HILTON HEAD, S.C. - The Husson University women's lacrosse team (0-2) made the trek to Hilton Head, South Carolina earlier this week to compete over Spring Break. On Tuesday, the Eagles fell to SUNY Potsdam (2-2), 18-7 in their opening game.
The Bears kicked off the game on a 4-0 scoring run, before Maddy Olsen put the Eagles on the board, notching back-to-back goals to cut the deficit to two. SUNY Potsdam would add three more goals to take an 8-2 lead midway through the first half. Mary Cushing crossed a pass to Ashley Cummings who would fire a shot past Bears' keeper Olivia Woolheater for her first goal of the afternoon. Cushing would add a tally of her own minutes later as the Eagles would look to chip away at SUNY Potsdam's 7-4 lead. Four unanswered goals by the Bears would extend the Eagles deficit, 11-4, before Cummings' netted a goal with no time left on the clock as the Green and Gold trailed by six heading into the half.
SUNY Potsdam tacked on three more goals to open the second half to take a 14-5 advantage. Olsen would score her third of the day before Jordyn Labrie added a tally to keep the Eagles within seven (14-7), but the Bears posted four unanswered goals to put the game out of reach for Husson as they fell to SUNY Potsdam, 18-7 to open up their Spring Break trip.
Olsen netted her eighth career hat trick, shooting 3-for-3 while scooping three ground balls and grabbing four draw controls.
Cummings tallied two goals on two shots, adding two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Cushing picked up game-high seven ground balls, caused three turnovers and scored a goal.
Junior goalkeeper Mallory Burchill turned away 12 of the 30 shots she faced in the contest.
SUNY POTSDAM LEADERS:
Alli Stark led the Bears' attack, scoring three goals on three shots while seven others scored a pair of goals a piece.
Anita Reitano dished three assists and tallied two goals of her own.
Woolheater picked up the victory in net, recording three saves while allowing four goals before Netta Terrance entered the game in the second half, making two saves and allowing two goals.
The Bears held an advantage over the Eagles in ground balls (39-34), draw controls (14-10) and shots on goal (30-12).