Bears rally past Huskies in Florida, 16-15


CLERMONT, FLA.—The SUNY Potsdam women's lacrosse team (1-3) rallied for a 16-15 victory over Southern Maine (4-2) on Tuesday evening at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. Senior captains Whitney Boshart and Denise Johns led the Bears with four goals and one assist each. Junior goalie Jen Chmiel made a career-high 17 saves to earn her first collegiate win.

The Huskies jumped out to 3-0 and 4-1 leads early in the first half, but couldn't shake Potsdam. Boshart, Johns, sophomore midfielder Margaret Wall and junior attack Michelle Varney each tallied to knot the score at 4-4 by the 22:43 mark. Southern Maine never gave up the lead in the first half, but the Bears continued to answer goal-for-goal. Boshart tied the game at 5-5 at 19:10. Sophomore attack Bailey Weigel cut the Husky lead to 7-6 just over five minutes later. Boshart and sophomore midfielder Katie Putnam knotted the score at eight all with 5:53 remaining in the half. Sophomore midfielder Emily Petit made it a 9-9 contest one minute later and Boshart notched the hat trick and sent the game into the break tied at 10-10 with a marker at 1:05.

Southern Maine struck quickly in the second half, but it was the Huskies last lead of the contest and it lasted just three minutes as Potsdam responded with a 3-0 run. Johns scored her second goal at 26:03 and 31 seconds later, freshman attack Bri McClusky gave the Bears their first lead at 12-11. Johns capped the run with her third tally at 22:59. Southern Maine scored the next two to tie the game at 13-13 with 7:45 left, Potsdam quickly regained its two-goal advantage on markers from Johns and Petit. Again the Huskies answered with two to tie the score at 15 all with 1:31 on the clock. Petit converted on a free position opportunity with 50 seconds remaining for the decisive tally.

Jacki Kelly and Jenna Cyr led Southern Maine with four and three goals, respectively. Husky goalie Kim Vogel made eight saves in the loss.

Southern Maine outshot Potsdam 36-31 and edged the Bears in ground balls 28-27. Potsdam collected 18 draw controls to the Huskies' 16, with Weigel grabbing a game-high 12.

Potsdam heads back home on Saturday, for a 1 p.m. showdown with Morrisville State. The Bears are a perfect 6-0 all-time against the Mustangs.