GENEVA, NY--The St. Lawrence University field hockey team tried to rally from a three-goal deficit in the second half on Sunday, but was unable to score the equalizer in a 4-3 loss to Manhattanville in Geneva, NY. Junior Erika Swits had a pair of goals for the Scarlet and Brown, while classmate Taylor Vogt added a goal and an assist.
St. Lawrence falls to 2-3 after consecutive losses, while the Valiants improved to 2-4 overall thanks to a 12-save outing by goalie Melissa Grant.
Manhattanville built a 2-1 lead in the opening half, including the first goals of the 2010 season by Colleen Macedo and Alyssa Tourdot. Macedo gave the Valiants a 1-0 advantage at 19:08 when she blasted a shot off of a penalty corner past St. Lawrence rookie netminder Nicole Matos. Tourdot then made it 2-0 when she tucked a shot past Matos on a scramble in front at 32:17.
Swits tried to swing the momentum in the Saints' favor before halftime, as the Ballston Spa, NY native answered only 19 seconds after Tourdot's goal to make it 2-1 Manhattanville. Swits' first goal of the contest and third of the season was assisted by Vogt, who crossed the ball from the left wing to the middle of the field where Swits was able to beat Grant.
After being outshot 8-4 in the first half, St. Lawrence forced the issue in the second half, outshooting the Valiants by a sizable 17-5 margin. However, it was Manhattanville that scored consecutive goals only 3:10 apart to take a 4-1 lead. Megan Greene made it 3-1 at 51:08 when she slammed a rebound by Matos, while Kayla Meenan's shot at 54:18 hit the goalkeeper, but trickled across the line for a three-goal lead.
Swits struck again and cut her team's deficit to two at 56:59. This time, senior Brooke Maloney set up her teammate who scored her fourth goal of the season to keep the Saints within striking distance. Vogt then followed with 6:13 remaining in regulation with an unassisted goal, as she collected a deflection in front and stuffed the ball inside the right post to bring the score to 4-3.
However, Manhattanville was able to buckled down and protect Grant, who had 10 saves in the second half alone to help the Valiants escape with the 4-3 victory.
St. Lawrence finished with a 21-13 edge in shots, but it was Manhattanville that controlled the penalty corners, finishing with a 10-5 advantage. Grants' 12 saves were the difference in the game, as Matos finished with six saves for the Scarlet and Brown.
The Saints will now turn their attention to the 2010 Liberty League regular season, as they will host Rensselaer in the first game of conference play at North Country Field on Friday, September 24 at 4:00pm.