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CORTLAND — The top-ranked SUNY Cortland Red Dragons (16-0, 7-0 SUNYAC) used a strong start to down the SUNY Potsdam women’s lacrosse team 18-5 on Tuesday afternoon. Freshman midfielder Michaela Cole (Parishville) and sophomore attack Bri McClusky (Watertown) each scored twice for the Bears (4-10, 0-7).

Marilyn Farrell led Cortland with a game-high eight points on four goals and four assists. Ogdensburg’s Chelsea Martin contributed a goal and assist toward the winning effort.

The Red Dragons opened the first half with the game’s first 11 tallies, including three from Kristen Ohberg and two from Farrell. Freshman defender Hannah Keggins (Watertown) got Potsdam on the board with the period’s final goal at the 2:37 mark. Cortland scored five straight to start the final 30 minutes. McClusky slowed the run with a man-up goal at the 21:25 mark on an assist from junior attack Bailey Weigel (East Amherst). The Red Dragons scored the next two before the Bears closed the game with a 3-0 run. Weigel set up McClusky again at 12:55 and Cole closed the scoring with two unassisted tallies at 4:52 and 2:45.

In goal, Potsdam senior captain Jen Chmiel (Rochester) and freshman Devan Olschewske (Canandaigua) each played a half and recorded three saves. Liz Ingalls earned the victory for Cortland with one save and two goals allowed in the first 43:35. Jaclyn Beshlian allowed three goals and stopped one shot in the final 16:25.

The Bears close out their 2014 campaign with a 1 p.m. game at SUNY Buffalo on Saturday.

April 22: A trio of triples did the damage as Vassar swept a Liberty League baseball makeup doubleheader with St. Lawrence in Poughkeepsie on Tuesday.

SLU BASEBALL SWEPT

Two triples keyed a 4-3 Brewer win in game one and another was the big blow in a three run fourth in game two which keyed a 3-1 Vassar win.

Vassar is now 12-9 on the season and 7-5 in the Liberty League while the Saints are 13-12 and 9-7. The Saints are scheduled to play at Plattsburgh Wednesday.

The Saints jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first in game one, but Vassar’s Adam Erkis shut them down the rest of the way to improve to 5-0 on the season after the Brewers rallied for the win.

Bryan Palermo led off with a double to left and scored on Mark Syron’s triple. Khifer O’Connor then singled home Syron for a 2-0 lead. Devin Robson reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored on a throwing error for the third Saint run.

Vassar got two off Joe Riley in the bottom of the second on a walk, a triple by Jason Garfinkel and a ground out, tied it with a run in the bottom of the fourth on a walk, single, wild pitch and ground out and scored the game winner in the bottom of the fifth on a triple by Bradley Kendall and a single by Brooks English.

In game two, the Saints took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, but Vassar came right back with three in the bottom of the inning on a three-run triple by Kyle Casey. O’Connor led off the top of the inning with a single, Kevin Prindle walked and Zane Fish loaded the bases with a single to the hole at short. Brian Magovney then reached on an error, scoring O’Connor.

The Saints threatened in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with two outs, but reliever Connor Cucalon got the final out to snuff out the Saint rally.

Prindle took the loss for the Saints, allowing four hits and striking out four in game two.

POTSDAM SOFTBALL PPD

The SUNY Potsdam softball team’s doubleheader at SUNY Canton scheduled for Tuesday postponed due to rain and wet field conditions. No makeup dates have been scheduled yet.

The Bears resume SUNYAC play with back-to-back doubleheaders this Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Potsdam hosts SUNY Geneseo for a twin bill starting at 3 p.m. The following day, the College at Brockport arrives on the Bears’ Senior Day for a noon start.

CU BASEBALL CANCELED

The Clarkson University Baseball team will be unable to celebrate Earth Day by playing a doubleheader against the Utica Pioneers today, as extended inclement weather is in the forecast. The games are not expected to be rescheduled.

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