Women’s Lax Bounces Back With Big Win Over Cazenovia
April 20, 2012
Freshman Jennifer Burt (Penn Yan, NY/Penn Yan) scored three goals with two assists and classmate Olivia Hudson (Adams, NY/South Jefferson) added three goals and an assist as the Keuka College women’s lacrosse team rebounded from its only loss of the season to defeat rival Cazenovia College 11-7 Friday night at the Jephson Community Athletic Complex.
Sophomore Taylor Smith (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder) added two goals and an assist while freshman Kaycee Maguire (Potsdam, NY/Potsdam) chipped in with two goals and an assist as the Storm (10-1, 7-0 North Eastern Athletic Conference) moved one step closer to winning the regular-season title in the North Atlantic Conference’s West Division. If Keuka defeats Morrisville State (9-4, 7-0) in Sunday’s 1 p.m. contest, the Storm will clinch the regular-season championship and earn the right to host the upcoming postseason tournament, which runs April 28-29.
“I knew we had it working from the first whistle tonight,” said Burt, who is second on the team in goals (29), assists (19) and points (48).
“After the Utica game [a 10-9 loss], we were all about the first half and playing our best in the first half, and then continuing that momentum into the second. This was a huge win, but we’re all ready and pumped up for the end of the regular season and Morrisville on Sunday.”
A motivated Keuka squad started fast versus the Wildcats (8-7, 6-2 NEAC) and took a 4-0 lead after two goals from Hudson and one goal apiece from Smith and Burt. Cazenovia clawed within 5-2 before Maguire scored on a free position shot and 32 seconds later Burt extended the lead to 7-2 off a pretty feed from Maguire.
The Storm maintained at least a two-goal lead the rest of the way and pulled away for good after sophomore Maggie Bonafede (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) and Smith each scored in the game’s final minute.
“This team, there’s not one star on offense, we have a lot of players who can score and do some damage,” said Burt, one of six Storm player with 18-plus goals.
“Tonight, players stepped up when we needed them to.”
Junior Molly Hogan (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) stopped eight shots for the Storm, the two-time defending NEAC/NAC champions.
After Cazenovia pulled within three, 8-5 on Christy Foster’s third and final goal of the evening, the Storm clamped down on defense and held the Wildcats scoreless for a span of 22 minutes and 24 seconds.
Hogan credited her defense, especially juniors Courtney French (Massena, NY/Massena) and Sam Layton (Painted Post, NY/Corning West) with getting physical and taking away easy looks for Cazenovia.
“It was all about communication, that’s a big part of our defense,” Hogan said. “We have to keep constantly talking, and being able to body up on their scorers was a big thing for us. Our defense stepped up and took it to them and this win gives us a lot of momentum heading into the Morrisville game.”
Beginning with the 2010 season, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in the sports of baseball, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s tennis. The NEAC will compete as associate members of the NAC in women’s lacrosse and men’s tennis.