CANANDAIGUA – Finger Lakes entered the official start of fall on Saturday (9/22) with a 7-0-1 record heading into its home matchup with Clinton CC. On the autumn afternoon, the Lady Lakers (8-0-1, 3-0 MSAC) would not let the zero in there loss column change to one. Facing a solid opponent in the Lady Cougars, they grabbed the win by a score of 2-nil.
In a game where the Lady Lakers outshot their visitors 19-2, most people reading today's press release probably would have expected a plethora of goals coming from Finger Lakes roster. That, on Saturday, was not the case – as Clinton's defensive and goaltending abilities stood strong against a strong test in the nation's second ranked team.
But – it would be the nation's second ranked team who would come out on top.
The Lady Lakers, who seemed to have a grasp on possession control in the afternoon contest, repeatedly kept a ton of pressure on the Lady Cougars zone in the winning effort. It wasn't easy containing a team's offense as high caliber of Finger Lakes, but as mentioned, Clinton kept it at bay – citing a sizeable difference in shots on goal.
The first of the Lady Laker goals scored in what was their fifth home win of 2012 was had by sophomore forward Rebecca Giacapuzzi. It came in the midway point of the first half. Giacapuzzi's marker came as a result of a rebounded shot that was fired off of the foot of teammate Hannah Dalle (defender/forward).
The game went into intermission reading Finger Lakes 1 and Clinton 0. It would remain that way until late in the second half before Danielle VonHahmann put a stamp on it. The forward scored the game's other goal with 10 minutes to go in the 90-minute meeting.
In net, Lady Lakers keeper Kristy Kirkpatrick was the one responsible for stopping both of the Lady Cougars shots on goal.
With the loss, Clinton dropped to 5-4 on the season. The Lady Cougars then rebounded with a draw in their next game, which took place yesterday at SUNY Delhi. Clinton (now 5-4-1 in 2012) tied the Lady Broncos in a 2OT showdown – 1-1.
Finger Lakes will hit the road for their next game, which is scheduled for tomorrow when they are slated to take on Genesee CC. The Lady Lakers and Lady Cougars will square off at 7:00 p.m. Genesee will enter the game with a 2-6-1 record.