UTICA, N.Y. – Despite a strong second-half finish, the Oswego State field hockey team came up short in a 1-0 loss at Utica College on Wednesday afternoon. The Lakers were led defensively by goaltender Julie Janusz (Sr., Auburn, N.Y.), who recorded 10 saves on the day, as they fell to 1-2 overall.
The game began with Utica (2-1 overall) controlling the majority of the play and recording a flurry of shots in the early minutes. The Laker defense stood tall and survived the flurry as Janusz was able to withstand the Utica pressure. In spite of the visitors’ defensive efforts, the Pioneers opened the scoring in the 21st minute as Louise Steel-Norton converted on a crossing pass from Ally Sanders.
This goal sparked the Laker offense as they controlled the tempo of the game for the remainder of the first half. Although Oswego State held the advantage in penalty corners, which was 5-4, but the Lakers were unable to convert their chances and the half ended with the Pioneers holding a 1-0 advantage.
The second half began much like the first with Utica controlling the pace of the play. The Pioneers capitalized on early penalty corners and recorded several early shots on goal. Yet again, the Laker defense stood tall and managed to escape the pressure brought on by the opposition.
For the remainder of the game, the momentum swung heavily in favor of Oswego State as it managed to break through the Utica defense, creating numerous offensive opportunities. Right until the final whistle, the Lakers continued to apply pressure, but were unable to put one past goaltender Monica Storms.
Oswego State wrapped up the game holding a 10-9 advantage in penalty corners, but were outshot 16-9 in the contest.
The Lakers continue their play away from home in a tournament at Nazareth College. Oswego State will play the host Nazareth Saturday morning at 11 a.m.