RIT Scores 11 Unanswered, Coasts Past Oswego

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - RIT (3-1) scored 11 unanswered goals in the first half as they dominated SUNY Oswego (0-1) 16-5 on Monday afternoon. Ashleigh Caruso (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool) led the Tigers with four goals, while Shelby Vakiener (Fairport, NY/Fairport) tallied three goals and dished out five assists tying her season high of points in a game with eight.

RIT held a 36-17 advantage in shots, including a 25-7 advantage in the first half. Katelyn Crane (Palmyra, NY/Palmyra-Macedon) made seven saves in net to gain her third win of the season.

The Lakers scored the game's first goal 1:12 into the contest, but wouldn't score again for 31:11 of game action.

Caruso netted three first half goals and Vakiener recorded five of her eight points in the first 30 minutes of play. Marlee Vlassis (Syracuse, NY/East Syracuse Minoa) scored three straight Tigers' goals as RIT rattled off seven scores in a 13:04 span.

Mackenzie Kjerstad ended the drought for Oswego with her first score of the season, cutting the deficit to 11-2. Vakiener would respond with back-to-back goals and Holly Leone (Centerport, NY/Harborfields) scored twice, pushing the lead to 16-3.

The Tigers return to action on Friday as they host Western New England College at 5:00 p.m. as a part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Flower City Cup. RIT will also host Endicott on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Oswego State (0-1) struck early in its season opener, but RIT (3-1) closed out the first half with 11 goals as the Lakers suffered a 16-5 loss on Monday afternoon. Oswego State had five different players score, while the Tigers received four goals from Ashleigh Caruso.

Erannan Shattuck (Fr., Syracuse, N.Y.) put the visitors on the board 1:12 into the game with an unassisted goal. The Lakers maintained their lead until six minutes in when Caruso netted her first goal of the contest to trigger RIT's critical run. The Tigers went into halftime carrying an 11-1 lead after out-shooting Oswego State, 25-7, in the first half. The Lakers struggled with turnovers in the opening half, committing 20, while going 6 for 15 on clears.

The second half started in a similar fashion with Shattuck finding Mackenzie Kjerstad (Jr., Baldwinsville, N.Y.) open for her first Oswego State goal 2:23 into the frame. RIT scored three more goals to go ahead 14-2 near the midway point of the second half before Candace Tarana (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.) notched an unassisted goal with 11:37 on the scoreboard. After the Tigers tacked on two more goals, the Lakers closed out the game with unassisted markers from Becky Guess (So., Burnt Hills, N.Y.) and Lindsey Eggers (Fr., Ridge, N.Y.).

The frame was more balanced statistically as RIT out-shot Oswego State, 11-10, and the Lakers committed just five turnovers compared to seven for the home team.

Nikki Greco (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) recorded 11 saves on 25 shots on goal in the losing effort during the first 46 minutes, while Lauren Marois (Sr., Clifton Park, N.Y.) allowed two goals on two shots in the final 14 minutes. Katelyn Crane picked up the win for RIT after stopping seven shots.

Oswego State has a day off before traveling to Houghton on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.


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