WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.—The Rochester Institute of Technology (3-3) used an early second half run to escape the SUNY Potsdam women's lacrosse team (3-3) 13-12 at the Spring Fling Tournament in West Palm Beach, Fla. on Thursday afternoon. Sage Sarkis had a game-high 11 points on an astounding 10 goals and one assist. Junior attack Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y./Williamsville East) had a career-high five goals and an assist to lead the Bears. Sophomore attack Bri McClusky (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) had two goals and four assists for another six-point day.
Potsdam jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first three minutes on two goals from Weigel. McClusky assisted on the first at 28:27 and sophomore defender Maggie McCabe (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) set up the second at 27:34. Sarkis knotted score with two straight seven minutes later. The Bears answered with a 3-0 run on goals from McClusky, freshman midfielder Alyssa Ferenczy (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville South) and McCabe. Freshman attack Katie Lapinski (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) recorded the helpers on McClusky and Ferenczy's tallies and McClusky assisted on McCabe's marker. Again Sarkis scored two in-a-row to get the Tigers to within 5-4 with 1:50 left in the half. Freshman attack Michaela Cole (Parishville, N.Y./Parishville-Hopkinton) finished a feed from Weigel 37 seconds later and Potsdam took a 6-4 advantage into the break.
Ferenczy made it 7-4 at the 22:36 mark of the final period. RIT answered with a 7-0 run on five goals from Sarkis and one each from Sydney DaCosta and Corrina Mandell. The 10-minute stretch gave RIT an 11-7 lead with 11:39 left. The Bears were far from finished. McClusky started a 3-0 run with a goal at 11:08. She then set up Weigel for the next two and the Bears trailed 11-10 at the 5:01 mark. Nicole Bingo got one back for the Tigers at 4:22 and Sarkis netted the eventual game-winner just over two minutes later to make it 13-10. Weigel scored with 56 seconds left and Cole cut the gap to one four seconds later, but Potsdam couldn't get the equalizer.
In goal, Bears senior captain Jen Chmiel (Rochester, N.Y./Eastridge) finished with 11 saves on the afternoon. RIT's Caitlin Conway made nine stops to earn the win. The Bears edged the Tigers in shots (32-31), ground balls (21-19) and draw controls (14-12). Weigel collected 11 draw controls, one shy of her single-game record.
Potsdam is back in action on Tuesday, April 1, when the Bears open up SUNYAC play at New Paltz with a 3 p.m. contest.