West Palm Beach, FL - For only the second time in over 360 games over the course of 35-plus seasons, the Clarkson University Women's Lacrosse team held its opponent scoreless as the Golden Knights recorded a 17-0 victory over the University of St. Joseph Thursday afternoon at Lake Lytal Park.
The Golden Knights evened their record at 3-3 overall heading into conference play next weekend, going 2-1 on the spring trip. The Blue Jays dropped to 0-3 on the season.
It took more than seven minutes for the Knights to pick up their first goal when Mollie Simmons (Clinton, CT) tallied at 22:39, but Clarkson would never endure a scoring drought as long as the initial 7:21, producing goals with regularity and diversity for the rest of the contest. Eleven different players scored at least one goal in the game, but it was Clarkson's defense that stood out for the second straight game. Clarkson out shot the Blue Jays 33-7 and held St. Joseph without a shot until the 15:30 mark of the first half, the second straight time that the Knights have held a team without a shot for the first 14 minutes of a contest.
Paige Fayette (Theresa, NY) led the Knights with four points, recording three goals and an assist and Abby Doyle (Syracuse, NY) also recorded three goals. Danielle Faivus (Oswego, NY) added three points with a goal and two assists and Simmons and Rachel Kenyon (Binghamton, NY) each had two goals. Kara DiNatale (Auburn, NH) and Dani Tani (Heuvelton, NY) combined to make six saves in the shutout, while Anne Pitoniak stopped 10 shots for St. Joseph.
The goose egg on the scoreboard marked only the sixth time in Clarkson history that the Knights have allowed one goal or less, and it was the first shutout since Clarkson blanked Wells College 7-0 during the 1989 season. In three games so far this season, the Blue Jays have been outscored 47-13.