Oswego State Rallies and Surges Past Oneonta

OSWEGO, N.Y. - After trailing 6-1 midway through the first half, Oswego State responded in a big way, outscoring visiting Oneonta 19-5 the rest of the way to post a 20-11 win to stay in the SUNYAC playoff race on Saturday at South Athletic Field.

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak against the Red Dragons for the Lakers, who last defeated Oneonta in a 12-7 decision on April 23, 2005. Oswego State improved to 7-4 overall and 3-3 in the league, while the Red Dragons fell to 3-11 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

The Lakers host Geneseo on Tuesday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m. in a game that has post-season implications for both squads.

Oneonta started the contest as the aggressor, scoring six consecutive goals after Bri Borrow got Oswego State on the board at the 3:32 mark. Heidi Kissinger led the Red Dragon charge with three straight goals during a six-minute span followed by goals from Rebecca Monteith, Taylor O'Brien, and Caroline Tulley. The sixth goal prompted the Lakers to make a goalie change as Nicole Nalle came in for Ashlee Engel, who made five saves.

The change along with the substitution of Kelly Collins into the game marked a shift in the momentum of the game. Three minutes after Oneonta's sixth goal, Collins stopped the string with the first of three goals on the day. On the following draw control, Kristen Darcy came away with the ball and pushed it upfield finding Rachael Raffa, who hit Borrow with the pass to make the score 6-3 with 10:39 on the clock. Raffa added another goal for Oswego State before Andrea Spano ended the scoring streak for the Red Dragons, who led 7-4.

However, the Lakers had already seized momentum as the hosts posted two goals by Borrow and a free position goal by Liz Conrad to close out the half. Conrad found Borrow cutting through the middle of the field for the score that tied the game at 7-7 with 4.8 seconds remaining before intermission.

Both squads traded goals between Corinne Marsh and Kissinger to start the second half, but Erin Cummings and Raffa scored less than a minute apart to give Oswego State its first two-goal lead of the game. Oneonta's Tulley appeared to have scored shortly after Raffa, but was called for a dangerous follow through to negate the goal, allowing the Lakers to retain the cushion. Kissinger scored her fifth and final goal of the game in the tenth minute to make it 10-9, but that would be as close as the Red Dragons would get.

Oneonta suffered a setback in its attempt to close the gap when Kissinger was whistled for her second yellow card of the day with nearly eight minutes left to play. Oswego State quickly responded as Cummings made a move behind the goal to create space between the defender for her 20th goal of the season, giving the Lakers a 14-11 lead with 6:21 left. The offense continued to move the ball well as four of the six remaining goals were assisted.

Borrow finished the game with six goals, while Raffa and Collins each contributed three goals and three assists apiece. Collins entered the game with one goal this season. Cummings finished with three goals and an assist with Darcy also recording a pair of goals and assists.

Nalle turned in a strong performance in goal with ten saves, as the defense clamped down on Oneonta following the goalie substitution allowing just 12 shots in the second half. Red Dragon Laura Grose suffered the loss after making 11 saves.


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