Slow Start Hurts Lakers in Loss to Buffalo State

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Oswego State saw itself facing a double-digit deficit at halftime and was not able to get the offense on track in the second half, as the Lakers suffered a 19-6 loss to Buffalo State Tuesday afternoon in Buffalo.

The Bengals got out to a quick start scoring four goals in the first five minutes before Erin Cummings put the first Oswego State score on the board. The loss dropped Oswego State to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the SUNYAC standings, while the Bengals improved to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in the league.

Mariah DeBolt tallied two of the first four Bengal goals before Cummings stopped the scoring string. However, Buffalo State answered back with seven straight goals to go ahead 11-1 when Kelly Schroeder found the back of the goal after getting a pass from Cummings for the first of two assists. The Bengals went on to score the final two markers of the half to take a 13-2 lead at the break and owned a 22-7 advantage in groundballs during the frame.

The Lakers came out of halftime strong with two goals by Rachael Raffa and Danielle Citro in the first three minutes, but Buffalo State countered with five goals in a ten-minute span to go ahead 18-4. Oswego State added a pair of Stephanie Cronk goals late in the stanza before the Bengals posted their final goal.

Ashlee Engel earned the loss in goal, making five saves and allowing ten goals in the first 18:47. Nicole Nalle stopped seven shots and allowed nine goals in the remaining 41:13. Buffalo State's Ashley O'Brien posted the win with four saves and six goals allowed. DeBolt finished the game with five goals, while Karen Shaddock added four goals and four assists and Kendyl Clarkson posted a goal and five assists for the home team.

The Lakers will look to get back in the win column on Thursday when they face Cazenovia at Chittenango High School at 7:00 p.m.


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