Potsdam, NY – A slow start by the Clarkson University Women’s Lacrosse team allowed Potsdam State to get an early lead, but an impressive second-half statement by the Golden Knights blew the game open as the Green and Gold cruised to its first-ever 3-0 start with a dominating 13-6 victory over the crosstown rival Bears at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights have started the season with three straight victories and will host Elmira College at 2:00 pm on Sunday. The Bears, who fell to 3-2, had won three straight games by a combined score of 47-11 before the Knights handled them on Saturday.
Clarkson started off slow in the first half as Potsdam controlled the ball in the Knights’ defensive end for the first seven minutes, and the Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead just five minutes into the contest. A few minutes later Clarkson began to assert itself in all aspects of the game, and got on the scoreboard when Alyssa Cristaldi (North Syracuse, NY) tallied with just under eight minutes expired in the first half. The two teams would tussle back and forth for the remainder of the half, but Potsdam would go into the locker room with a one-goal lead, 5-4, when Sierra Langkannerer scored with 18 seconds on the clock.
The second half was an entirely different story as the Golden Knights dominated offensively and defensively. Clarkson held Potsdam to just 4-for-9 clears, and though the groundballs were fairly even, the Knights possessed the ball much more consistently and did more damage on their possessions. Clarkson owned a 21-9 edge in shots in the second half, converting for nine goals against Potsdam’s one score in the final 30 minutes. Clarkson began the half with five straight goals to take a 9-5 lead before the Bears had a brief reprieve to cut the lead to three. However, the Knights wouldn’t allow the momentum to shift for more than a few moments, rattling off four more scores to end the game with a seven-goal advantage.
Cristaldi led all scorers with four goals and two assists for six points, adding in a team-best four groundballs and three caused turnovers. Senior Kimberly Loucks (Waterloo, NY) added three goals and three groundballs. The remainder of the Clarkson offense was spread out among five different players as the Bears couldn’t key on all of the Knights’ offensive threats. Robyn Baumgartner (Bethel, CT) added two goals and an assist, while Katie VanDeValk (Baldwinsville, NY), Saryn Campbell (West Bolton, VT), Cammie Hayes (Queensbury, NY), and Kerrie Cline (Tuxedo, NY) each added a goal for the Knights. Hannah Walters (Amherst, NH) stopped five shots in the Clarkson goal.
Potsdam’s Carly Richards scored four points with three goals an assist, while three others each scored once to account for the Bears’ six scores. Kaci Milligan had a busy day in net for Potsdam, and stopped 12 of the 25 shots on goal.
Clarkson now holds an 11-5 edge in the all-time series against Potsdam, winning 11 of the last 13 meetings.