Clarkson women's lacrosse impressive in 17-9 win at SUNY Canton
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 7:51 am

Freshman Christine Wright (Watertown, NY) scored five goals to lead the Clarkson University Women’s Lacrosse team through inclement weather and past SUNY Canton to open a season-ending, four-game road trip with a 17-9 victory on Tuesday afternoon.

The Golden Knights, who improved their record to 9-4 overall, will play at Oswego State on Thursday, at 4:00 p.m.

Clarkson led from the start against Canton (5-6) as senior Alyssa Cristaldi (North Syracuse, NY) opened the scoring just 29 seconds in. Wright tallied her first goal 21 seconds later and senior Kerrie Cline (Tuxedo, NY) made it 3-0 just 1:42 into the game. The Knights cruised to a 10-0 lead with 18:04 remaining in the first half, and held a 14-3 advantage through 30 minutes.

Clarkson scored the first three goals of the second half to build its lead to 17-3 with over 25 minutes to play. The Kangaroos closed out the game with the final six goals to make the score respectable.

Cristaldi and classmate Katie VanDeValk (Baldwinsville, NY) both finished with three goals and four points. Senior Jeannette Pendergast (Greenfield Center, NY) also scored three goals. Along with Cline, senior Noelle Miller (Hamburg, NY) and junior Danielle Faivus (Oswego, NY) rounded out Clarkson’s goal scorers with one each.

Keeley Rice tallied five goals for Canton.

Clarkson outshot the Kangaroos 26-21, including a 19-4 advantage in the first half. Canton held a 26-23 edge in groundballs. The Knights controlled 20-of-28 draws.

Junior Kara DiNatale (Auburn, NH) picked up the win in the Clarkson crease with one save in the first half. Freshman Stephanie Lynch (Baldwinsville, NY) posted six second-half stops for the Green and Gold.

Miller picked up a team-high six ground balls and dominated on draw controls, winning eight.