BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s lacrosse team (4-6, 1-3 SUNYAC) allowed five unanswered goals during a six-minute stretch that spanned through the first and second halves, as Buffalo State (7-5, 2-2) handed the Lakers a 17-10 loss Tuesday afternoon at Coyer Field.
Eighty seconds into the game, Kendra Thomas turned a Bengal defensive clear into an assist for Niki Paulhardt’s first goal of the contest. After two more goals and a free position goal, Sarah Kirchberger found the back of the net and Buffalo State took a five-goal lead at the 20-minute mark.
Minutes later, the Lakers battled back, adding two goals from Erannan Shattuck (Fr., Syracuse, N.Y.) and Kaila Curtalo (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.) to make the score 5-2. A free position goal from Miranda Czechowski (So., West Seneca, N.Y.) and another from Courtney Cosentino (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) soon after saw Oswego State bring the game within one goal.
Kirchberger again found the back of the net, only to be answered with an Oswego State goal from Jayme McCreary (Waterloo, NY) to keep it a one-goal contest. However, Buffalo State controlled the rest of the first half by scoring four straight goals to take a 10-5 lead at halftime.
Both teams began the second half trading goals with Laker markers from Cosentino, Candace Tarana (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.), and Corinne Marsh (Jr., Endwell, N.Y.) to keep it a five-goal contest.
Oswego State’s free position goal from Mackenzie Kjerstad (Baldwinsville, NY) and another from Cosentino with less than eight minutes remaining in the game, but the Lakers were unable maintain their scoring pace, as the Bengals closed out the contest with three goals for the 17-10 victory.
Nikki Greco (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) started the game for the Lakers, but was unable to make any saves in the first 13:17. Lauren Marois (Sr., Clifton Park, N.Y.) took over in the cage and finished the game with 10 saves. Adelena DiDuro and Colleen George combined to make seven saves.
The Lakers pick up play Thursday afternoon at home against Morrisville at 4 p.m.