Comeback falls short for Oswego State men’s lacrosse team

POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s lacrosse team (6-2) headed into the fourth quarter tied with Clarkson (6-3) after the Lakers erased a four-goal halftime deficit, but Oswego State came up just short in the end as it suffered a 13-12 loss Wednesday afternoon.

The Lakers, who forced a Golden Knight turnover in Clarkson’s offensive zone, called timeout with 42 seconds remaining in regulation to set up the offense in an effort to level the score. Oswego State got a shot off, but it went wide as the Golden Knights wrapped up the win by causing a turnover of their own in the final seconds.

Both squads got a feel for each other in the first quarter resulting in a low-scoring frame as Connor Khammar (So., Camillus, N.Y.) buried a pass from Nick Giampaolo (Jr., Setauket, N.Y.) in the first three minutes. Clarkson responded on its next possession with the first of three goals from Robert Linder with 10:50 on the clock, and what was the final goal of the quarter.

Brendon Shearin scored two straight goals to put the Golden Knights ahead 3-1 with less than seven minutes left in the half. Giampaolo cut the lead in half with his seventh goal of the season, but Clarkson closed out the stanza with three goals, including Shearin’s third marker of the quarter, to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.

Head coach Ryan Martin’s squad started the second half on fire, scoring four goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter. Giampaolo found Jimmy Cordon (So., Syracuse, N.Y.) open for his 12th goal of the year followed by Casey Balzer (Sr., Nassau, N.Y.) netting an unassisted goal with 12:49 on the clock. Cordon notched his second goal of the game two minutes later before Matt Palmer (So., Pittsford, N.Y.) scored the equalizer after receiving a pass from Chris Porten (Jr., Auburn, N.Y.).

Cody Hoose (So., Syracuse, N.Y.) put the Lakers back in front with his 15th marker of the season and 1:47 on the scoreboard, but the Golden Knights stopped the scoring streak seven seconds later with a Linder goal to make the game even at 7-7 with one quarter to play.

Clarkson’s Corey Harrington and Gold netted a pair of quick goals to give the home team a two-goal lead. Oswego State got one of those goals back after the ensuing faceoff when Cordon hit Hoose for his second goal of the game.

The Golden Knights countered with two more strikes of their own to make the score, 11-8 with 9:30 to play. However, the Lakers maintained their composure to post two goals from the sticks of Cordon and Khammar 24 seconds apart. Khammar’s goal was also a man-up marker.

Again, Clarkson answered with goals from Shearin and Gold to grab a 13-10 lead with 6:33 on the clock. Oswego State refused to go down quietly as Khammar and Cordon tallied unassisted goals with three minutes left in regulation.

The Lakers won the next faceoff, but Golden Knight goalie Ryan Cole made one of his six saves that led to Clarkson clearing the ball. The Golden Knights turned the ball over, allowing Oswego State to clear its defensive zone for a chance to set up the game-tying goal.

Bryan Martin (Jr., St. James, N.Y.) made nine saves, as the Lakers were out-shot 35-24. Troy Crevier (Fr., Webster, N.Y.) finished the game with nine groundballs, while going 13-for-27 on faceoffs.

Oswego State hosts 16th-ranked Plattsburgh in the Lakers’ first home game of the season on Saturday at 1 p.m.