Shaffer, strong second half help Saints Field Hockey down Oswego
Senior Tori Shaffer helped the St. Lawrence University field hockey team find its scoring touch late Friday night, scoring three goals in the Saints 5-1 win at Oswego State. First-year players Jackie Reiss and Sonya Sandhu also recorded their first collegiate goals in the win.
"It was great to see our offense come alive tonight and finish terrific offensive runs," head coach Fran Grembowicz said. "Defensively we held strong, breaking up Oswego's offensive push."Reiss' goal from a flat angle in the 19th minute gave the Saints the lead for good after she put the ball between the legs of Oswego goalkeeper Sarita Charap, who had come out to challenge.
Early into the second half, with the Saints leading 1-0, Sandhu sparked a four-goal burst with her tally in the 37th minute. Shaffer scored her first of three just 35 seconds later when she collected the loose ball at the side of the cage and pushed it behind a defender with Charap out of position. She scored her other two goals within the next 10 minutes, extending the lead to 5-0 before Oswego got on the board.
Riley Mallett spoiled the Saints' bid for their second straight shutout in the 65th minute, beating Lexi Oskam to cut the margin to 5-1. Oskam replaced starter Sophie Cardenali, who made three saves in nearly 50 minutes played for St. Lawrence.
The Saints finished with a 20-7 advantage in total shots and 16-4 edge in shots on goal.
With the win, St. Lawrence improves to 2-2 on the year, while Oswego falls to 0-2. It is the first game the Saints have scored five or more goals since posting a 5-3 win over Wells on September 10, 2016.
The Saints will travel to the William Smith Tournament in Geneva, New York, next week to play Lebanon Valley College and Manhattanville College.