Senior attacker Brigid Hurley continued to wield a hot stick and St. Lawrence University's women's lacrosse team held off arch-rival Clarkson 16-13 in an exciting Liberty League matchup between the two teams at Hall-Leet Stadium on a cold and blustery Tuesday afternoon.
While the weather may have been cold, the offenses were not as the two teams combined for 29 goals with each team's big guns doing the bulk of the scoring. Hurley and Stephanie O'Rourke, first and third on the Saint scoring chart, combined for nine goals while Clarkson's Alyssa Cristaldi and Christine Wright scored eight of the 13 Golden Knight goals in the game. SLU finished with a 36-24 edge in shots on goal, and outscored the Knights 11-7 in the second half after trailing 6-5 at the intermission.
The Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead at Caroline Bailey scored her eighth of the year just 45 seconds into the game and Hurley scored the first of her six with 24:31 to go in the half. The Knights responded with six unanswered, three by Wright, two by Cristaldi and the other from Katie VanDeValk to take a 6-2 lead 9:40 into the game, but then the Saints went on a run of their own.
SLU scored the final three goals of the first half, two of them by Hurley and the other by Carly VanTassel, and the first five of the second half to take a 10-6 lead. Hurley scored twice, O'Rourke once and Holly Noyes and Caroline Bailey added goals in the Saint run to open the second half.
"We thought going into the game that whoever came away with the draw controls was going to win the game, and that's the way it played out," said Saint coach Jodi Canfield. "We got some big ones when we needed them."
The Saints led 13-8 after Hurley's sixth of the game with 15:22 to go in regulation, but Clarkson scored three of the next four to cut the lead to 14-11 with 7:31 to go. Bailey scored her third of the game off a fast break set up by Joey Kelley's draw control with 4:28 to go for a 15-11 Saint lead, but Kerrie Cline scored with 2:36 to go and Cristaldi scored with 1:32 left to cut it to 15-13.
The Saints won another draw and Bailey scored her fourth of the game into the empty net with 49 seconds left as Clarkson goalie Kara DiNatale had to come out to double-team and help get the ball away. The Saints then regained possession and ran out the clock to preserve the win.
DiNatale finished with seven saves for Clarkson while Adden Cunningham had a number of point blank saves among her six to earn the win for the Saints.
SLU, now 6-4 overall and 2-1 in league play will play a league doubleheader at Bard and Vassar Friday and Saturday while Clarkson, 6-2, 1-2, plays the same teams in the inverse order.