Brockport Storms past Oswego State women’s lacrosse team

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Brockport scored nine of the final ten goals in the first half to grab an 11-4 lead over the Oswego State women’s lacrosse team, and looked back as the Lakers (3-6, 0-4 SUNYAC) were defeated 23-11 by the Golden Eagles (8-2, 4-1 SUNYAC) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day.

The game started with each team’s goalie coming up with big saves in the early going, as Oswego State held a 3-2 lead 14 minutes into the contest. Karen Bianchi posted the first goal in the fourth minute for Brockport followed shortly by a Rachael Raffa (Sr., Kings Park, N.Y.) score after an Erin Cummings (Sr., Valley Cottage, N.Y.) pass. Raffa tallied two more goals over the next ten minutes to give the Lakers a one-goal lead, as Katie Sullivan also scored for the Golden Eagles.

Brockport’s Katie Zartman accounted for the next two markers, helping fuel a 6-0 run for the visitors before Cummings tallied her 38th goal of the season to make the score, 8-4, with 4:26 left in the frame. Sarah Brown was on the receiving end of two Zartman passes and Allyson Wolf recorded the first three goals to close out the stanza, as the Golden Eagles took an 11-4 lead into halftime.

Both squads traded goals early in the second half, as Cummings, Raffa, and Kelly Collins (Sr., Fairport, N.Y.) accounted for the Oswego State goals to bring the score to 14-7. Danielle Citro (Jr., Miller Place, N.Y.) and Kaila Curatalo (So., Rochester, N.Y.) registered the next two marks for the home team to pull to within five goals, but that would be as close as the Lakers would get as Brockport rattled off three straight goals to go up 17-9 with 14:18 remaining.

Cummings and Raffa closed out the scoring for Oswego State before the Golden Eagles closed out the game.

Raffa wrapped up the game with five goals, while Cummings posted three goals and two assists. Citro, Ashley Curaba (So., Coram, N.Y.), and Kasey Kuzma (Jr., Endicott, N.Y.) each recorded assists.

Brockport was paced by Zartman’s five goals and three assists followed by four goals from Sarah Brown, who also added five helpers.

Senior Nicole Nalle (Oswego, N.Y.) suffered the loss, stopping eight shots in the first half. Ashlee Engel (Jr., Webster, N.Y.) posted six saves in the second half. Brockport’s Bree Galloway ended up with seven saves and 11 goals allowed.

Prior to the game, Oswego State recognized the program’s six seniors, Kelly Collins, Liz Conrad (Sr., Jackson, N.J.), Erin Cummings, Nicole Nalle, Rachael Raffa, and Michelle Stepien (Sr., Oswego, N.Y.).

The Lakers travel to New Paltz on Tuesday to face the Hawks at 4 p.m.