OSWEGO – The Oswego State field hockey team was unable to overcome the strong defensive play of Keystone College en route a 2-1 loss on Saturday afternoon at South Athletic Field. The Lakers outshot the visiting squad by a double-digit margin, but struggled to find the back of the net. Oswego State dropped to 5-9 overall with the loss, while Keystone improved to 4-6 overall.
The first pace began with a slow start as both teams struggled to penetrate the opposing defenses. As the half continued, Oswego State gained control of the tempo, generating numerous scoring opportunities and being awarded with 15 penalty corners in the half. The Lakers were unable to take advantage, though, due to the strong play of the Giants defense and goalkeeper Mary-Grace Piazza.
In the final five minutes of half, Keystone opened the scoring when Hope Krolewski deflected a Keystone shot past Laker goalie Julie Janusz (Sr., Auburn, N.Y.) for 1-0 lead at the break.
The second half proved to be much of the same for the Lakers as they outplayed the visiting squad by a large margin, but only managed to score one goal in the frame. Krolewski doubled the lead for the Giants in the 33rd minute. The goal motivated the Laker offense further as Jordan McGuire (Sr., Macedon, N.Y.) sent a hard shot from a distance on a pass from Courtney Collins (Fr., Fairport, N.Y.) to put the Lakers within one goal.
Oswego State continued put the defense on its heels, but Keystone held on for the 2-1 victory. The next Laker game happens Tuesday at 4 p.m. when they host the Cardinals of St. John Fisher.