NEW PALTZ, NY- The SUNY New Paltz women’s lacrosse team hosted Oswego Tuesday evening and fell to the Lakers 18-9. The Lakers outscored the Hawks 11-3 in the second half for the victory.
Rachel Ventresca led the Lakers with four goals and one assist. Bri Borrow, Kristen Darcy and Andrea Musso each netted three goals apiece in the win for the Lakers.
The Hawks were led by sophomore Brittany Bennett (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown West) with four goals. Freshmen Kim Hall (Cortland, NY/Cortland) and Bridget Grover (Rockville Centre, NY/Holy Trinity) each netted two apiece. Freshman Samantha DelGaudio (Northport, NY/Northport) scored one goal to complete the scoring for the Hawks.
The Hawks struck first two and half minutes into the contest with a goal by Kim Hall, but Rachel Ventresca and Andrea Musso scored less than a minute apart to take a 2-1 lead. The Hawks would bounce back and score three straight goals, one by Bridget Grover and two by Brittany Bennett to give the Hawks the 4-2 with 13:40 remaining.
Oswego would tie the game less than two minutes later with goals from Erin Cummings and Kellyn Brightman. Sam DelGaudio would give the Hawks the lead again with 9:43 left in the half and Brittany Bennett would score 23 seconds later to put the Hawks back up by two at 6-4.
Oswego would score the last three goals of the half to take a 7-6 half-time advantage. Bri Borrow, Jessica Zenzel and Kristen Darcy all scored over the last 6:45 for the Lakers.
In the second half, the Lakers Bri Borrow scored two minutes in, but Brittany Bennett led the Hawks right back to cut the lead back to one at 8-7. The Lakers would score three straight goals to take an 11-7 lead. The Hawks would get two back, just 47 seconds apart by Kim Hall and Bridget Grover to cut the lead to 11-9.
At 14:37 remaining in the game, Oswego would score the last seven goals of the game to pull away from the Hawks.
Shannon O’Brien recorded the win in net in 43:58 minutes of play. She saved six shots and allowed eight goals. Nicole Nalle played the final 16:02 and made one save and allowed one goal. Oswego improves to 8-6 overall and 3-4 in the SUNYAC.
Senior Lorraine Vultaggio (Babylon, NY/Miller Place) recorded the loss in net allowing 18 goals and saving 15 shots on the evening. The Hawks fall to 2-10 overall and 0-7 in the SUNYAC.
The Hawks will return to the field tomorrow against Vassar on the Turf Field at 3 p.m. on the campus of SUNY New Paltz.