck out two and walked three.

Potsdam will play the concluding games of the Dot Richardson Tournament on Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. with a game against Elmhurst College (IL) and will follow up with a 1 p.m. scheduled matinee against Concordia University of Wisconsin.

SLU MEN’S LAX

The nationally-ranked No. 16 St. Lawrence University men’s lacrosse team was able to hang on for an 8-7 non-conference victory over SUNY Geneseo on Tuesday afternoon in Canton. The Saints saw a five goal lead slip away, but goalie Nick Ford kicked aside a shot in the final seconds to preserve the home win as the Scarlet and Brown improve to 5-1 on the season.

St. Lawrence was led by Marc Perroni’s two goals, while Ford turned in 12 saves to earn the victory. The defense was anchored by rookie Caleb Kane, who had a game-high five caused turnovers while adding four ground balls. Geneseo’s Adam Perri made 14 saves to keep the visitors in the game despite being outshot 19-6 in the first half. Joe Chiara had a hat trick for the Knights, who fall to 2-3 on the year, while Kyle Kerrigan had a game-high seven ground balls.

“I thought early on, we executed well on both ends of the field. We were able to get to a lot of loose balls that gave us possession time, but their goalie made some excellent saves,” said Saints head coach Mike Mahoney. “Once they made a push, Nick (Ford) made some big saves at key moments to seal it. It’s a good learning experience for our guys and can help us going into a big conference game this weekend.”

The Saints will resume Liberty League play on Saturday when the team travels to Schenectady for a battle with fellow nationally-ranked foe No. 11 Union College at noon.

POTSDAM MEN’S LAX

Due to cold temperatures, tomorrow’s home SUNY Potsdam men’s lacrosse game against Utica College has been moved to Thursday. Game time is still 4 p.m.

The Bears are 3-2 all-time against the Pioneers and have won three straight contests.

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