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SUNY Potsdam laxmen outlast Oswego; SLU halts Clarkson

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POTSDAM - Senior attackman Kyle Nicholas (Syracuse, N.Y.) buried a pass from senior midfielder Pat Morrill (Webster, N.Y.) to give the SUNY Potsdam men’s lacrosse team (5-3, 1-1 SUNYAC) an 11-10 double-overtime victory over SUNY Oswego (6-4, 1-2).

Nicholas had three goals to lead the Bears and senior captain Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y.) added two goals and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Jimmy Cordon (Camillus, N.Y.) led the Lakers with four goals on the night.

Cordon put Oswego up 1-0 3:15 into the contest with a man-up tally and Oswego held the lead for nearly seven minutes. Potsdam answered with a 3-0 run on goals from junior attackman Jeff Seager (Ballston Spa, N.Y.), junior midfielder Derek Frost (Buffalo, N.Y.) and freshman attackman Matt Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.). Laker sophomore attackman Cody Hoose (Syracuse, N.Y.) cut the gap to 3-2 at the 1:28 mark and the score remained the same at the first break.

The teams alternated goals in the second quarter. Cordon, junior attackman Chris Porten (Auburn, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Nick Gianpaolo (Setauket, N.Y.) each scored for Oswego. Kunz answered with two goals and freshman midfielder Pat Bonafede (Churchville, N.Y.) chipped in one as Potsdam took a 6-5 advantage into halftime.

After Cordon tied the game at 11:08 of the third quarter, Nicholas and Seager gave the Bears an 8-6 lead. Penalties hurt Potsdam over the remainder of the period as Oswego scored three straight man-up goals to take a 9-8 lead into the final 15 minutes. Senior attackman Casey Balzer (Nassau, N.Y.), Giampaolo and Cordon scored in succession.

The defenses tightened up in the fourth quarter. Frost tied the game with a man-down goal at 13:38. Potsdam killed off two more penalties during the next seven minutes, but Porten put Oswego back in front at 6:02. After the Lakers won the ensuing faceoff, Bear senior goalie Stefan Sloma made a difficult save and Potsdam cleared the zone. Bonafede found Nicholas, who beat Oswego junior goalie Bryan Martin (Saint James, N.Y.) to tie the score at 10-10 with 3:23 left in regulation. After another Laker faceoff win, Sloma intercepted a pass and Potsdam fired off three more chances as time expired.

Oswego controlled the play in the first overtime, but after two more critical Sloma saves Potsdam had the ball again with time running out. Two more Bear shots were unable to find the back of the net as the four-minute extra session ran out.

Junior midfielder Jared Flath (Dexter, N.Y.) won the faceoff to start the second overtime and Potsdam methodically moved the ball an ran the clock. Morrill had a shot blocked at 2:19 followed by a great save from Martin 13 seconds later off a chance from Frost. The Lakers claimed the ground ball and looked to clear the zone. Sophomore midfielder Kyle Wistner (Williamsville, N.Y.) had the ball knocked from his stick, by Morrill who scooped up the loose ball and fired to Nicholas for the victory.

Sloma finished with 10 saves, including two in overtime, for his fifth career victory. Martin stopped 11 shots for Oswego on the night.

Potsdam looks to keep the momentum going in an important SUNYAC road game at Oneonta on Saturday at 11 a.m.

SLU LAXMEN HALT CLARKSON

The St. Lawrence University men’s lacrosse team played one of its most thorough games of the season on Friday, earning a 10-3 conference win over Clarkson University at Hall-Leet Stadium.

The Saints were solid in all aspects of the game, as the defense clamped down, the offense scored early and goaltender Jack Nuland turned in nine saves.

The Saints (8-3, 4-0) remain atop the Liberty League standings with the win, which was highlighted by a 42-17 shot advantage and a 31-17 lead in ground balls. The Saints also were 18-of-19 in clears, while Clarkson (7-4, 2-2) was 14-of-19, and rookie Kirk Ryder won 11-of-17 face-offs.

First-year Jeremy Vautour scored a hat trick in the first half, while seniors Davey Hovey and Mac Johnson each added a pair of goals. Pierson Fowler and Justin Ingram each had a goal and an assist in the win, while Jack Roberts, Cam Scullen, Oliver Dennis and Josh Robinson helped the defense keep Clarkson’s attack off its game. Roberts finished with a game-high four caused turnovers and five ground balls.

St. Lawrence set the tone early with an 11-2 edge in shots in the first quarter en route to a 3-1 lead. Ingram opened the scoring 3:25 in, while Johnson took a feed from Hovey at the top of the crease and beat Golden Knight goalie Ryan Cole for the 2-0 lead midway through the stanza.

Though Clarkson’s Austin Case would score his first of the season with 2:54 remaining in the opening period, Cody Danforth answered a mere :25 seconds later for a 3-1 lead. The goal would kick-start a seven-goal run that gave the home team a comfortable eight goal lead.

St. Lawrence would outscore Clarkson 4-0 in the second quarter, including the hat trick from Vautour, for a 7-1 lead at intermission. The Hampton, NB native beat Cole with two blitzing shots and another on a rebound in front. Fowler also unleashed a laser after completing a clear to put his team firmly in control at halftime.

With Nuland and the defense doing its part and having only committed three turnovers, the Saints’ offense continued to thrive in the third quarter with Hovey and Johnson scoring back-to-back goals only 2:13 apart. Though that would be the only scoring in the period, it was enough to give St. Lawrence a seemingly-insurmountable lead at 9-1 with only 15:00 minutes remaining.

The Golden Knights would end the Saints’ goal streak 2:28 into the fourth quarter on a man-up tally by Mark Nortz. Though Corey Herrington would claw Clarkson within six at 9-3 with 6:46 remaining, Hovey put the game away with 3:33 to play, attacking from behind the net and beating Cole for his sixth of the season.

Vautour now has 22 goals on the season and remains one of the top scoring threats in the Liberty League. Cole finished with 11 saves in the loss for Clarkson.

The Saints can wrap up a home game in the 2013 Liberty League Tournament when they host Rensselaer on “Senior Day” on April 20 at Hall-Leet Stadium. However, St. Lawrence will first complete its non-conference schedule on Tuesday, April 16 when they host SUNY Potsdam at 4 p.m.

CLARKSON BASEBALL FALLS

Using 23 players in its mid-week non-conference game, the Clarkson University Baseball team came up short in its contest against SUNY Plattsburg, falling 9-3 against the Cardinals Wednesday afternoon at Chip Cummings Field in Plattsburgh.

The Golden Knights fell to 8-11 overall on the season and will face Liberty League conference leader Union College in a four-game set at Jack Phillips Stadium this weekend. Plattsburgh improved to 7-15.

Using most of the bullpen on Wednesday, seven different pitchers saw action for the Golden Knights and some fared better than others. The Cardinals touched up the Clarkson staff for a run in the bottom of the first and then produced three runs in the bottom half of the second inning, scoring three runs with two outs in the inning. Clarkson responded with pair of runs in the top of the third as Kyle Henchey (Rensselaer, NY) led off the inning with a single and moved up to third when David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) doubled. John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) drove in a run with a groundout and Dan Lenney (Clifton Park, NY) singled home Wixted to make the score 4-2.

Plattsburgh got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with just one out. The Knights were able to get out of the jam, allowing just a single run on base hit before turning a double play to end the threat.

In the top of the fifth, the Knights scored what would prove to be their final run when John Coleman led off the inning with a walk. Coleman then moved up to second base on a wild pitch and Nolan Driscoll (Troy, NY) drove him in with a single through the left side to make the score 5-3.

However, the Cardinals would strike for four runs in the bottom half of the fifth to extend its lead. For the final four frames, both teams occasionally made minor threats on the bases, but the scoring would conclude midway through the game.

Clarkson had 10 hits in the game, but with so many players seeing time, just Driscoll and Lenney had multi-hit games, as each went 2-for-5. On the mound, Jeremy Hoffman (Colonie, NY), Matt Ehrets (Johnson City, NY) and Jamie Terry (Auburn, NY) each pitched a scoreless inning of relief down the stretch.

SUNY POTSDAM SOFTBALL POSTPONED

The SUNY Potsdam softball doubleheader scheduled for this afternoon at SUNYIT in Utica has been postponed due to weather conditions.

The games will be rescheduled at a later date.

Next, the Bears host SUNYAC rival Cortland in their home opener this Friday, April 12. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

SUNY CANTON LAXWOMEN POSTPONED

The SUNY Canton women’s lacrosse game at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pa. scheduled for today at 5 p.m. was cancelled due to lightning.


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