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POTSDAM — The Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam women’s lacrosse teams both suffered league setbacks on their home turfs on Wednesday.

CLARKSON

A strong second-half effort came up short for the Clarkson women’s lacrosse team as the Golden Knights fell to St. Lawrence 10-8 in Liberty League play at Hantz Turf Field.

Clarkson, which trailed the Saints (5-6, 3-2) 8-2 at the half, outscored their rivals 6-2 over the final 30 minutes, but it was not enough as the Green and Gold lost their third straight game. The Knights scored the game’s final three goals with junior Abby Doyle (Syracuse, NY) connecting twice and sophomore Christine Wright (Watertown, NY) scoring once. Wright’s second goal of the day came with 21 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to two goals, but time ran out before Clarkson could get any closer.

Doyle paced the Clarkson attack with three goals. Wright (Watertown, NY) tallied three points (2-1). Junior Jessica Budaj (Windsor. MA) and freshman Paige Fayette (Theresa, NY) chipped in one goal and one assists apiece. Junior Cassie Grace (Potsdam, NY) rounded out the Clarkson goal scorers with her first career goal.

Caroline Bailey and Hannah Calvelli both netted three goals for St. Lawrence. Bailey also recorded two assists. Carly VanTassel scored two goals and one assist for the Saints.

Both teams had 24 shots. Clarkson controlled ground balls 25-20 and draw controls 11-7. Wright scooped up four ground balls for the Knights and won two draw controls. Budaj forced three turnovers.

Senior Kara DiNatale (Auburn, NH) started in the Clarkson goal and posted one first-half save on six shots. Sophomore Dani Tani (Heuvelton, NY) played the the final 40 minutes and posted six saves on 11 shots.

Addie Cunningham made 12 saves to record the win for St. Lawrence.

At 4-9 overall and 1-4 in the Liberty League, Clarkson closes out the home portion of the schedule this weekend, hosting league foes Vassar, on Friday at 4 p.m., and Bard, on Saturday at 3 p.m.

SUNY POTSDAM

Oswego sophomore attacker Erannan Shattuck scored four goals, senior Candace Tarana added a hat trick and senior Nikki Greco played solid in goal as the SUNY Oswego rode a big half in defeating Potsdam 13-6 in a SUNYAC women’s lacrosse game at the Maxcy Hall turf field.

The Lakers (9-3 overall, 2-2 SUNYAC) were able to effectively move the ball well and get in position to score early as Tarana scored twice and Shattuck, the Lakers’ leading scorer, also netted a goal in the opening five minutes and eight seconds to help Oswego grab a 3-0 early lead. Senior Mackenzie Kjerstad added to the lead with a goal at the 18:48 mark.

Sophomore attacker Bri McClusky (Watertown, N.Y.) recorded the first goal for the Bears at 18:09 on a free position shot that got past Lakers’ goalie Nikki Greco.

Greco (9-3) was stingy in goal as she faced 21 shots, saved 11 while allowing six goals in a full 60 minutes.

Shattuck, who entered with a team-high 24 goals and 14 assists, proved to be a tough cover as she scored four goals and registered two assists in the first half for the Lakers. Oswego led 9-3 at the break.

Junior attacker Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y.) cut the deficit to 5-2 on another free position shot by going high with her shot. It made the Bears (4-8 overall, 0-5 SUNYAC) 2-for-2 on free position shots at that point.

Emily Lange pushed the lead to 6-2 on a feed from Shattuck.

Potsdam junior captain Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y.) scored to cut the lead in half to 6-3 at 8:44

Wall would pick up her second goal at 27:21. With that marker, Wall would become the fourth Bears’ players to reach double digits for goals joining Bri McClusky and Bailey Weigel (each with 30 goals apiece) and Michelle Varney (16).

Oswego took advantage of a man-up situation after a card ruled rough play on the Bears. Tarana netted her third goal and Lindsey Eggers added two more scores for a 12-4 advantage.

With 14:44 left in the second half, Bears freshman goalie Devan Olschewske (Canandaigua, N.Y.) checked into the game and Potsdam went to work on offense getting two goals back on strikes from freshmen Hannah Keggins (Watertown, N.Y.) and Michaela Cole (Parishville, N.Y.).

Potsdam will host No. 20 Fredonia on Saturday at 11 a.m. for Senior Day.

SUNY CANTON

The Kangaroos (8-4) took a 12-3 lead by halftime to defeat SUNYIT 15-5 in a nonconference game in Canton.

Keeley Rice (Potsdam) paced SUNY Canton with five goals. Hannah Christiansen scored three goals and Robyn Carroll, Joelle Percy and Nikki Holmes (Ogdensburg) each provided two. Tressa Goolden (Canton) also scored for SUNY Canton.

Nicole DiPiazza scored four of the five goals for SUNYIT (5-3), with Ana Exposto also scoring.


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