ONEONTA, N.Y. -- In a battle of two top-15 teams, it was St. John Fisher that came out on top today with a 11-6 win against Oneonta State. The win for the No. 13 Cardinals raised its overall record to 4-0 while the loss for the Red Dragons was its first of the season, as they are now 5-1.
Senior Casey Sarle led Oneonta with three goals in the game including a pair on free position shots.
St. John Fisher found a way to slow down the Oneonta attack that was averaging nearly 15 goals per game entering the match up while making the most of its offensive opportunities. The Cardinals finished the contest with a 25-13 shot advantage.
St. John Fisher controlled the clock and jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 11 minutes. Lindsey Shoales, Samantha Barton and Sierra Badger each scored for the Cardinals.
Sarle got Oneonta on the scoreboard in the 14th minute before St. John Fisher countered with a pair of goals to go up 5-1 with just 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Sarle scored in the 29th minute to cut the lead to 5-2 entering halftime.
Junior scored the first goal of the second half to pull Oneonta to 5-3.
The Cardinals then scored three unanswered to take an 8-3 lead midway through the second half.
After a goal by junior Jillian Donodeo, Shoales scored back-to-back goals with assists from Erin Ward to give St. John Fisher a 10-4 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
Oneonta scored two of the final three goals for the final of 11-6.