Scoring the final four goals of the contest and shutting down the opposition for the final six minutes, the Clarkson University Women's Lacrosse team came away with a 20-15 victory against Oswego State Tuesday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights improve to 5-1 overall this season and will begin conference play this weekend when they host the University of Rochester. Oswego State fell to 1-3 through four games.
Both teams came out hot offensively, combining for seven goals in the first five minutes of the contest. Though the pace slowed somewhat, neither team could gain much of a foothold. Clarkson held a three-goal advantage (5-2), but once Oswego came back to tie the game at 5-5, neither team ever held more than a two-goal lead until the waning moments of the contest.
In the second half, Oswego State took advantage of a penalty called on Clarkson's Robyn Baumgartner (Bethel, CT). The Lakers tallied three straight in less than two minutes to take a 13-12 lead with 16 minutes remaining. However, from that point on the Lakers were outscored by the Golden Knights 8-2 thanks to five different goal scorers from Clarkson.
An offensive-minded game produced some impressive point totals for several individuals. Saryn Campbell (West Bolton, VT) led all scorers with eight points on six goals and two assists, while Kimberly Loucks (Waterloo, NY) scored a game-high seven goals on just nine shots. Freshman Katie VanDeValk (Baldwinsville, NY) added five points with three goals and two assists, while both Alyssa Cristaldi (North Syracuse, NY) and Baumgartner each added two goals and an assist. Clarkson goalkeeper Hannah Walters (Amherst, NH) made 11 saves for the Knights.
Rachael Raffa led Oswego with four goals and two assists for a team-high six points, while Kristen Darcy added four goals and an assist for five points. Bri Borrow and Stephanie Cronk each contributed two goals. Ashlee Engel had a game-high six groundballs for the Lakers, and also made 10 saves in 48 minutes of action. Nicole Nalle came on in relief late and made two saves in 12 minutes.
Cristaldi's first goal of the game helped her break the freshman record for goals in a season at Clarkson. She now has 24 scores through only six games.