Oswego State women’s lacrosse team opens season with a win

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s lacrosse team (1-0) opened the second half with six consecutive goals to break open a game en route to a 16-11 season-opening victory over Morrisville (1-3) Saturday afternoon. Rachael Raffa (Sr., Kings Park, N.Y.) paced the Lakers with seven goals, while Erin Cummings (Sr., Valley Cottage, N.Y) recorded three goals and three assists.

Morrisville’s Hilary Hartnett scored the first of her four goals on a free position shot 32 seconds into the game before Oswego State’s Corinne Marsh (So., Endwell, N.Y.) scored on a free position shot of his own over a minute later to trigger a 4-0 run by the Lakers.

The Mustangs responded with two goals to pull to within one goal at 4-3. Both squads exchanged scores until Cummings found the back of the cage for her second marker with 5:36 left in the half. Raffa followed up with a pair of goals to put the Lakers ahead 9-5 with three minutes before the break. Morrisville tallied two more markers to go along with another Raffa goal to make the score 10-7.

Oswego State started the second half on fire, as head coach Brandi Lusk’s squad received five goals from five different players over the first ten minutes of the frame to give the Lakers a sizable 15-7 advantage. During the stretch, Cummings scored a goal and handed out three assists. Kasey Kuzma (Jr., Endicott, N.Y.) tacked on another score with 9:56 remaining in the contest.

Morrisville closed out the game with four goals to account for the final score of 16-11.

Marsh finished with two goals for Oswego State, while Courtney Cosentino (So., Syracuse, N.Y.) registered two goals and Stephanie Cronk (Jr., Endwell, N.Y.) added another marker with two assists. Michelle Ruskey (Jr., Deerfield, N.Y.) also contributed one assist. Raffa also led the visitors with four ground balls.

In the cage, Laker Ashlee Engel (Jr., Webster, N.Y.) posted 18 saves on 37 Mustang shots for the win. Morrisville goalie Danielle Puzio tallied nine saves on 29 shots.

Oswego State will travel to Potsdam to face Clarkson on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot
Oswego State…….. 10  6 – 16
Morrisville State…  7  4 – 11

Oswego State SCORING: GOALS: Rachael Raffa 7; Erin Cummings 3; Corinne
Marsh 2; Courtney Cosentino 2; Stephanie Cronk 1; Kasey Kuzma 1.
ASSISTS: Erin Cummings 3; Stephanie Cronk 2; Michelle Ruskey 1.

Morrisville State SCORING: GOALS: Hillary Hartnett 4; Shelby Wood 3;
Lesa Ward 1; Jamie Anderson 1; Cassie Edmondson 1; Brittany Ellis 1.
ASSISTS: Alison Falkenburgh 1; Shelby Wood 1.

Oswego State GROUND BALLS: Rachael Raffa 4; Courtney Cosentino 3;
Danielle Citro 2; Erin Cummings 2; Miranda Czechowski 2; Ashlee Engel
2; Corinne Marsh 2; Stephanie Cronk 1; Kaila Curatalo 1; Kasey Kuzma
1; Michelle Ruskey 1.

Morrisville State GROUND BALLS: Cassie Edmondson 5; Jamie Anderson 4;
Alison Falkenburgh 4; Krista Baxter 3; Erin Rundle 3; Shelby Wood 3;
Hillary Hartnett 2; Megan Carlin 1; Brittany Ellis 1; Abby Muraco 1;
Lesa Ward 1; Jessica Young 1.

Oswego State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Miranda Czechowski 2; Courtney
Cosentino 1; Kasey Kuzma 1; Corinne Marsh 1; Rachael Raffa 1.
Morrisville State TURNOVERS CAUSED: Jamie Anderson 2; Cassie Edmondson
2; Krista Baxter 1; Megan Carlin 1; Alison Falkenburgh 1; Shelby Wood

SHOTS – Oswego State 29; Morrisville State 37.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Oswego State 25; Morrisville State 29.

PENALTIES – Oswego State 0/0:00; Morrisville State 0/0:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES – Oswego State 0-0; Morrisville State 0-0.

TURNOVERS – Oswego State 20; Morrisville State 19.

FACEOFFS – Oswego State 0-0; Morrisville State 0-0.

CLEARS – Oswego State 13-20; Morrisville State 8-17.

GOALIES – OSWWLAX: Ashlee Engel (60:00 minutes, 29 shots-18 saves, 11
GA); MORW2012: Danielle Puzio (60:00, 25-9, 16).