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Women's lacrosse jumps to 4th after overtime victory

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 08:00 pm
Junior midfielder Jade Williams (#16) and senior attacker Heather Conklin (#25) have both been a huge part behind Brockport's elite offense in the SUNYACs. Williams and Conklin did not let off the gas against Oneonta last weekend and combined for more than half the team's total score with eight.
Junior midfielder Jade Williams (#16) and senior attacker Heather Conklin (#25) have both been a huge part behind Brockport's elite offense in the SUNYACs. Williams and Conklin did not let off the gas against Oneonta last weekend and combined for more than half the team's total score with eight.

After a 19 to 1 thrashing of Fredonia on Tuesday, April 10, The College at Brockport women’s lacrosse team fought its way to an overtime victory of 14 to 13 over Oneonta, grabbing its second conference win of the season.

With back-to-back wins from the past two SUNYAC matches, the team has now passed Oneonta in standings and currently sits in fourth. Entering the top four of the table is a first for the season, and although fourth is a great place to be in for the current stage of the schedule, the team’s form tells a different story. 

Brockport has won all but one of its four conference games, with its only loss coming from a one goal defeat to the league’s second best team, in Geneseo. If the Golden Eagles were to have held the Knights from scoring late, they would be fighting for the number one spot in the SUNYACs. 

Nevertheless, what ifs aren’t what’s important. What’s important is continuing to play with the same fire they have been playing with against conference competition. 

“We need to make sure that we are consistent with mentality and effort,” junior midfielder Jade Williams said. “The skill is there, we just need to fight from start to finish.” 

Throughout four SUNYAC contests, Brockport has been averaging the most goals scored per period and most shots taken, while averaging less turnovers than the competition. Brockport’s play has been impressive, but the hunt for a better playoff scenario is starting to take place, and getting results is vital in having the best odds for the tournament.

The Golden Eagles’ victory over the Red Dragons this past Saturday, April 14, was the right step towards their goals this season. Both having very similar levels of firepower and overall ability, the two sides matched for an incredibly tight battle filled with lead changes, and pure action. 

Brockport’s offensive maestro and deadliest goal contributor, junior attacker Sara Grapevine opened the scoring of the contest when she found the net within 30 seconds of the first whistle. Oneonta’s attack pounced on early Brockport turnovers, and were able to come take the lead by scoring consecutive goals. Despite a goal from Williams to tie it up, Oneonta’s got a good hand at a couple of chances and took advantage of them, scoring three straight in the process. 

After a few possessions, Brockport was down 4-8, but junior midfielder Heather Conklin began her raid of Oneonta’s defense and scored a hat-trick of free-position goals and a solo to get Brockport back in the game right at the end of the first half.   

The second half of action proved for a tighter contest. The two sides traded 10 goals between each other until the end of the second half, and at the end of regular time, the score stood at a 13-13 stalemate. 

Brockport did not hesitate to pull the trigger early during the extra period, and following a faceoff win, sophomore attacker Chloe Kurst got through Oneonta’s defense for her second of the game and the game winning goal.

 Brockport’s Conklin scored six and starting goalie Sarah Brown recorded 14 saves during the entirety of the match.    

The team is having a great season as of now, and its progress doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The team is set on making it big.

“We’re definitely still looking to win the conference,” Williams said. “We keep on putting work everyday to get there.” 

As of Monday, April 16, Brockport’s next challenge is set to take place at its home field on Tuesday, April 17, at 4 p.m. against RIT.