SUNY Canton women's lacrose team falls to Keuka, 12-7
Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:16 am

CANTON -- Sophomore Tressa Goolden (Canton) fired in three goals and freshman Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, Conn.) made a season-high 20 saves against Keuka College on Saturday, as the Storm spoiled the Roos home opener with a 12-7 win.

Both teams had to battle through bitter, cold temperatures throughout the day, and a spirited rally by the Roos came up just shy as they dropped to 0-2 overall.

Freshman Keeley Rice (Potsdam, N.Y.) added one goal and one assist, and sophomore Devyn Hutcheson (Oswego, N.Y.), senior Brittani Bessette (Canton, N.Y.) and freshman Megan Poupore (Massena, N.Y.) each scored once.

Keuka popped in two goals in a three-minute span of the first half to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Rice scored unassisted with 22:17 left and Goolden connected for her first goal off a free position shot four minutes later to knot the game 2-2. Keuka scored three straight to close the half and take a 5-2 lead into the break.

The Storm kept up the momentum to start the second half scoring four goals in a three-minute stretch to build a commanding 9-2 lead with 20:38 left in the game.

But SUNY Canton settled down and bolstered by several point blank saves from Altschuler and key draw controls, was able to reel off four straight goals to slash the seven-goal lead down to three.

Bessette started the rally when she pounced on a loose ball just outside the crease and knocked it in the net with 19:25 remaining. Goolden then scored her second free position goal with 16:08 left to make it 9-4.

A minute later Poupore took a feed from Rice and rifled in her first collegiate goal, and Goolden finished the run with another free position goal with 13:25 on the clock. But that’s as close as SUNY Canton would come, as the Storm outscored the Roos 3-1 over the final seven minutes. Hutcheson netted the Roos final goal scoring unassisted with 58 seconds left.

Taylor Smith tossed in five goals with one assist to lead Keuka, and Molly Hogan and Korie Fitzgerald combined to make seven saves in goal.

SUNY Canton hits the road on Sunday to play at Cazenovia College at 1 p.m.