The St. Lawrence University women's lacrosse team used a second half surge to defeat North Country foe SUNY Potsdam on Thursday evening by the score of 12-7 in Potsdam, NY. Carly VanTassel and Hannah Calvelli each scored a hat trick, while Addie Cunningham turned in a 12-save performance to secure the win.
St. Lawrence improved to 2-3 on the season as the Saints put together a trio of three-goal runs in the victory which snapped a two-game skid. Meanwhile, the Bears fall to 1-3 despite finishing with a 29-26 advantage in shots. The Saints closed with a 25-19 edge in ground balls.
The Saints went to intermission with a 5-3 lead, as the visitors used a 6-3 advantage in draw controls and a 17-13 edge in shots to build the two-goal cushion. They raced out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 7:54 of regulation, as Caroline Bailey opened the scoring before Calvelli and VanTassel scored 1:27 apart for the three goal lead. Parker Benedict and Michaela Maybee earned assists.
Potsdam rebounded with a pair of goals from Bri McCluskey, but Bailey and VanTassel answered for a 5-2 lead. The Bears got one closer before the break when Bailey Weigel capped the scoring with :25 seconds left in the half, giving her team a boost within two at 5-3.
After Maybee and Potsdam's Brittany Blake exchanged goals to open the second half scoring, the Saints scored six of the next seven tallies to put the game away. Abigail Horan scored back-to-back goals only 1:04 apart for an 8-4 lead before Calvelli made it 9-4 moments later. After Weigel pulled the Bears one closer at 9-5 with 18:32 to play, the Saints rattled off three goals in 3:21 for a 12-5 advantage. Kiera Taussig, VanTassel and Calvelli put St. Lawrence in charge with 10:32 to play.
Though Potsdam got goals from Katie Lapinski and Blake in the final minutes, it wasn't enough to threaten St. Lawrence's lead as the game went final at 12-7.
Cunningham delivered when the Saints needed her most, as she posted six saves in the second half compared to Bears' goalie Jen Chmiel, who made only two stops in the later period. It was the third game this season that Cunningham has made double-digit saves.
St. Lawrence will be in action again next Friday, March 28 when the team opens the 2014 Liberty League schedule in Geneva, NY against the William Smith Herons at 4:00pm.