Oswego State Outguns New Paltz in SUNYAC

OSWEGO, N.Y. - Oswego State withstood a second-half rally to fend of New Paltz 16-14 on Tuesday afternoon at South Athletic Field. Rachael Raffa and Bri Borrow tallied four goals apiece for the Lakers with Raffa also recording an assist. Oswego State improved to 6-4 overall and 2-3 in the SUNYAC standings. The Hawks dropped to 6-7 on the season and 0-5 in the league.

New Paltz held a slim one-goal lead after Juli Rehain registered the first of three goals at the 14:01 mark. Laker head coach Brandi Ostrander called timeout to help refocus the team, and it proved to be very effective as Oswego State won the ensuing draw control and marched down to score on a free position shot by Borrow.

The marker jumpstarted a rally that saw the Lakers tally eight of the final nine goals of the first half with scores by Raffa, Erin Cummings, Kelly Collins, Kelly Schroeder, and Kristen Darcy to give Oswego State an 11-5 halftime lead.

The Hawks came out of the break with a renewed intensity resulting in goals by Brittany Bennett, Bridgitte Hooker, who scored six goals, and Rehain to bring New Paltz to within three at 11-8 less than seven minutes into the half. Less than a minute after Rehain's goal, Laker Michelle Ruskey picked a good time to record her first goal of the season to stop the charge and give Oswego State a four-goal cushion.

Borrow went onto score two goals before the midway point of the second half to put the Lakers ahead 14-9. However, New Paltz was not finished as it scored a pair of quick goals with over ten minutes left to play to make the score 14-11. Both squads traded scores in the 26th minute with a free position goal by Corinne Marsh and a Samantha DelGaudio goal.

Danielle Citro netted an insurance goal with 1:32 remaining in the contest for Oswego State, which would be important as the Hawks scored two goals in the final minute, but they ran out of time to complete the comeback.

Ashlee Engel finished with nine saves, including three point-blank stops in the second half, to earn the win. Stefanie Mignone suffered the loss after recording 11 saves.

2011-04-19



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