Oswego State Overpowers SUNY Canton

OSWEGO, N.Y. - Thirteen players scored as Oswego State (4-8) defeated SUNY Canton (2-9), 23-5, in the final home game of the season for the Lakers on a rainy Thursday afternoon. Erin Cummings (Sr., Valley Cottage, N.Y.) and Rachael Raffa (Sr., Kings Park, N.Y.) paced Oswego State with four goals each, while Cummings added four assists and Raffa dished out one assist.

Raffa and Cummings had roles in the first two Laker goals in the game's first minute to set the tone for the game. Kaila Curatalo (So., Rochester, N.Y.) scored the third goal after the ensuing draw control before the Roos answered back with a marker from Brittany DiBenenedetto.

However, that would be as close as SUNY Canton would get the rest of the way, as Stephanie Cronk (Jr., Endwell, N.Y.) found Raffa opened to fuel a 9-0 Laker run to put the home team ahead 12-1 with 8:45 remaining in the first half. During the stretch, Oswego State received two goals from Kelly Collins (Sr., Fairport, N.Y.) and another from Raffa's stick with the others scored by Cummings, Rebecca Guess (Fr., Burnt Hills, N.Y.), Danielle Citro (Jr., Miller Place, N.Y.), Emily Wolff (Fr., Middle Island, N.Y.), and Courtney Cosentino (So., Syracuse, N.Y.).

For the rest of the half, both teams exchanged a pair of goals with Cummings and Guess posting both Laker goals, while Devyn Hutcheson and Brittani Bessette tallied both Roo goals to give Oswego State a 14-3 lead at intermission.

Cronk and Raffa connected again to start the second half followed by Cummings' final goal of the contest. Tressa Goolden recorded a pair of goals for SUNY Canton that sandwiched seven more Laker goals, as Oswego State cruised to the win.

Michelle Ruskey (Jr., Deerfield, N.Y.), Candace Tarana (So., Rochester, N.Y.), Liz Conrad (Sr., Jackson, N.J.), Elise Tartaglia (So., Liverpool, N.Y.), and Michelle Stepien (Sr., Oswego, N.Y.) also netted goals for the home team. Cronk and Curatalo finished the game with three and two assists, respectively.

Nicole Nalle (Sr., Oswego, N.Y.) posted the win after making six saves and allowing five goals. Holli-Jo Cota made 14 saves in the first half, while Courtney Drake recorded three in the second half for the Roos.

Oswego State wraps up the season on the road at Fredonia on Saturday and Geneseo on Monday.

2012-04-26



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