POTSDAM, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam women's lacrosse team (4-9, 0-6 SUNYAC) trailed by as many as five goals in the second half, but scored with 13 seconds left to force overtime. However, No. 20 Fredonia State (11-3, 5-1) spoiled the upset with a goal in the extra session to capture the 12-11 victory on the Bears' Senior Day.
The Blue Devils opened up a 4-1 lead over the first 20 minutes of the contest. Potsdam's first goal came at 16:10 as junior defender Emily Petit (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) scored on a free position. At 10:10, junior midfielder Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) buried a pass from sophomore attack Bri McClusky (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart). The Blue Devils answered 25 seconds later, but Potsdam juior attack Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y./Williamsville East) closed the half with an unassisted marker at 8:14 and a free position goal at 4:20. The Bears trailed just 5-4 at the break.
Fredonia opened the second half fired up and scored four straight goals to grab its biggest lead of the contest at 9-4. McClusky got Potsdam going again with an assist on Wall's goal at 23:51, but the Blue Devils regained the five-goal advantage at 20:54. McClusky fed Wall again at the 20:15 mark to start a 3-0 run. With the score 10-6, the Bears stepped up their pressure in the offensive zone. At 17:16, McClusky forced a turnover by Fredonia freshman goalie Christina Mathewson (Watertown, N.Y./Watertown) and put the ball in the net to make it 10-7. Just over a minute later, Mathewson coughed up the ball again and this time it was freshman attack Sarah Glagolev (Webster, N.Y./Webster-Thomas) making her pay. Fredonia scored its final goal of regulation at the 14:18 mark to go up 11-8, but Potsdam closed out the contest with another 3-0 run to force overtime. McClusky scored an unassisted goal at 7:17. Freshman defender Hannah Keggins (Watertown, N.Y./Watertown) knocked down a Mathewson clearing attempt at 3:38, scooped up the ground ball and fired it home to close the gap to 11-10. With 31 seconds left, Mathewson stopped a shot from Weigel, but collected her own rebound. She then found Wall who knotted the score at 11-all with 13 ticks remaining. The Blue Devils won the ensuing draw control, but Petit intercepted their last opportunity and ran out the clock.
In the six-minute overtime, Fredonia outshot Potsdam just 2-1. The decisive tally came off the stick of junior midfielder Marissa Cussins (Corning, N.Y./Corning West) at 3:13. The Bears best chance at the equalizer came with under two minutes left, but Wall's shot sailed just high.
In goal, senior Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y./Eastridge) had another fine outing on Senior Day. The Bears' captain finished with 11 saves and robbed the Blue Devils on several point blank scoring chances. Mathewson finished with 14 saves to earn the victory.
Cussins led Fredonia with a game-high six points on five goals and one assist. Junior attack Katie Glagolev (Webster, N.Y./Webster-Thomas) totaled four goals for the Blue Devils and freshman midfielder Kristie Kleine (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) contributed a goal and four helpers.
The Bears wrap up their season on the road with two games next week. Potsdam heads to No. 2 and undefeated Cortland for a Tuesday showdown at 4 p.m. The Bears then close the season on Saturday with a contest at Buffalo State at 1 p.m.