Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - With its highest goal output of the season, the Clarkson University Women's Lacrosse team set a new standard with its eight victory of the season, beating Bard College 17-10 in Liberty Leaque action Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights improved to 8-2 overall and 3-2 in the Liberty League, one win better than last season and setting a new record in the 35-year history of the program.
Clarkson scored the first six goals lof the contest, including three by Christine Wright (Watertown, NY), gaining a 6-0 advantage by the 15:30 mark. The second half was more of the same, with the Knights recording four of the first five goals to take a 12-4 advantage early on. However, Bard would not go away, and kept the game close. The Raptors outscored Clarkson 6-5 for the final 20 minutes.
The Knights had seven different goal scorers in the conteset, led by Wright, who had six points on four goals and two assists, surpassing the 30-goal mark for the season. Senior Katie VanDeValk (Baldwinsville, NY) also blew past the 30-goal mark this season, producing three goals and two assists. Fellow 30-goal scorer Alyssa Cristaldi (North Syracuse, NY) added three goals and an assist and sophomore Danielle Tani (Heuvelton, NY) came off the bench to tally three goals, including two scores late to push the Knights lead to nine. Marissa Mastronardi (Cortland, NY) had a pair of second-half goals while seniors Nicole Kelly (Syracuse, NY) and Kerrie Cline (Tuxedo, NY) each tallied a goal. Kelly also dug a team-best five groundballs.
Kara DiNatale (Auburn, NY) stopped four saves in the first 54-plus minutes, and Steph Lynch (Baldwinsville, NY) made four stops in five-plus minutes of relief goaltending work. Clarkson possessed a 35-25 advantage in shots and also led in draw controls (17-12) and groundballs (25-22).