The St. Lawrence University women's lacrosse team dropped its 2014 season opener on Friday afternoon, as Brockport State got four goals and an assist from Kelly Wall en route to a 14-6 victory in Brockport, NY. St. Lawrence's Caroline Bailey scored three goals in the loss, while goaltender Adden Cunningham turned in a 15-save performance.
The Saints, who were outside for the first time on Friday due to the harsh continuing weather conditions, were done in by 24 turnovers and a 67% mark in clears. Brockport improved to 3-1 after outshooting the visitors by a 35-12 margin and committing only 13 turnovers. Liz Algie added three goals and an assist for the Golden Eagles, while Remle Harr made five saves to earn the victory in net.
"Adden was outstanding, and our defense settled in throughout the game," said St. Lawrence head coach Jodi Canfield. "We made too many mistakes in the transition game and Brockport made us pay. I expect that we will see much improvement during our Florida trip."
The Eagles jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening 10:00 minutes, with Wall scoring a hat trick in 9:28 for the three-goal advantage. The Saints stayed within striking distance thanks to goals from Abigail Horan and Carly VanTassel, but the Golden Eagles closed the half on a 4-1 run to take a 9-4 lead into intermission.
Another 4-0 run by Brockport to start the second half put the game out of reach, as Algie scored two of her goals and assisted on another as the home team's lead grew to 13-4 with 14:45 to play in regulation. Though Bailey would score consecutive goals to make it a 13-6 game, Ciara McKeon capped the game scoring for a 14-6 Brockport win.
The Saints will head to West Palm Beach, FL for three games during the University's spring break. St. Lawrence will open its southern trip against Curry College on Monday, March 10 at 7:30pm.