Thursday, 24 April 2014 19:14

Multiple Runs Erases Early Deficit in Oswego Road Win

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    OS Lacross The Oswego State women`s lacrosse weathered a slow start and thrived in the second half to down host Elmira College 12-9 at Campus Field on Thursday afternoon. With the nonconference win, the Lakers move to 11-5 on the season while the Soaring Eagles drop to 5-10.

     Oswego's 11 wins, thus far, ties it for the most by a Laker squad since the 2005 team also captured that amount of victories. The program mark for wins in a season is 12, set by the 1997 and 2000 teams. Oswego will have the opportunity to tie that total while also fighting for a spot in the SUNYAC Championship at 12 p.m. on Saturday when it plays at Oneonta in the final game of the regular season.

     Although Oswego notched the game's first goal, Elmira got up on the Lakers early, scoring four-straight goals to lead 4-1. Oswego would answer with a four-goal streak of its own, including three by sophomore Emily Lange.

     Lange scored the Laker's first four goals, tying the game at 4-4 single-handedly. Esther Gabriel regained the Oswego advantage at 5-4 with 2:05 to play in the opening 30 minutes. The Soaring Eagles were able to find the back of the net with 19 seconds showing on the clock to knot the game at 5-5 before the half.

     Lindsey Eggers assisted on three of the Oswego first half goals while Lange's third goal was shorthanded as Mackenzie Kjerstad was serving a yellow card.

     Elmira started the second half by stealing back the lead under three minutes into the period. This is when the momentum shifted for the Lakers as they scored seven of the contest's next eight goals to solidify a 12-7 advantage. After Elmira scored its seventh goal, Oswego held the Soaring Eagles off the board for an 18:58 stretch. With under 30 seconds left in the game, Elmira tallied two quick goals to arrive at the final score of 12-9.

     Lange led the way with a career-high six goals while Eggers also garnered a career-best with five assists. Gabriel had the next-most points for the Lakers, finishing with two goals and one assist while also having a team-high four draw controls. Erannan Shattuck (two goals) and Becky Guess (one goal, one assist) each had two-point days. Brittany Koelmel scored in the game to go along with a draw control, ground ball and caused turnover.

     Elise Tartaglia tied with Lange for a game-high three ground balls apiece. Tartaglia and Shattuck each paced the team with two caused turnovers.

     Nikki Greco played all 60 minutes in net for the Lakers, stopping seven shots on the afternoon.

     The team went 14-for-16 on its clear attempts while outshooting the Soaring Eagles 30-24.

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