MORRISVILLE - Senior goalie Ryan Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y.) made a career-high 16 saves and five different Bears provided the offense as the SUNY Potsdam mens lacrosse team (3-1) downed SUNY Morrisville (4-2) 5-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
Potsdam jumped on the board just 2:23 into the contest as senior captain Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y.) found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. The fast start was misleading, as goals were hard to come by throughout the game. Six minutes later, the Mustangs got even on a tally from Jeremy Beresovoy and the first quarter ended in a 1-1 draw.
Senior captain Ryan McConnell (Syracuse, N.Y.) put Potsdam back in front for good 59 seconds into the second period and fellow senior captain Derek Frost (Buffalo, N.Y.) capped the first half scoring with an unassisted marker with just six seconds remaining. The Mustangs put five shots on goal in the quarter, but Duffy turned each aside. The Bears goalie had seven saves through the first 30 minutes of the contest.
Sophomore midfielder Matt Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) extended the Bears lead to three with a goal at 7:45 of the third quarter. Three minutes later, freshman attackman Matt Moran (Watertown, N.Y.) increased the advantage to 5-1 with his third collegiate goal.
Chris Fiore made nine saves in a losing cause for the Mustangs.
Sophomore Kyle Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y.) won six of his 10 faceoffs for Potsdam.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they travel to SUNY Cortland for a neutral site contest against Kean University at 4 p.m.
CLARKSON MEN WIN
At the University of Tampa on Wednesday night, the Clarkson University mens lacrosse team closed out their Florida trip by netting a 12-9 non-league win over Wesleyan University.
The Golden Knights improved to 4-1 with the win and will now get set to open the Liberty League season on Saturday in Rochester against RIT starting at 1 p.m.
CLARKSON SOFTBALL SWEPT
In Fort Myers, Florida, the Clarkson softball team fell to UMass-Dartmouth (1-6) by the score of 7-2 and two Wooster College 4-0 to slip to 0-8 in its first season.
The Lady Golden Knights are slated to continue their Florida trip with games against SUNY Brockport and the University of New England this morning.
CANTON MEN PREVAIL
In Buffalo, Chris Gamble (Carthage, NY) had a break-out performance netting seven goals including the game-winner 1:43 into overtime as the SUNY Canton mens lacrosse team defeated host Medaille College in thrilling fashion, 13-12, Wednesday evening at All High Stadium.
Trailing 11-5 after three quarters of play the Roos (3-1) used a spirited comeback effort behind Gamble and company to upend the Mavericks (0-3). With 9:08 remaining in the game Gamble got SUNY Canton within 11-6 on an unassisted marker, his fourth goal of the contest.
Thirty-four seconds later Tanner Pratt (Canton, NY) assisted Garrett DiTullios (Potsdam, NY) fourth goal of the season. Jason Thompson (Massena, NY) beat the goalie for the second time in the contest to make it 11-8 with 7:50 remaining. Pratt received an on-point pass from Taylor Caswell (Potsdam, NY) to rip one in the back of the cage for his team-leading 12th of the season and Cam Carter (Colonie, NY) followed with his third of the year to give the Roos five straight goals.
After SUNY Canton got within one on the Carter tally, Medaille increased the lead to two with 4:30 remaining. Gamble responded beating Maverick goalie Julian LaDelia twice in a 28 second span to knot the game at 12-12 with 3:09 remaining. The Roo defense came up huge down the stretch killing a one-minute penalty to send the game into overtime.
Once again SUNY Canton proved they could perform under pressure as the man-down unit staved off another one-minute penalty and carried that momentum forward to finish off the game. With 1:43 remaining in the first sudden death overtime it was Gamble who came up in the clutch completely the miraculous comeback as he beat LaDelia for the seventh time resulting in the thrilling victory.
Corey Spuck (Rochester, NY) played an impressive contest between the pipes for SUNY Canton stopping a remarkable 21 shots. LaDelia turned aside 12 shots in the loss. Pratt was solid offensively finishing with two goals and two assists, while Thompson had two goals and Caswell assisted two goals.