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POTSDAM - The Clarkson University men’s and women’s lacrosse teams both came up short at Hantz Turf Field on Friday.

MEN’S LAX

In a tight, defensive game, the Clarkson men’s team came up short as visiting SUNY Plattsburgh held off the Golden Knights for a 9-7 victory under the lights.

Clarkson, at 5-7 overall, will look to put a halt to a seven-game skid when it hosts Bard College today at noon.

The Knights came out strong against Plattsburgh (10-5) taking a 2-0 first-quarter lead and extending it to 3-0 midway through the second frame. The Cardinals got back into the contest with two goals to close out the half and then opened the third quarter with their third goal to tie the game. Clarkson got back on the scoreboard with junior’s Jack Dowst’s (Weare, NH) goal to take a 4-3 lead with 10:37 remaining in the quarter. Plattsburgh, however, ran off three consecutive tallies to hold a 6-4 advantage after 45 minutes.

Junior Mark Nortz (Lowville, NY) pulled the Green and Gold to within one to start the final quarter, but the Cardinals went on another three-goal run to take a 5-9 lead with 3:30 to play. Nortz and junior Matthew Gold (Pittsford, NY) scored in the final minute, but time ran out before Clarkson could score again.

Gold and Nortz connected for two goal apiece to pace the Knights offensively. Senior Peter Goss (Jamesville, NY) and junior Tyler Tomeny (Marcellus, NY) also tallied goals for Clarkson. Plattsburgh’s Tom Duggan led all scorers with three goals.

The Knights outshot Plattsburgh 35-30 and held a 20-19 edge in ground balls. Junior Dylan Broomfield (Clinton, NY) won 10-18 faceoffs. Senior defenseman Rick Clement (Cotuit, MA) picked up five ground balls.

Freshman Nick Strandholm (Happy Valley, OR) posted eight saves in the Clarkson goal.

WOMEN’S LAX

The Clarkson women’s lacrosse team suffered its fourth straight loss, falling to Liberty League foe Vassar College 18-11.

The Golden Knights, who stand at 4-10 overall and 1-5 in the conference, close out a seven-game home stand on Saturday afternoon when they host Bard College at 3p.m. in their final game in Potsdam for the season.

Clarkson played even with Vassar (8-4, 3-3) for most of the first half and grabbed its only lead of the day on a four-goal run to make it 6-5 with 2:57 left to play in the period. The Brewers, however, connected for the final four goals in the half to take a 9-6 lead after the first 30 minutes. Vassar then scored the first three goals to start the second half for a 12-6 lead with 23 minutes to play. Freshman Ashley Flick (Watertown, NY) put an end to the visitors’ seven-goal burst with Clarkson’s seventh score with 18:40 to go, but Vassar rattled off four unanswered tallies to hold a commanding 16-7 lead with 12 minutes to play. The Knights added four straight goals of their own, but the Brewers closed out the road win with the game’s final two scores.

Sophomore Christine Wright (Watertown, NY) paced the Green and Gold offense with five points on two goals and three assists. Flick, junior Emma Oliver (Jericho, VT) and sophomore Emma Jeffery (Baldwinsville, NY) also scored two goals apiece. Junior Danielle Faivus (Oswego, NY) and freshmen Paige Fayette (Theresa, NY) and Kate Dillon (St. Albans, VT) rounded out the Clarkson goals scorers with one tally each.

Dara Davis and Isabelle Goldstein led the Plattsburgh offense with seven (6-1) and six (4-2) points, respectively.

The Brewers outshot Clarkson 31-19 and controlled ground balls 18-11. Sophomore Meaghan McKenna (Hamburg, NY) won a game-high six draw controls for the Knights.

Sophomore Dani Tani (Heuvelton, NY) started in the Clarkson goal and made six saves, while senior Kara DiNatale (Auburn, NH) posted two stops over the final 12 minutes.

SLU LAXWOMEN

Twelve different players scored goals for the St. Lawrence University women’s lacrosse team on Friday afternoon, including a game-high four goals from rookie Kara Hurley, as the Saints defeated Bard College by the score of 21-4 at Hall-Leet Stadium in Canton.

The Saints improve to 6-6 overall and 4-2 in Liberty League play after finishing with a 35-14 advantage in shots and a 15-17 mark in clears. The Raptors fall to 3-9 (0-6) after falling behind 14-3 at halftime.

Julia Mitiguy played an outstanding all-around game for the home team with three goals, and team highs in both draw controls (4) and caused turnovers (3). Kiera Taussig, Caroline Bailey, Abigail Horan and Jill Carlton each had two goals for St. Lawrence while Hayden Stein recorded two assists.

Addie Cunningham, Greta White and Cricket Wemyss combined for nine saves for St. Lawrence, including five for White who played the majority of the game in net. Winta Mehari made nine saves for Bard.

St. Lawrence will face a stiffer test today against Vassar College in a game with serious playoff implications. The contest, which will begin at 2 p.m, will be the final for six St. Lawrence players who will be celebrating “Senior Day.”



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