Oswego Weathers Late Rally to Defeat Clarkson

OSWEGO, N.Y. - Rachael Raffa's free position goal with 1:47 remaining in the game proved to be the difference maker as Oswego State staved off a second-half comeback by Clarkson Tuesday afternoon at South Athletic Field. The Lakers held a four-goal lead at halftime, but the Golden Knights tied the game with 7:20 left before Oswego State received goals from Liz Conrad and Raffa, who finished with eight goals and an assist on the day.

The Lakers, who improved to 2-0, host Utica Wednesday afternoon at South Athletic Field. The Golden Knights fell to 1-3 with the loss.

Oswego State held an early 2-0 lead compliments of two Raffa goals, but Clarkson settled into the flow of the game by scoring three goals from three different players in less than three minutes to gain the advantage. However, Raffa received a feed from Kelly Schroeder to trigger a stretch of six straight Laker goals, giving Oswego State an 8-3 edge with over ten minutes remaining in the half.

The Golden Knights added two more scores from Alyssa Cristaldi before the end of the stanza to put the Lakers ahead 9-5 at intermission. Clarkson had several chances during the frame to cut into the deficit, but Oswego State goalie Nicole Nalle stopped four of the five free position shots she faced with the defense clearing each save.

The Golden Knights stormed out of the gates in the second half as Laura Barlow tallied two goals and Kerrie Cline added another to pull Clarkson to within one goal at 9-8. An unassisted goal by Kristen Darcy ended the tear and prompted four consecutive Laker goals capped off by a Courtney Cosentino free position goal 17:04 into the frame to make the score 12-8.

Clarkson was not finished, though, five different players posted markers, including Marissa Mastronardi's game-tying goal, to level the score at 13-13 with 7:20 to play. As the game neared the end, the Golden Knights were trying to clear, but Liz Conrad picked up a loose ball and ran in on Clarkson goalie Hannah Walters to give Oswego State a one-goal lead at 27:22.

Less than a minute later, Raffa was awarded a free position attempt, and did not miss to push the Laker advantage to two goals with 1:47 to play. On the ensuing draw control, Saryn Campbell took possession for the Golden Knights, carrying the ball up the field before finding Alyssa Cristaldi for her fifth goal of the game at 28:25. Clarkson had one last scoring opportunity, but Laker goalie Ashlee Engel, who came in the contest late in the second half, made the save to earn the victory.

Both squads were fairly equal on both sides of the ball except for the Golden Knights owning an 18-12 advantage in draw controls. Nalle finished with nine saves, while Engel posted three saves for the win. Clarkson's Hannah Walters made 13 saves in the loss.

The Lakers also received goals from Bri Borrow, Danielle Citro and Erin Cummings. The Golden Knights received multiple goals from Cristaldi, Barlow, Cline, and Katie VanDeValk.

2011-03-29



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