Pioneers hold off Bears, 12-9

UTICA, N.Y.—Bears senior captain Murphy Newman (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) scored five goals, but Utica College (1-0) held off the SUNY Potsdam women's lacrosse team (0-2) 12-9 on Sunday afternoon. Fellow senior captain Katie Lapinski (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) had a goal and three assists and sophomore midfielder Cayla O'Connor (Dexter, N.Y./General Brown) added two goals.
 
Potsdam's senior captain Devan Olschewske (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) and her Pioneer counterpart Hali Vandermeulen were sharp early in the contest, combining for eight saves in the scoreless first 10 minutes. Three of Olschewske's stops came on free positions and Vandermeulen stopped two Bears attempts. Brooke Miller finally opened the scoring with a goal for Utica at 19:34. She struck again at 13:29 and Rebecca Plunkett made it 3-0 1:40 later. O'Connor got the Bears on the board with a free-position tally at 9:36. Hailee DuMont scored a man-up goal at 4:18, but O'Connor finished a feed from Huntley at 2:54 to close the gap to 4-2. An injury forced Potsdam sophomore goalie Katie Longamore (Dexter, N.Y./General Brown) to take over for Olshewske with 1:09 left in the half and she was immediately tested with a free position. However, Longamore handled the attempt by Colleen Dowling. After Utica picked up the ground ball, Sarah Hennessey scored with 59 seconds left in the half and the Pioneers carried the 5-2 advantage into the break.
 
The Bears matched Utica goal for goal in the second half. Lapinski set up Newman twice in the opening 3:27 to make it a one-goal contest at 26:33. Plunkett and Dowling answered 29 seconds apart to put Utica back up 7-4 with 22:17 to play and start a 7-2 run. After Lapinski set up Newman's third of the game at 20:40, the Pioneers netted the next three goals to build a 10-5 lead at 16:16. Huntley set up Newman's fourth tally at 14:56, but Plunkett and Dowling countered with consecutive markers and Utica led 12-6 at 10:56. The Bears rattled off the last three goals of the contest before falling by the 12-9 count. Junior midfielder Danielle Pound (Henderson, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) recorded the first goal of her Potsdam career at 9:00. Newman notched her 99th career goal at 5:12 and Lapinski closed the scoring with 56 seconds remaining.
 
Olschewske was tagged with the loss. She made seven saves and allowed just four goals in the first 28:51. Longamore finished with eight goals allowed and six saves in the last 31:09. Vandermeulen stopped 11 shots to earn the win.
 
The Bears are back in action on Wednesday, when they host Sage at 4 p.m. in the first ever meeting between the two teams.