Knights women's lacrosse holds on for 10-9 win over Oswego State
Potsdam, NY – Thanks to an insurance goal from Abby Collins with less than eight minutes to go, the Clarkson University Women's Lacrosse held on for a narrow 10-9 win over Oswego State Wednesday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights improved to 2-1 on the season and will continue their non-league stretch with a game on Saturday at Utica College. Oswego State lost its first contest of the year, dropping to 2-1.Snowflakes fell throughout the game but they did little to deter Oswego State in the opening minutes. The Lakers scored twice in a span of just 25 seconds in the first three minutes of the game to take an early lead and extended their advantage to 4-1 within the opening 6:04 of the contest. Still down by three goals five minutes later (5-2), the Knights began to assert themselves on both offense and defense, outscoring Oswego 4-1 over the final 16 minutes of the contest. Sophomore Katie Sergeant got things going for the Knights, scoring with an extra-player opportunity at 15:50 and then adding another goal at 13:20 to bring Clarkson within one. Late in the half, both Jaid Baytos and Abby Collins delivered to put the Knights up one, but Oswego's Toni Laneve scored shortly thereafter and knotted the game up at 6-6 at the break.
Oswego found the back of the net early in the second half to take a 7-6 advantage, but that was the last lead that the Lakers would enjoy as Marisa Clark scored at 26:15 to tie the game up and Sergeant added her third goal of the game at 22:09 to put Clarkson up by one. Taylor Collins scored at 19:18 to put the Knights up by a pair of goals, but the Lakers wouldn't let things get out of hand. Gemma O'Kane scored unassisted at 11:33 to trim the lead back to one. Six minutes later the margin was again just a single goal.
From that point, Clarkson's defense helped lock down the Oswego attack, forcing two turnovers with pressure and not allowing the Lakers to take a shot. An errant pass late allowed Clarkson to regain possession and simply hold on to the ball for the final 85 seconds without having to take a shot. Several Clarkson players ran around the net and in front without making an attempt on the goal, with Jaid Baytos gathering control late to make sure Oswego could make no last chance efforts.
Clarkson held a 32-17 edge in shots, including a 25-13 in shots on goal. The Knights also possessed a 15-6 advantage in draws and 21-15 lead in groundballs.
Sergeant scored three goals and Baytos contributed three points on two goals and an assist. Marisa Clark (1-1), Taylor Collins (2-0) and Abby Collins (2-0) also notched two points each. Taylor Collins added four groundballs and five caused turnovers to her stat line as well. Samantha Gladd denied four shots in the win.
For the Lakers, Teresa Shattuck recorded five assists while Riley Jaquin, Gemma O'Kane, and Toni Laneve each scored two goals. Nicole Granteed produced three groundballs and caused three turnovers. Angela Ponto was busy in the Oswego crease with 15 saves.