Depth Helps Oswego State Field Hockey Defeat Houghton, 2-0

OSWEGO, N.Y. – On an extremely hot day, the Oswego State field hockey team took advantage of its deep bench by scoring two second-half goals in a 2-0 win over visiting Houghton Saturday afternoon.  Ashley Collins (So., Whitney Point, N.Y.) registered a goal and an assist, while Kelly Collins (Sr., Fairport, N.Y.) broke the tie early in the second half.  The Lakers, who moved to 1-1 overall, will travel to Utica on Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. contest.

Oswego State controlled possession of the ball throughout the majority of the first half, but struggled to get deep inside the offensive early in the game.  As the period elapsed, the Lakers became more aggressive resulting in six penalty corners in the frame compared to just two for the Highlanders (1-1 overall).  Despite the margin in penalty corners and shots, which was 6-2 as well, Oswego State was unable to put any shots on goal.

It was not until a penalty corner early in the second half broke the scoreless tie.  Ashley Collins received the ball near the top of the arc, and took a shot that was deflected by the defense.  However, the rebound bounced right to Kelly Collins, who pounced on the loose ball in the 39th minute.

Less than two minutes later, another penalty corner resulted in a scramble in front of the net that saw the Lakers being awarded a penalty stroke.  Ashley Collins stepped up and took a shot that found the back of the net past diving Houghton goalie Hillery Duman to give Oswego State a two-goal lead.

The Lakers controlled the tempo from that point forward as the Highlanders could not generate any scoring chances.  Julie Janusz (Auburn, N.Y.) picked up the win after stopping three shots, while Duman suffered the loss with four saves.

Oswego State finished the game with a 16-6 advantage in shots and an 11-6 edge in penalty corners.