Strong second half propels Bears women's lacrosse past Mustangs, 19-15
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:01 am

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam women's lacrosse team (4-6) scored 13 second half goals to down Morrisville State (5-5) on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore attack Bri McClusky (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) scorched the Mustangs with a game and career-high 10 points on six goals and four assists. Senior attack Michelle Varney (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) also had career day with seven points on six goals and on assist. Junior attack Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y./Williamsville East) had four goals and a helper and totaled another 12 draw controls. Freshman goalie Devan Olschewske (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy) made six saves to improve to 3-0.

The teams swapped leads and goals in the tightly contested first half. Varney got the Bears on the board first three minutes into the contest on an assist from freshman midfielder Katie Lapinski (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams). The Mustangs tied the score 39 seconds later, but McClusky buried a free position goal at 23:49 to give Potsdam it's last lead of the half. Morrisville got the next two goals for a 3-2 lead with 19:26 on the clock. Varney tied the score on a free position at 14:29. After the Mustangs regained the lead, Weigel converted on another free position at 9:42. Morrisville got the next two tallies, but were answered in kind by Varney with a helper from sophomore midfielder Lizzie Marchbanks (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) at 1:11 and Weigel from Lapinski with 10 seconds remaining. However, the Mustangs had just enough time for one final goal in the half, finding the back of the net with one tick left and took a 7-6 advantage into the break.

The Bears seized control of the contest in the final period. Freshman attack Mariah Pierce (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) knotted the score at 7-7 just 2:06 into the half on an assist from McClusky and ignited a 6-1 run. Another Varney free position marker 25 seconds later, put Potsdam in front for good. At 25:28, Lapinski netted an unassisted tally and McClusky struck again at 24:12 for a 10-7 Bears lead. McClusky finished a feed from Varney 47 seconds later and Varney returned the favor for McClusky at 22:42 for a 12-8 advantage. Two straight Mustang tallies closed the gap to 12-10 with 17:58 to play, but Potsdam put the game away after that. A 5-0 Bears run gave Potsdam a commanding 17-10 lead at the 10:55 mark. McClusky scored three times during the seven-minute span, with the other two goals coming from Weigel and Varney. After two more Morrisville goals, the Bears regained the seven-goal advantage on tallies from freshman midfielder Michaela Cole (Parishville, N.Y./Parishville-Hopkinton) and Weigel's third of the game with 6:09 left. The Mustangs rallied for three goals in the final four minutes, but came up short as the Bears finished with the 19-15 victory.

Mustang goalie was tagged with the loss after allowing 16 goals and making seven saves in the first 48:07. Meagan Mack allowed the final three goals and stopped one shot in the last 11:53. Hunter Waldau scored six goals and added an assist for Morrisville, while Shelby Wood contributed three goals.

Potsdam outshot the Mustangs 35-28 and topped them in ground balls by a 25-18 count.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday at 3 p.m. when they host ninth-ranked SUNY Geneseo.