Coming off of an impressive first home game win, the SUNY New Paltz women’s lacrosse team was back in action in a battle against the other Hawks. Hartwick College arrived Saturday at noon. During the last two matchups against Hartwick, New Paltz has shown who the real Hawks are by collecting a win both times. Would they muster another win for the third time in a row?
The first goal was scored on a free position shot by Hartwick. New Paltz recovered quickly, with a goal from third-year midfielder Tara Bovich, assisted by second-year offensive midfielder Maddy Carullo.
Next up was a repeat of the first two scores: Hartwick first, followed by another goal from Bovich. Following that, first-year midfielder Shannon Brosnan won the draw, allowing Carullo to shoot and succeed, assisted by second-year attack Katie Zito. New Paltz’s next score was the opposite, as this time Zito scored on an assist by Carullo.
Towards the end of the first half, the New Paltz Hawks started to really take control of the game. Carullo shot two more goals in a row, one assisted by third-year Amy Hofer. Hofer followed with an unassisted goal of her own. At 2:04, the last Hawks goal of the half was made by fourth-year attack Jennifer O’Leary, assisted by Carullo.
New Paltz led 8-3 going into the second half.
Hofer managed to find the back of the cage again, assisted by Brosnan 17 seconds into the second half.
At 18:23, New Paltz started a scoring streak that would lead to eight goals in a row. Some highlights were from the first-year players on the team; Brosnan and midfielder Ella Malanga each shot a goal of their own.
Despite Hartwick shooting the last goal of the game, it didn’t amount to anything. New Paltz defeated Hartwick with a crushing score of 19-7, extending their streak as the most mighty Hawks around.
Third-year goalkeeper Haley Timarky played for 47:48 minutes and picked up the win with seven saves.
Next, the Lady Hawks traveled to New Jersey to face Stockton University on Tuesday afternoon.
New Paltz started strong, getting the first goal of the game just one minute and 21 seconds in. Zito was the one who found the back of the cage, assisted by Brosnan. Despite the good start, however, the Ospreys had a dominate first half and took a 6-3 lead over the Hawks. For the Ospreys, second-year attack Casey Shultz tacked on three goals herself.
In the second half, Stockton’s dominance continued as they got the first two goals of the period.
New Paltz did fight hard to stay in the game. O’Leary scored a goal on a free position shot, and Hofer did the same. Hofer and Zito then each scored an unassisted goal, and Malanga got two goals on her own late in the game.
To finish it off, Stockton scored the last three goals of the game to take the win, 16-9.
First-year goalkeeper Julia Culhane played the full 60 minutes and collected 12 saves, compared to the Stockton’s goalkeepers who collectively got six saves.
At 1 p.m. today, the Lady Hawks will travel to Farmingdale State to face the Rams. New Paltz was supposed to travel to Florida to Keene State over spring break, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the trip has been canceled.