Hawks rally past Bears women's lax in OT, 15-14
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:15 am

NEW PALTZ, N.Y.—A big second half propelled SUNY New Paltz (4-2, 1-1 SUNYAC) to a 15-14 overtime victory over the SUNY Potsdam women's lacrosse team (3-4, 0-1) on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore attack Bri McClusky (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) had a career and game-high eight points on four goals and three assists to lead the Bears. Junior attack Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y./Williamsville East) added three goals and three assists and broke her own Potsdam single-game record with 15 draw controls. Senior attack Michelle Varney (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) also had three goals for the Bears. Talia Tesler had a game-high seven goals for New Paltz.

The two teams traded the first six goals of the contest before Potsdam pulled away with a 5-0 run late. Sophomore defender Maggie McCabe (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee), Varney and McClusky each scored for the Bears in the opening 11:29, but the Hawks answered each time. Weigel assisted on both McCabe and Varney's tallies and freshman attack Katie Lapinski (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) set up McClusky's marker. Both goals came on man-up situations. Weigel started the run and put Potsdam up for good at 14:19 on an assist from McClusky. Varney made it 5-3 nearly three minutes later on another assist from McClusky. McClusky then completed her own hat trick by scoring her second and third consecutively at 11:27 and 6:47. Varney then hooked up with Weigel again for her third of the day and Potsdam led 8-3 at the break.

Weigel buried her second goal on McClusky's fourth assist just 1:06 into the final period and McCabe scored her second at 26:41 to give the Bears their largest advantage of the game at 10-3. However, New Paltz would rally with an 11-4 run to send the contest to overtime. McClusky scored her fourth of the contest on a free position at 21:07. Weigel recorded her third goal of the game at 16:33 for a 12-7 Bears lead. Potsdam freshman attack Nicole Damon (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) struck for her second collegiate goal on an assist from junior midfielder Emily Petit (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) to make it 13-9 with 10:24 left. At the four-minute mark, sophomore midfielder Lizzie Marchbanks (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) scored with an assist from junior captain Katie Putnam (Chittenango, N.Y./Chittenango) to make it a 14-12 contest. However, Hawks Julia Johnson and Carissa Citro each scored in the final 1:55 knot the score at 14-14 after 60 minutes.

The Bears outshot New Paltz 4-2 in the six minute overtime, but it was Citro finding the back of the net at the 4:50 mark for the decisive tally.

Senior captain Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y./Eastridge) finished with 14 saves, while New Paltz goalie Jackie Ulanoff stopped 17 shops, including two in overtime to earn the victory.

Potsdam outshot New Paltz 42-36 and edged them 30-23 on ground balls. The Bears dominated the Hawks on draw controls by a 27-7 count.

Potsdam is back in action this Saturday when they head to 16th-ranked Brockport for a 1 p.m. contest.