MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – With the score tied late in the third quarter, the Oswego State men’s lacrosse team scored eight unanswered goals en route to a season-opening 15-7 win against Morrisville Saturday afternoon. The Lakers (1-0) were led by Chris Porten’s (So., Auburn, N.Y.) four goals and three assists, while Ian O’Brien (Sr., Gansevoort, N.Y.) stopped 11 shots to hand the Mustangs their first loss of the season.
Both squads went back-and-forth in the first quarter with each team scoring three goals, including man-up goals.
Less than five minutes into the second quarter, Morrisville took the lead behind an even strength goal by Jeremy Beresovoy, who accounted for three Mustang goals by the end of the day. However, Oswego State closed out the stanza strong beginning when Cody Hoose (Fr., Syracuse, N.Y.) found Britt Leone (Sr., Schenectady, N.Y.) for the first of four consecutive goals before halftime.
Head coach Ryan Martin received goals from Connor Brown (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.), Matt Palmer (Fr., Pittsford, N.Y.), and Porten as Oswego State held a 7-4 lead.
Morrisville came out of the break with three straight goals from Beresovoy, Richie Fischer, and Mike McGinnis to level the score at 7-7 with 2:03 remaining in the third quarter. The tie did not last long, though, as Porten found the back of the cage twice in the final minute to put the Lakers back on top, 9-7.
The momentum continued to swing in favor of Oswego State when Leone scored a man-up goal 37 seconds into the final frame with the assist going to Connor Khammar (Fr., Camillus, N.Y.). The Lakers went on to score the last five goals of the game to avenge last year’s 11-10 loss.
In addition to Porten’s seven points, Leone finished with five points on three goals and two assists, while fellow attackman Casey Balzer (Jr., Nassau, N.Y.) registered three goals and an assist. As expected, several newcomers also made immediate contributions. Hoose ended with a pair of goals and assists followed by two goals from Palmer, a goal from Brown, two assists from Khammar, and an assist from Michael Koos (Fr., West Islip, N.Y.).
Defensively, long-stick midfielder Brian Slattery (St. James, N.Y.) tallied six of Oswego State’s 33 groundballs and caused three turnovers along with Khammar. The Lakers also had a lot of success on face-offs as Ron Mckay (Fr., Waterford, N.Y.) went 11-of-14 on the draw and Dan Allgeier (Jr., Bayport, N.Y.).
Oswego State ended the game 4-of-12 during man-up situations, while limiting the Mustangs to just one man-up goal in six chances.
The Lakers return to action Wednesday when they face SUNY Canton on the road at 4 p.m.