Clarkson women's lacrosse suffers conference loss to U of R
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:18 pm

The Clarkson University Women's Lacrosse team could not hold on to a slim first-half lead as the University of Rochester outscored the Golden Knights 5-0 over the final 30 minutes to gain an 8-4 road win in Liberty League play at Hantz Turf Field on Friday afternoon.

Clarkson, which dropped its third straight league game, hosts conference rival RIT on Saturday in a 3:00 p.m. contest. The Knights stand at 3-6 overall.Cassie Grace completes a Clarkson clearing attempt against the Yellowjackets - photo by Lauren MaginCassie Grace completes a Clarkson clearing attempt against the Yellowjackets - photo by Lauren Magin

Sophomore Christine Wright (Watertown, NY), who was one of four goal scorers for Clarkson, opened the scoring eight minutes in, but Rochester (5-2, 1-1), answered back with three straight goals to hold a 3-1 lead with 13:26 remaining in the half. The Green and Gold finished the period strong with a three-goal run of their own to take a 4-3 lead at the break. Freshman Paige Fayette (Theresa, NY), junior Abby Doyle (Syracuse, NY) and freshman Ashley Flick (Watertown, NY) netted the late first-half goals for the Knights.

The Yellowjackets Mara Karpp scored the first of her two second-half goals just over two minutes after the break to start the visitors on their second-half surge.

Karpp and Danielle Diacovo paced the Rochester attacked with two goals each.

The Yellowjackets outshot the Knights 21-14 and also controlled ground balls by the same margin. Clarkson, led by sophomore Meaghan McKenna (Buffalo, NY), held an 8-6 advantage in draw controls. Junior Cassie Grace (Potsdam, NY) recorded a team-high three ground balls for the Knights.

Senior Kara DiNatale (Auburn, NY) made five saves on 12 shots through 57 minutes in the Clarkson goal. Sophomore Dani Tani (Heuvelton, NY) played the final minutes in goal for the Knights and caused one turnover and picked up a ground ball.

Marissa Traina made six saves in the Rochester goal.