Boshart Lifts Bears over Utica in Overtime

POTSDAM, N.Y.-Potsdam (5-11) got a game-winning goal from junior captain Whitney Boshart (Watertown, N.Y./Indian River) to defeat Utica (8-7) 8-7 in overtime. The Bears got three goals from freshman midfielder Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) and senior goalie Kaci Milligan (Liverpool N.Y./Bishop Ludden) made eight saves to become the program's all-time saves leader.

Senior midfielder Katlyn Banker (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta) gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead just 4:12 into the contest. Utica would hold the lead until the last two minutes of regulation. Senior attack Maria Santucci (Holliston, Mass./Marian) doubled the advantage with a free position marker at 16:19. Junior attack Denise Johns (Syracuse, N.Y./Marcellus) got Potsdam on the board 10 minutes later.

Next, the Pioneers struck twice in 24 seconds as freshman defender Patricia Kane (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) and Banker scored in succession to give Utica a 4-1 lead at 2:15 of the first half. Senior attack Maribeth Simmons (Clinton, Conn./The Morgan School) got the Bears to within 4-2 with a goal at the 1:37 mark.

Wall made it 4-3 with her first of the contest just 2:50 into the final half, but the Pioneers answered with two straight to regain their three-goal advantage. Sophomore attack Janet Campo (Centerport, N.Y./Harborfields) scored at 23:32 and Banker notched her third at 17:17.

Wall connected with Boshart for her second tally at 12:57, but Santucci made it a 7-4 Utica lead with 11:57 remaining. Then the Bears offense shifted into gear. Simmons set up senior captain Sierra Langkammerer (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) at 5:16. Wall buried her third exactly a minute later.

With the score 7-6, the Pioneers called a timeout in an attempt to break Potsdam's momentum. It didn't work. With two minutes left, Langkammerer harassed Utica senior goalie Shelby Barbay (Waterloo, N.Y./Waterloo) into throwing a pass out of bounds. On the ensuing Bears' possession, Johns worked her way around the right side of the net and fired the ball past Barbay to tie the score at 7-7 with 1:13 remaining.

The Pioneers grabbed the final draw control of regulation and controlled the play until time expired. Utica fired three shots on Milligan in the last minute, including a free position by freshman midfielder Megan Kane (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) with 29 seconds on the clock, but Milligan caught each one.

In the first half of the six-minute non-sudden victory overtime period, the Pioneers controlled the ball for 2:45, but never got a shot away. Wall captured the draw control to start the final three minutes and passed to Langkammerer who charged toward the Utica goal. Right before the crease she fired a pass to Boshart who beat Barbay to her left for the eventual game-winner with 2:31 left. The teams traded turnovers in the final minutes, but the Pioneers never threatened again.

The victory brings a close to the impressive careers of seniors Simmons, Langkammerer, Milligan, Aubrey Macintosh (Burnt-Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Carly Richards (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna), Lizzy Penree (Fort Drum, N.Y./Indian River) and Shannon Miller (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus).

Richards, who was sidelined with an injury today, leaves Potsdam as the Bears all-time scoring leader with 218 points. She also holds the records for goals (147) and assists (71).

Simmons finishes her career ranked fourth on Potsdam's scoring list (86g-24a-110pts) and is just the fifth Bear to reach the 100-point plateau.

Langkammerer closes out her time at Potsdam at No. 7 on the all-time scoring list with 71 goals and 11 assists for 82 points.

Milligan leaves Potsdam as the Bears all-time wins (15) and saves leader (487).


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