The St. Lawrence University women's lacrosse team dropped its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday, as nationally-ranked No. 19 Geneseo earned a 16-7 win over the Saints in Geneseo, NY. Senior co-captains Stephanie O'Rourke and Brigid Hurley each had a pair of goals for the Scarlet and Brown in the loss.
The Blue Knights (5-1) were led by Katey Hart's five goals. Emily Haggerty added a hat trick for the home team, which closed with a 35-16 advantage in shots including a thorough 21-5 performance in the first half. The Saints fall to 4-3 after committing 27 turnovers en route to a six-goal halftime deficit.
"We committed too many turnovers in the first half, and that really put us in a hole against a really talented team," said St. Lawrence head coach Jodi Canfield. "Geneseo was able to control the possession throughout the game. We'll look to re-group for the upcoming Liberty League season."
The Blue Knights opened up a 4-0 lead in the opening 6:07 before St. Lawrence answered with back-to-back goals to pull to within two. Rookies Michaela Maybee and Caroline Bailey got the Saints back to within striking distance midway through the half, but the momentum the visitors had was rebuffed by a five-goal run from Geneseo. Hart scored three straight goals in a 7:12 span for a 9-2 lead, though O'Rourke capped the first half scoring to bring St. Lawrence within six at 9-3 at intermission.
Geneseo would put the game away by scoring the opening four goals of the second half, including two from Haggerty and another from Hart for a 13-3 lead. The Saints would score four of the final seven goals in regulation from Hurley (2), O'Rourke and Chloe Knapp, but weren't able to claw back into contention as the Blue Knights celebrated the impressive 16-7 win.
St. Lawrence closed with a 3-for-7 mark in free position shots and trailed 14-11 in draw controls. Sophomore goaltender Adden Cunningham made nine saves in suffering the loss for St. Lawrence, while rookie Greta White made three saves in relief during the second half. Geneseo's Julie Bernatzky made six stops to earn the win for the Blue Knights.
The Saints will open a three-game home stand this weekend as the 2013 Liberty League season gets underway. St. Lawrence will host Rensselaer and Skidmore on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, before taking on Clarkson on Tuesday, April 2.