Saints double up Bears, 16-8

03.22.13

CANTON, N.Y. – The Potsdam women's lacrosse team travelled down the road to St. Lawrence University this afternoon, only to come up short by a 16-8 count. The Bears were led by senior attack Denise Johns, who recorded three goals and sophomore midfielder Emily Petit who had two goals and two assists.

Scoring for the Potsdam came early in the first half with a transition goal from senior attack Whitney Boshart with an assist from Petit at 27:39. St. Lawrence was able to answer nearly three minutes later, tying the game at 1-1. The Bears took the lead again with John's first tally and a second helper from Petit at the 22:21 mark. The Saints were able to take their first lead with two consecutive goals, but the Bears responded with a marker from Petit at 3:40 on a free position shot. St. Lawrence closed out the first half scoring with a goal with 1:45 remaining, taking a 4-3 lead into the break.

The Saints kept the momentum going with a free position goal just thirty seconds into the final half for a two-goal advantage. The Bears answered with four minutes gone in the half with a second goal from Johns. The Saints then went on a 4-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 9-4 lead with 21:00 minutes remaining. Potsdam stopped the run and began to pick up some momentum just a minute later as sophomore attack Bailey Weigel and Petit each scored off free position shots and junior attack Michelle Varney struck for an unassisted tally to make the score 9-7 with 18:59 left. After a quick Saints score, Johns completed the hat trick with a free position shot, making the score 10-8 in favor of St. Lawrence. The Saints put the game away with six straight goals over the next eight minutes. Bears sophomore midfielder Margaret Wall hit the post in the final minutes, but Potsdam was unable to close the gap.

Bears junior goalie Jen Chmiel recorded five saves on the day. St. Lawrence outshot Potsdam 34-19 and held a 28-17 edge in ground balls.

Next, the Bears travel to the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. to take on the sixth-ranked Colby College Mules this Sunday at 4 p.m.