WOMEN’S LACROSSE CRUISES PAST SUNYIT
Utica 18, SUNYIT 5 – Women’s Lacrosse Final
Utica, NY (4/10/13)- The Utica College women’ lacrosse team snapped a two-game losing streak Wednesday as it ran away with an 18-5 victory over SUNYIT. Ten different Pioneers scored at least one goal on the day.
Sophomore Morgan DuPont (Wynantskill, NY/Averill Park) tallied a game-high six points on four goals and two assists. Utica (7-3) is now two wins shy of tying the program-record for wins in a single season (9) which was originally set back in 2008 when the Pioneers finished the year 9-8 overall.
Sophomore Megan Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) scored four goals to move her season total to 29 and junior Vanessa Maines (Boxborough, MA/Acton-Boxborough Regional) netted a career-best three goals on the day. Meanwhile, sophomores Louise Steele-Norton (Avondale, PA/Millbrook School) and Patricia Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) each had two goals and an assist.
Freshman Courtney Wheeler (Ava, NY/Rome Free Academy) continued her strong play, racking up five draw controls to go along with one goal and two assists. Julia Primps(Ossining, NY/Ossining), Samanatha Gebler, Lindsey Gelles (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) and Colleen Dowling (Fairport, NY/Fairport) all had one goal apiece and Mary Morgan Marafino (Monroe, NY/Central Square) added an assist.
SUNYIT’s Jenna Lashua led the Wildcats with three goals on the day. Senior Stephanie Belanger (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston) and freshman Erin Jacobson (Staten Island, NY/Curtis) combined for three saves in the win.
UC returns to action Saturday as it hosts Empire 8 leader, Ithaca College. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
PROGRAM BEST START CONTINUES-PIONEERS ROLL IN E-8 OPENER
Utica 13, Hartwick 5 – Women’s Lacrosse Final
Utica, NY (3/30/2013) – The Utica College women’s lacrosse team opened up Empire 8 Conference play on Saturday with a convincing 13-5 victory over Hartwick College. The Pioneers advanced their record to 6-1 overall while extending their best start in program-history.
UC’s Morgan DuPont (Wynantskill, NY/Averill Park), a sophomore, tallied a game-high four goals and she also chipped in with one assist. Both team’s dawned crimson and gold in honor of the recent Seton Hill University tragedy where the University’s Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Kristina Quigley, who was pregnant, and the team bus driver Anthony Guaetta, passed away in a bus accident.
UC has now won two straight after dropping its first contest of the year, a 13-12 overtime loss, at Clarkson. The Hawks’ record moved to 3-5 overall and 0-1 in the Empire 8.
DuPont’s four goals and one assist helped make her the top scorer for the Pioneers through seven games this season as she now has 17 goals and nine assists for 26 points.
Sophomore three sport star Louise Steele-Norton (Avondale, PA/Millbrook School) continues to gain her lacrosse legs as she tallied two goals, and classmate Megan Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) also chipped in with two goals as well, giving her a team-high 23 tallies. Kane’s 23 goals is also tied for fourth in the Empire 8.
Hartwick scored two of the game’s first three goals in the first 10:33 of the contest to put a scare into the Pioneers. But UC answered with four straight goals in the final 18:40 of the first half to take a 5-2 lead into the intermission. DuPont netted three of those four goals to help UC push to a three goal lead at half.
The Pioneers extended their lead to 7-3 after two goals in the first 2:44 of the second half. Hartwick’s Kia Ference and Emily Jweid helped the Hawks answer early in the second half, netting consecutive goals to cut UC’s advantage back to just three goals, 7-4.
However, the Pioneers were able to light up the scoreboard three times in a span of six minutes midway through the second half to essentially seal the victory. Courtney Wheeler (Ava, NY/Rome Free Academy), Colleen Dowling (Fairport, NY/Fairport) and Megan Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) each posted a goal for UC to extend the Pioneer lead to 10-4.
Hartwick’s Meg Luce scored what proved to be the Hawks final goal of the game at the 10:50 ledger, but UC was able to muster three more scores in the final 7:54 to seal the victory. Venessa Maines, Samantha Gebler (Vestal, NY/Vestal) and Megan Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) each tallied late goals to propel the Pioneers to their six consecutive win over the Hawks.
Jennifer Rogaski (Schenectady, NY/Colonie Central) also scored for UC, while Dowling, Gebler and Wheeler all added assists. UC goalie Stephanie Belanger (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston) made seven saves in net for the Pioneers, including six in the second half. She also picked up five ground balls. Wheeler proved once again that she possesses a great overall game as she tallied five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Patricia Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) came away with a team-best three draw controls.
Hartwick goalie Steph Luce stopped seven shots, caused two turnovers and scooped up a game-high seven ground balls. Emily Jweid, the team’s leading scorer from nearby Marcy, NY, netted a team-high two goals for the visitors. Kate Purcell, who is also a member of the Hartwick women’s basketball team, tallied a team-best four caused turnovers.
The Pioneers will host SUNYIT on Tuesday night (7 p.m.) at Gaetano in a non-conference competition, before returning to Empire 8 Conference play on the road at St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College on Saturday and Sunday. Both conference games will begin at 1 p.m.
UC WOMEN’S LAX DOUBLES UP OSWEGO-PIONEERS IMPROVE TO 5-1
Utica 10, Oswego 5 – Women’s Lacrosse Final
Utica, NY (3/26/13)- The Utica College women’s lacrosse team improved to 5-1 on the season as it downed visiting Oswego State, 10-5 at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
The Lakers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes of the contest, before UC responded to score the next seven goals in the first half. Sophomore Morgan DuPont(Wynantskill, NY/Averill Park) cut the Oswego lead to one with an unassisted tally at 23:09.
Classmate Megan Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) scored a free position goal at 19:00 to even the score. Just over a minute later, Vanessa Maines (Boxborough, MA/Acton-Boxborough Regional) fed Patricia Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) for her 11th of the season.
Megan Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) added two more free position goals and Louise Steele-Norton (Avondale, PA/Millbrook School) and Courtney Wheeler (Ava, NY/Rome Free Academy) each found the back of the net once to send UC into the half with a 7-2 lead.
Oswego fought back in the second half, scoring three of the game’s next four goals. With 7:30 left in regulation, Danielle Citro netted her fifth tally of the season to bring the Lakers within three, but tallies from DuPont and Megan Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) sealed the victory for the Pioneers.
Megan Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) had a game-high four goals, while DuPont netted two of her own. Steele-Norton, Patricia Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville), Wheeler, and Samantha Gebler (Vestal, NY/Vestal) each netted one goal on the day. Wheeler and Julia Primps (Ossining, NY/Ossining) also added one assist.
Stephanie Belanger (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston) made eight saves in the win, while Lauren Marois and Nikki Greco combined for eight save in net for Oswego.
Utica returns to action Saturday as it opens Empire 8 Conference play against Hartwick. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
PIONEERS EXTEND WIN STREAK TO FOUR WITH VICTORY OVER SAGE
Utica, NY (3/13/13)- The Utica College women’s lacrosse team extended its season-opening win streak to four games as it downed visiting Sage College 19-3 Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Louise Steele-Norton (Avondale, PA/Millbrook School) led UC with five goals in her first career game.
The Pioneers jumped out to a 13-1 lead at the half led by goals from Steele-Norton, Patricia Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville), Morgan DuPont (Wynantskill, NY/Averill Park), Megan Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville), and Julia Primps (Ossining, NY/Ossining). UC went on to control play through most of the second half, outscoring the Gators 6-2 in the second frame.
Steele-Norton finished the day with five goals and two assists, while classmates Megan Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville) and Patricia Kane (Staten Island, NY/Tottenville)each netted three goals. Patricia also had five draw controls.
Freshman Colleen Dowling (Fairport, NY/Fairport) and sophomore Morgan DuPont (Wynantskill, NY/Averill Park) each collected two goals and two assists, while Julia Primps (Ossining, NY/Ossining) (two goals, one assist), Courtney Wheeler (Ava, NY/Rome Free Academy) (one goal, two assists), and Vanessa Maines (Boxborough, MA/Acton-Boxborough Regional) (one goal, three assists) also scored for Utica. Junior Lindsey Gelles (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) added an assist, two ground balls and one caused turnover on the day.
UC out shot the visitors 42-7 on the day, while holding a 30-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Pioneers also scooped up 20 ground balls and took an 18-4 advantage on draw controls. Senior Stephanie Belanger (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston) had one save in the win.
UC returns to action Friday as it travels to Clarkson University for a 4 p.m. game.
UC MEN’S LAX CRUISES TO WIN IN SEASON OPENER AT SUNYIT
Utica 21, SUNYIT 2 – Men’s Lacrosse Final
Utica, NY (2/27/2013) – The Utica College men’s lacrosse team earned its third consecutive season opening win on Wednesday night as the Pioneers toppled host SUNYIT 21-2 in non-conference action at the newly constructed Wildcat Field. The Pioneers improved to 1-0 on the year and they are now 6-0 all-time against their cross-town foe, SUNYIT.
UC junior Joe Schoen (Whitesboro, NY/Whitesboro) led the way with a career-high seven points. Schoen, who now has 15 career multi-point efforts, totaled a career-high five assists, which is also tied for fourth on the College’s single game assist list.
The Pioneers outshot the home team 65-13 on the day and six different players netted at least two goals. Zack Stevenson (Elbridge, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) registered a career-high three goals, while Ben Winkler (Rodman, NY/IHC), who tallied 67 points last season, added three goals of his own. David Craig (Brewertown, NY/Paul V. Moore)chipped in with two goals and two assists while adding four ground balls.
Transfer Andrew Jamieson (Six Nations, ON/Hagersville) registered four points, one goal and three assists, in his Pioneer debut. TJ Benson (Central Square, NY/Paul V. Moore) also added three points on one goal and two assists. Junior Scott Baron (Flemington, NJ/Cushing Academy) muscled home two goals, while senior Justin Edelstein (Hartsdale, NY/Harvey School) and sophomore midfielder Josh Sommers (Singerlands, NY/Guilderland) each logged one goal and one assist, respectively. Sommers added eight face-off victories. Freshman Trent Jacobs (Hogansburg, NY/Brewster Academy) got his collegiate career off on the right foot with two goals, while Fred Del Genio (New Hartford, NY/New Hartford), Steve Dowd (Cohoes, NY/Shaker), and Jeff Pierce (Clinton, NY/Clinton) all tallied their first goal of the season for Utica.
Sophomore Matt Werkmeister (Chaska, MN/Chaska) led the UC defense with five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Trey Adams (Hogansburg, NY/Brewster Academy), Andrew DiOrio (Greenlawn, NY/CW Post) and Cory Spisak (Lisle, NY/TCCC) each split time in net for the Pioneers, combining for three saves.
UC led 10-2 at halftime and shut the Wildcats out, 11-0, in the final 30 minutes of play. The Pioneers won 17-of-25 face-offs and they went 4-for-7 on extra-man opportunities. UC caused 21 turnovers and scooped up 50 ground balls compared to the home teams 29 ground ball effort. The last time the Pioneers scored 20 or more goals was against Elmira last season with their 20-16 victory.
Utica has outscored SUNYIT by 108 goals (124-16) in six meetings all-time. Kevin Gardrvits and Chris Pace each scored for the 0-2 Wildcats. Jeffrey Melnik stopped 12 shots in net for SUNYIT.
UC returns to the field on Saturday when they travel to Cazenovia College for a non-conference bout at 1 p.m. The Pioneers defeated Cazenovia 18-11 at Charles A. Gaetano Stadium last season.