Lakers shutout Bears to finish weekend sweep

Oswego State defeated the SUNY Potsdam Bears in shutout fashion for the second straight day on Saturday morning at the Marano Campus Center Arena, 3-0.

The Lakers took down the Bears, 4-0, on Friday afternoon. Senior Bridget Smith was in net for both games, after missing the early part of the season with a concussion. The Bears elected to start junior Abby Tardelli in net, who allowed three goals in her only previous appearance this season.

Tardelli allowed three goals on 28 shots for the Bears on Saturday, making twelve saves in the second period, which saw neither team score.

Smith recorded 28 saves as well, and the Lakers secured their first consecutive weekend wins over ECAC West opponents since Nov. 16 and 17  last season, when they defeated the Neumann Knights.

The scoring for Oswego State began at the 14:14 mark in first period, when freshman Rachel Lenard converted on her second goal of the season, with the assist from Olivia Ellis.

Lenard’s goal was followed up quickly, as sophomore Brianna Rice scored at the 15:56 mark, giving Oswego State two goals in under two minutes.  Rice’s goal was her fourth of the weekend, and her sixth overall this season, which leads the team. Junior assistant captain Lizzy Marks was credited with the assist on Rice’s goal.

Rice’s two-point performance led the team this morning, and the sophomore has been a key contributor for Oswego State since transferring from Chatham University this semester.

The score held for Oswego State throughout the second period, and the Lakers held a two-goal lead until the 9:04 mark of the third, when sophomore Alexa Aramburu converted her first goal of the season, with assists from Erika Truschke and Rice.

Aramburu’s goal also came on the power play, and was just the team’s second goal on the power play this season.

A day after neither team saw the penalty box until the third period, Oswego State and SUNY Potsdam combined for 13 penalties, with Oswego State being sent to the box six times, compared to seven times for the Bears.

In their four wins this season, the Lakers have shutout their opponents all four times, and are now outscoring their opponents 16-5 on the season.

The freshman for Oswego State have been major contributors thus far, with Lenard, Lydia Cosgrove and Andrea Noss all sitting in the top five in team points. Lenard and Cosgrove have contributed two goals, while Noss has scored one for the Lakers.

After having their two games last weekend cancelled, the Lakers move to 4-2 overall, 3-1 in ECAC West play, and can look ahead to a Tuesday afternoon matchup against Hamilton College.

That game against Hamilton will be at 2 p.m. from the Marano Campus Center Arena.