Geneseo downs Oswego State men’s lacrosse team

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s lacrosse team (6-5, 1-3 SUNYAC) dug itself a hole in the second quarter that it was unable to overcome, as Geneseo handed the Lakers a 14-6 loss on Saturday afternoon.

With the score tied at one heading into the second quarter, the Blue Devils tallied seven goals to take a six-goal lead into halftime. Six different Lakers scored, while Geneseo was paced by four goals and an assist from Sam Thompson.

Oswego State controlled play for most of the first quarter, but only scored one goal in the frame when Casey Balzer (Sr., Nassau, N.Y.) hit Chris Porten (Jr., Auburn, N.Y.) with a pass for his 11th goal of the season with 6:33 on the scoreboard. Geneseo evened the score four minutes later when Zach Yehl scored the first of two goals.

A Laker cross-checking penalty late in the first quarter led to Blue Devil Steve Aziz scoring a man-up goal 40 seconds into the stanza. Less than a minute later, Yehl netted an unassisted goal to get Geneseo rolling. The Blue Devils held a 5-1 lead when Connor Khammar (So., Camillus, N.Y.) found the back of the cage following a Cody Hoose (So., Syracuse, N.Y.) pass with 7:25 remaining in the half. Geneseo went on to score three more goals before the break, as it went ahead 8-2.

Both squads traded goals to open the third quarter when both Laker goals coming from Nick Giampaolo (Jr., Setauket, N.Y.) and Jimmy Cordon (So., Camillus, N.Y.). Geneseo posted two more goals in the late stages of the period, but Hoose scored his 21st marker of the year to make the score, 12-5, in favor of the visitors.

Oswego State pressured the Blue Devil defense in the fourth quarter, getting off 14 shots, but could not cut into the deficit. Geneseo registered two goals in the final three minutes before Balzer rounded out the Laker scoring in the waning moments.

Oswego State goalie Bryan Martin made nine saves, while Ryan Zaremba stopped 12 shots in almost 54 minutes and Michael Greubel saved two shots at the end of the game.

The Lakers look to get back in the win column on Wednesday at St. John Fisher for a 4 p.m. contest.