Clarkson women's lacrosse falls at Geneseo, 15-6
Geneseo, NY – Neither team scored for close to 13 minutes in the first half, but once the goals started the Clarkson University Women's Lacrosse team was unable to keep up, dropping a 15-6 decision to SUNY Geneseo on Wednesday afternoon.
The Golden Knights saw their mark evened at 2-2 on the season while Geneseo remained unbeaten at 3-0. Clarkson begins the Liberty League schedule on Saturday when it hosts Rensselaer.Although Geneseo finally did make it to its season average of 15 goals per game, the Golden Knights silenced the home team for the first portion of the opening half. Unfortunately, the Green and Gold could not capitalize on their defensive effort, as the offense was quieted just as much as Geneseo. Aubrey Borgesi finally broke through at the 17:00 mark to put Clarkson up 1-0, but Geneseo responded with three goals in a stretch of 96 seconds to take a 3-1 lead. The home team extended its advantage to three with a man-up goal at 5:49, but another goal from Jaid Baytos in the final minutes of the first half pulled Clarkson back to within two, 4-2.
Baytos scored again in the first few minutes of the second half to make the score 4-3 and the Golden Knights trailed by only two after Abby Collins converted at 16:57. However, the final 15-plus minutes belonged to Geneseo as the advantage in loose balls on draws and on groundball pickups began to mount. Geneseo scored five unanswered goals to take an 11-4 lead and closed out the half with a 9-2 run in the final 16 minutes.
Sydney Roderick scored three points with one goal and two assists to lead Clarkson, while Baytos chipped in two scores. Amanda Ellman was busy on the defensive end with three caused turnovers and five groundballs, while Samantha Gladd stopped 13 shots in the Clarkson crease.
For Geneseo, Hannah Marafioti and Megan Henderson each scored five points (3-2-5) with five groundballs. Tessa Doody chipped in four points with three goals and an assist and Mallory Max added two goals and five groundballs. Tess McFadden made 11 saves for Geneseo.
Geneseo became the first team this year to outshoot Clarkson, holding a 41-24 advantage overall and a 28-17 edge in shots on goal. Geneseo also led in draw controls (17-6) and groundballs (29-18).