Women's Lacrosse: Oswego tops Potsdam 13-6
Oswego sophomore attacker Erannan Shattuck scored four goals, senior Candace Tarana added a hat trick and senior Nikki Greco played sound defense in goal as the Oswego State rode a big half in defeating Potsdam 13-6 in a SUNYAC women's lacrosse game on Wednesday afternoon.
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. / IHC) 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. / Williamsville East) 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. / Aquinas) 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. / Canandaigua) checked into the game and Potsdam went to work on offense getting two goals back on strikes from freshmen Hannah Keggins (Watertown, N.Y. / Watertown) and Michaela Cole (Parishville, N.Y. / Parishville-Hopkinton).
Potsdam will host No. 20 Fredonia on Saturday at 11 a.m. for Senior Day.