Bears Drop SUNYAC Match at New Paltz

NEW PALTZ, N.Y.-New Paltz (7-9, 2-5 SUNYAC) took the lead 1:27 into this afternoon's SUNYAC contest with SUNY Potsdam (4-11, 1-7) and never relinquished it on the way to an 18-14 victory. Carissa Citro and Lianne Vivalda each scored five times to lead the Hawks.

Seniors Maribeth Simmons (Clinton, N.Y./The Morgan School) and Sierra Langkammerer (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) had six (5g, 1a) and four (3g, 1a) points, respectively to pace the Bears.

New Paltz jumped out to a 4-1 lead by the 24:09 mark of the first quarter. Simmons, senior captain Aubrey Macintosh (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) and Langkammerer answered over the next five minutes to tie the score at 4-4. The Hawks regained their three-goal lead by the

12:50 mark, but Langkammerer and Simmons responded again to make it a 7-6 contest with 9:58 left in the half. New Paltz closed the first period on a 5-1 run and took a 12-7 advantage into the break.

The teams traded the first six goals of the second half. A goal by freshman midfielder Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) kept the Bears within 15-10 with 20:57 remaining. The Hawks scored three of the next four goals for their biggest lead of the game at 18-11 with 11:20 on the clock.

Potsdam closed the contest on a 3-0 run with two markers from Simmons and a final tally from freshman midfielder Emily Petit (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), but lost the 18-14 decision.

In goal, senior captain Kaci Milligan (Liverpool, N.Y./Bishop Ludden) finished with 13 saves. Stefanie Mignone allowed nine goals and made five saves over the first 38:54 to earn the victory. Jackie Ulanoff allowed five goals on six shots on goal over the final 21:06.

New Paltz outshot the Bears 41-23 and collected 39 ground balls to Potsdam's 28.

The Bears wrap up the season on Sunday, April 29, when they host the Utica Pioneers at 1:00 p.m.


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