Bears top Dolphins in Florida women's lacrosse opener, 14-8
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 7:33 am

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.—The SUNY Potsdam women’s lacrosse team (2-0) raced out to a 6-0 lead and finished off Mt. St. Vincent (1-1) 14-8 in its first of three games in Florida this week. Freshman midfielder Margaret Wall scored the first five goals of her Bears career to lead Potsdam.

Freshman midfielder Emily Petit started the 6-0 run with assist from senior captain Aubrey Macintosh just 50 seconds into the contest. Senior attack Sierra Langkammerer scored the next two goals eight minutes later to take sole possession of 10th place on the Bears’ all-time scoring list. Wall got her first on at the 17:40 mark followed by one each from senior midfielder Lizzy Penree and Macintosh to close the run.

After the Dolphins had fought to within 6-2, Potsdam closed the half with three of the next four markers. Junior attack Denise Johns, senior captain Whitney Boshart and Wall gave Potsdam a 9-3 halftime advantage.

Wall sandwiched two more goals around one from senior attack Maribeth Simmons to open the final period on a 3-0 Bears run. Mt. St. Vincent closed the contest on a 5-2 run of it’s own, but goals from Wall and Macintosh prevented the Dolphins from picking up any ground.

In goal, Potsdam senior captain Kaci Milligan earned the victory, allowing three goals and making one save in one half. Sophomore goalie Jen Chmiel played the final 30 minutes, stopping two shots and allowing five tallies. Kacie McCormack went the distance for Mt. St. Vincent, making 13 saves and giving up 14 goals.

Potsdam outshot the Dolphins 40-17 and collected 26 groundballs to Mt. St. Vincent’s 22.

Bears Head Coach Lauren Bruce was pleased with result and the location.

“I was certainly happy with the outcome and it’s nice to be here in Florida to focus on our game,” said Bruce. “ But it’s clear we still have a lot of work to do to get ready for conference play. Everyone got a chance to play today and Margaret Wall played extremely well. As she has through our first two games, Kaci Milligan seems to always be there when we need a big save. She gives our defense a chance to regroup when they need it.”

Potsdam is back in action tomorrow at 11 a.m. for its first ever meeting with Drew University (0-3) in the first round of the Spring Fling Tournament.