Strong second half start carries Roos women's lax past Knights for first time
Potsdam, NY – The SUNY Canton women's lacrosse team used four unanswered goals in the first six minutes of the second half to defeat host Clarkson University, 13-11, Tuesday afternoon in Potsdam. The win marks the first victory for the Roos over the Knights and their third consecutive victory of the season.
Just 19 seconds into the second stanza Nikki Holmes (Ogdensburg, NY) netted her third of the year to break an 8-8 halftime tie. Tressa Goolden (Canton, NY) rattled off three straight goals, two of which were off assists from Joelle Percy (Black River, NY), to open the largest lead for either team in the contest as SUNY Canton (5-4) led 12-8.The Knights (4-7) responded with three of the next four goals to get within 13-11 with 10 minutes remaining but the Roo defense would come up huge shutting the door and holding Clarkson scoreless the remainder of the contest.
Clarkson opened the game scoring the first two goals of the contest. The Roos retorted with the next two as Goolden scored on a free position shot and Hannah Christiansen (Lake View, NY) assisted a Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, ON) tally.
The teams exchanged a pair of goals and SUNY Canton took its first lead of the game at 5-4 with 18:32 left in the first half when Keeley Rice (Potsdam, NY) fed Percy for her ninth marker of the season. Rice scored the next two goals for the visitors and Goolden beat the Knight goalie receiving a Holmes pass. The two teams played to an 8-8 tie at intermission.
Goolden paced the Roos scoring six of the team's 13 goals, upping her season total to 30. All eight of her shots were on target, six of which beat the goaltender. Percy led SUNY Canton with three draw controls, while Christiansen forced three turnovers.
Becca Kieffer (Lee Center, NY) had another huge game in net stopping 12 of the 23 shots she faced on the day, while picking up a game-high three ground balls. Dani Tani and Kara DiNatale combined to make six saves in net for the Golden Knights. The teams combined to go a perfect 31-for-31 on clear attempts in the game.
The women's lacrosse teams hosts a pair of games this weekend. The Roos will square off with Colby-Sawyer College Saturday at 12:00 p.m. before a 1:00 p.m. start against Elmira College on Sunday.