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Women's lacrosse continues annihilation of the SUNYAC

by Carson Werner - Sports Editor
Tue, Apr 9th 2019 09:00 pm
The Brockport women's lacrosse team wore specially customized T-shirts during pre-game warmups on Saturday, April 6 against Plattsburgh. The T-shirts were in honor of Brockport's partnership with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Vs. Cancer program.
The Brockport women's lacrosse team wore specially customized T-shirts during pre-game warmups on Saturday, April 6 against Plattsburgh. The T-shirts were in honor of Brockport's partnership with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Vs. Cancer program.
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As of late, The College at Brockport women’s lacrosse team has been shredding any team to stand in its way. In their past six games, the Golden Eagles have scored 106 goals and given up 39 in undefeated fashion. Four of the six wins came against conference opponents, including its two most recent home games against Buffalo State and Plattsburgh State. The Bengals and Cardinals stood no chance as the Golden Eagles defended their perfect home record and flew to the top of the SUNYAC standings.

From the opening draw against Buffalo State on Wednesday, April 3, Brockport was finding the back of the net at a prolific pace, scoring a goal per minute. Graduate student Heather Conklin scored three goals, freshman attacker Allison Jennings scored two and freshman midfielder Erin Wegrzyn scored one off a free position shot. It wasn’t until the ninth minute and a fourth goal from Conklin that Buffalo State registered a shot, which was saved by freshman goalie Morgan Elmer. Brockport’s offensive onslaught lasted for roughly two-thirds of the first half, where it brought its lead to 11-0.

Buffalo State managed to make its way onto the scoreboard just before halftime and again when the second half began. The Bengals actually managed to outscore Brockport in the last half 7-6, but the team’s deficit from the first thirty minutes was too large to overcome. Junior attacker Chloe Kurst notched two goals back to back following Buffalo State’s second goal. Sophomore attacker Emma Nevers scored her second of the year while senior midfielder Victoria Thompson added her second of the day. Jennings also added her third of the game in the final minute. With help from Conklin’s and Kurst’s six-point performances, Brockport defeated Buffalo State 17-8, only needing its first half goals to get the win. 

“The key to my success is the team and the coaches,” Conklin said. “Our coaches make sets that helps our offense get organized and make opportunities for us to score. The attack knows each others’ strengths and they do a great job on creating space for me to drive.”

Brockport’s next matchup was also against conference competition, yet an unfamiliar opponent on the lacrosse field. For the Plattsburgh State women’s lacrosse team’s inaugural trip to Bob Boozer Field, it was a brutal welcoming from the Golden Eagles. The first-year group was greeted by a well-developed and chemistry-driven team, showing Plattsburgh that it has a long way to go to before conquering the SUNYAC. 

In honor of Brockport’s Lax vs. Cancer game, the Golden Eagles put on their best offensive showing of the year with 23 goals. Brockport had 10 different goal scorers in the game, and leading the way again was Jennings and Conklin with five and four goals, respectively. The squad used the weaker opposition to work on passing, picking up 16 assists as well. Senior attacker and assist leader Sara Grapevine had five assists while the second assist leader, Kurst, had four. Elmer’s day between the pipes was rather dull as she only gave up one goal and made four saves. With such a commanding lead, head coach Stephen Wagner was able to get most of the team involved and give the starters a break.

“In blowout games we need the starters to play great so their teammates who are cheering them on from the bench get a chance to play,” Wagner said. “I like getting the bench in because it gives them a chance to play and make some mistakes in an actual game. Nothing is a better teacher than the game and on-field experience is a must.” 

After Saturday’s game against the Cardinals, Brockport’s record improved to 9—1 and 5—0 in the SUNYAC. Last year, the Golden Eagles were 3—7 at this point in the season. Aside from a few nationally ranked, non-conference opponents the team saw last year, the two schedules side-by-side are very similar. However, this year Brockport seems to be taking a more aggressive route.

The green and gold made a difference early in the season when it beat Nazareth and Montclair State, something the team failed to do in 2018. In Brockport’s first ten games of last season, the team had scored 110 goals, only four more than what Brockport has in its last six. Behind this year’s offense is an improved defensive backfield as well, which has only allowed 96 goals compared to last year’s 133 in 10 games. 

Brockport’s next game will take place on Wednesday, April 10 in Fredonia at 4 p.m. The Blue Devils are currently on a five game losing streak and are seeking their first conference win of the year while the Golden Eagles will aim for their seventh consecutive win. 

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