UTICA, N.Y. – SUNYIT's Lady Wildcats (2-5, 2-0 NEAC) made the long trip to SUNY Canton on Wednesday carrying the flame after two consecutive conference wins over Wells College and Lancaster Bible College this past weekend. But the rush of victory just wasn't enough for the Wildcats to defeat the Kangaroos.
SUNY Canton came out strong placing two shots within the first seven minutes. After the next two minute battle SUNYIT's Amanda Bohne (Clay, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse High School) found the back of the net (-21:40) to get the Wildcats on the board. Within the last five minutes of the half Veronica Metz (Morrisville, NY/Morrisville High School/ MVCC), SUNYIT's Student Athlete of the Week tied up the score (4-4) and from there it was game on.
From the first whistle of the second half to the final horn of the game the Wildcats battled the Kangaroos back and forth for goals, both achieving several short rack-up runs. SUNYIT always found a way to filter through SUNY Canton's iron curtain, but in the end the Wildcats came up too short and the Kangaroos walked away with a 14-9 victory.
"[SUNY] Canton played a great game and fought hard for the win," noted Head Coach Erynn Anderson. We could not play our transition game today and it cost us offensive opportunities. We are looking forward to getting back into NEAC play this Saturday. It wasn't our best showing and the team knows that, owns it and is ready to move on to the next contest."
Wildcat Veronica Metz' (Morrisville, NY/Morrisville High School/ MVCC) reputation proceeded her once again as she led the team with seven out of the nine goals scored accompanying Bohne and Taviot Jackowski (LaFayette, NY/LaFayette High School).
"You can't always come out on top," Metz stated. "But that game is over and done with and you better believe we're [going to] come out fired up for Saturday."
Aubrey Campbell (Auburn, NY/Auburn High School) had 11 saves for the game.
"I thought that we could have played better," commented Campbell. "The thought was there but the intensity [we have brought to the field the past two games] wasn't."
It seems that the girls are putting the turnout of this past Wednesday behind them and have their eyes set on the encounter they have ahead versus Medaille College on Wildcat turf Saturday, March 31st at 6:00pm