Thirteen straight goals highlights Clarkson women's lacrosse win over RIT
Potsdam, NY – An overwhelming second half effort saw the Clarkson University Women's Lacrosse team score on every shot on goal in the half as the Golden Knights turned a first-half deficit into a lopsided win with a 17-8 victory against RIT on Saturday afternoon at Hantz Turf Field.
The Golden Knights edged back above .500 with the win, moving to 7-6 overall and 3-3 in league games. RIT dropped to 5-8 overall and 3-5 in conference contests. Clarkson will be back at home next weekend when it hosts Skidmore and Union.The Green and Gold found themselves in a 6-1 deficit just eight-plus minutes into the contest and a Krystyna Sterio goal for RIT at 15:45 saw the Tigers leading comfortably at the midway point of the half. That goal was the last one that the Tigers would tally for more than 40 minutes as Clarkson rattled off 13 straight scores. Katie Sergeant scored at 15:08 to start a three-goal run to end the half for the Golden Knights, but the majority of the damage came in the second half.
Mia Petrone scored at 26:51 in the second half and Sydney Roderick scored two straight goals, with the latter coming at the 24:31 mark to put the Knights up 8-7. Clarkson would never trail again, or even have its lead truly threatened, as both the offense and defense of the Green and Gold ramped up to put the game away. Roderick scored at the 6:25 mark to give the Knights a 15-7 edge, although Alanna Fallone put an end to RIT's scoring woes with a goal at 5:18. It was too little, too late, though for the Tigers as Clarkson finished things off with a pair of goals from Jaid Baytos in the final four minutes.
Clarkson finished with a 31-22 lead in shots, including a 14-7 edge in the second half. Twelve of those 14 attempts were on goal, and anything that was between the pipes went in. Roderick finished with eight points on four goals and four assists while Lexi Smith (2-1-3), Abby Collins (1-2-3) and Aubrey Borgesi (3-0-3) each picked up three points. Jaid Baytos won 10 draws and Amanda Ellman led the defense with six groundballs and five caused turnovers. Samantha Gladd made seven saves for the Knights.
For RIT, Meghan Donohue scored three goals while Alanna Fallone (2-1-3) and Olivia Africa (1-2-3) each picked up three points. Maddi Dillabough was busy on defense with four caused turnovers and four groundballs.