POTSDAM, N.Y. – Junior goalie Ashlee Engel (Webster, N.Y.) came up with 23 saves to help the Oswego State women’s lacrosse team nearly pull out the win against Potsdam (4-7, 1-3 SUNYAC), but in the end lost, 12-11, on Tuesday afternoon. The Lakers (2-5, 0-3 SUNYAC) trailed by one goal in the final four minutes, but were unable to send the game into overtime.
Oswego State started the game with a 3-1 lead eight minutes after goals from Corinne Marsh (So., Endwell, N.Y.), Rachael Raffa (Sr., Kings Park, N.Y.), and a free position goal by Danielle Citro (Jr., Miller Place, N.Y.). Potsdam took a one-goal lead eight minutes later before Erin Cummings (Sr., Valley Cottage, N.Y.) assisted a Raffa goal and scored an unassisted goal herself in a 22-second span to put the Lakers back in front, 5-4, with 11:41 remaining in the first half.
The teams continued to go back-and-forth until halftime when the Bears took an 8-7 lead into intermission courtesy of two Margaret Wall goals scored in the final two minutes. Kasey Kuzma (Jr., Endicott, N.Y.) and Cummings accounted for both Oswego State markers.
Potsdam established a two-goal advantage in the first minute of the second frame when Whitney Boshart scored. Kuzma answered back on the possession after receiving a pass from Cummings to make the score 9-8.
The scoring pace slowed down considerably the rest of the way, as neither squad scored for five minutes until Aubrey Macintosh posted a goal with 23:44 to play. Cummings netted her third goal of the game over six minutes later to again pull Oswego State to within one goal at 10-9.
Shortly after, Kuzma tallied a free position shot to even the score with 15:22 remaining. The Bears built up another two-goal lead until Candace Tarana (So., Rochester, N.Y.) recorded an unassisted goal with 4:31 on the clock. However, Oswego State was unable to attempt another shot the rest of the game, as it committed four turnovers on four possessions.
Engel kept the Lakers close, though, as she registered 15 of her 23 saves in the second half and forced Potsdam to finish the game 2-for-13 on free position shots. Her performance ties the second-highest single-game save total in program history. Oswego State was outshot 51-22 in the game and struggled to clear the defensive end, as it finished 10-for-22 in clear attempts.
Cummings and Kuzma ended with three goals each, while Raffa posted two and Marsh, Tarana, and Citro had one apiece.
Potsdam was paced by Wall and Maribeth Simmons, who tallied four goals each. Goalie Kaci Milligan finished with five saves.
The Lakers host Alfred in non-conference action on Thursdsay at 4 p.m.