Oswego State men’s lacrosse team can’t overcome slow start

ONEONTA, N.Y. – The Oswego State men’s lacrosse team (8-5, 1-4 SUNYAC) found itself facing an early eight-goal deficit en route to a 15-10 loss to Oneonta (4-9, 2-3 SUNYAC) Saturday afternoon. The Lakers outscored the Red Dragons by three goals in the final three quarters, but the gap was too large to overcome.

Jim van de Veerdonk opened the scoring for the Red Dragons less than 90 seconds into what seemed destined to be a low scoring quarter as neither team posted a goal for another four minutes. However, John DeOrdio netted three of five Oneonta markers in a three-minute span with additional goals from van de Veerdonk and Blair Hanson. The Red Dragons added two more scores before the horn sounded, as the Lakers trailed 8-0.

Matt Palmer (Fr., Pittsford, N.Y.) put Oswego State on the scoreboard two minutes into the second quarter after he was hit with a pass from Cody Hoose (Fr., Syracuse, N.Y.). Trailing by seven later in the stanza, Connor Khammar (Fr., Camillus, N.Y.) scored 16 seconds into an Oneonta penalty followed seconds later by a Hoose goal with an assist going to Casey Balzer (Jr., Nassau, N.Y.) to make the score 9-3.

Each team traded markers later in the quarter from van de Veerdonk and Nicholas Gay (Fr., Clarence Center, N.Y.) to give Oneonta a 10-4 advantage at the break.

The margin stayed at six goals at the end of three quarters as both squads tallied three goals. Hoose and Balzer connected again for one of the Laker scores, while Balzer posted two goals of his own.

Trailing 13-7 heading into the final frame, Hanson and van de Veerdonk found the back of the cage nine seconds apart to extend the home team’s lead.

However, the Lakers scored the final three goals of the game when Hoose assisted Connor Brown’s (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) seventh goal of the year before scoring his third marker of the game with five minutes left in regulation. Khammar rounded out the scoring, as Oswego State came up short at the end.

Ian O’Brien (Sr., Schenectady, N.Y.) recorded 16 saves in the losing effort, while Chris Miles stopped seven shots for the win. Oneonta won 23 out of 29 face-offs, and picked up 42 ground balls compared to 22 for the Lakers.

Oswego State closes out the season on Wednesday when it hosts Cortland at 4 p.m. Prior to the game, the Lakers will recognize the five seniors on the team.