Saints women storm past Clarkson in second half of lax, win 13-5
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 3:56 am

The St. Lawrence University women's lacrosse team used a six-goal run in the second half to knock off Clarkson University by the score of 13-5 on Tuesday in Potsdam, NY. Junior Brigid Hurley led all scorers with four goals for the Scarlet and Brown, while senior co-captain Paige Powell made nine saves.

The Saints improve to 5-4 (2-1) after outshooting the Golden Knights 26-21 and winning the draw control battle, 12-8. Meanwhile, Clarkson falls to 3-5 (0-3) after converting only 2-of-12 free position shots.

Senior co-captain Alanna Piroli and junior Stephanie O'Rourke each added three goals for St. Lawrence, while Saryn Campbell led Clarkson with a pair of tallies.

Hurley opened the game with a pair of goals only 1:30 apart before Campbell and Katie VanDeValk answered for Clarkson to tie the game at 2-2 with 7:50 remaining in the half. Piroli would cap the scoring with two goals including one with only :25 seconds left in the stanza to give St. Lawrence a 4-2 edge at halftime.

Alyssa Cristaldi's 22nd goal of the year pulled Clarkson within one at 4-3 only 1:19 into the second half. However, the Saints would snag the momentum with six consecutive goals spanning much of the period to take firm control of the game. Hurley and junior Holly Noyes would score player-down goals, while O'Rourke scored three times in just over 12:00 minutes for a 9-3 cushion.

Senior co-captain Margie Bailey scored her first goal of the year to cap the six-goal run to make it 10-3 before Cassie Grace got one back for the Golden Knights. Piroli, Mackenzie Collins and Hurley would score in the final 6:00 minutes for the visitors, while Campbell capped Clarkson's scoring en route to the Saints' 13-5 victory.

Powell closed with a game-high nine saves including five in the second half, while first-year Adden Cunningham made two saves in the final 6:56 for the Saints. Hannah Walters closed with seven stops for Clarkson in the loss.

St. Lawrence will host the University of Rochester on Friday, April 13 at 4:00pm at Hall-Leet Stadium.