Lasko Leads Vassar to Comeback Win Over Clarkson

POTSDAM, NY (April 16, 2010) Senior attack Larisa Lasko scored the game tying goal with 3:46 to play and then notched the game winning goal with four seconds to play, converting a clutch steal by junior attack Moe Byrne, to lead the Vassar women's lacrosse team to a 15-14 come-from-behind victory over Clarkson in a Liberty League contest at Hantz Turf Field.

The victory snaps a four game losing streak for Vassar and improves the Brewers to 5-6, 1-4 on the season. Vassar travels to St. Lawrence for a 2:00 p.m. game on Saturday. With the loss, Clarkson drops to 6-4, 0-4 and hosts Rensselaer on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

The Brewers, who trailed 8-4 after the first half, outscored the Golden Knights 11-6 over the final 30 minutes to pull out the one-goal victory and their first Liberty League win of the season. Trailing 14-12 with just over 10 minutes to play, Vassar rallied for the win by scoring the final three goals of the contest.

Twelve of Vassar's 15 goals came courtesy of junior attack Sarah Warner, who have five in the contest, four from Morgan and three from Lasko, all of which came in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Feltch added two goals.

Morgan started the final offensive burst for the Brewers with her fourth goal of the game at 7:57 to make it 14-13. Lasko connected off an assist from Warner at 3:46 to tie the game, and then came through with the game-winner with four seconds left in regulation. Lasko finished off an assist from Byrne on a shot from the top of the crease for her third goal of the day.

Vassar sophomore goalie Heather Kesselman was a difference maker in the game for the Brewers, turning aside all three shots all point blank attempts by Clarkson she faced coming off the bench in the final 7:57 of play to record the win. Junior Nicole Engelhardt started the game in goal for the Brewers and made nine saves through 52:03 of action.

"This was a very hard fought game for us," said Vassar head coach Judy Finerghty. "It took us awhile to shake off the long bus ride. Heather had clutch saves in the end and Moe made a nice interception and fed Lasko for the score. Allie Morgan won a ton of draws and Sarah Warner exploded offensively in the middle of the game. She always gives our team toughness and optimism."

Clarkson freshman Alyssa Cristaldi led all scorers with a game-high 10 points on five goals and five assists. Senior Kimberly Loucks tallied four goals to become the Knights' all-time leading goal scorer with 134 career goals.

Clarkson outshot the Brewers 32-28, while Vassar controlled groundballs 22-10. Sophomore Hannah Walters made eight stops for the Knights.


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