POTSDAM, N.Y. – In a physical, back-and-forth battle, the Oswego State men’s lacrosse team (6-4, 1-2 SUNYAC) dropped another heartbreaker in an 11-10 double-overtime decision at Potsdam (5-3, 1-1) Wednesday night. Kyle Nicholas proved to be the hero for the Bears, as he scored the game-tying goal and the game-winning goal with 1:42 left in the second extra frame. It also marked the fifth straight one-goal contest played by the Lakers.
Jimmy Cordon (So., Camillus, N.Y.) got the ball rolling for the Lakers in the first quarter when he scored a man-up goal after receiving a pass from Casey Balzer (Sr., Nassau, N.Y.), but Potsdam later tallied three goals less than three minutes apart late in the stanza. Cody Hoose (So., Syracuse, N.Y.) stopped the scoring string with 1:28 remaining to send Oswego State into the second trailing 3-2.
Both squads traded goals throughout the entire quarter with the Laker goals coming from Cordon, who scored on another man-up situation, Chris Porten (Jr., Auburn, N.Y.) and Nick Giampaolo (Jr., Setauket, N.Y.), as Oswego State went into halftime trailing by one goal.
The seesaw battle extended into the third quarter, as Cordon registered his third goal of the game less than four minutes after play resumed. However, Kyle Nicholas and Jeff Seager netted markers for the Bears 25 seconds apart to make the score 8-6.
Shortly after gaining the two-goal advantage, Potsdam was whistled for pushing, which allowed Balzer to notch Oswego State’s third man-up goal of the game with under nine minutes to play in the quarter. Giampaolo tied the game with his second goal following the eighth Bear penalty less than minute later before Cordon posted his fourth marker on yet another man-up opportunity to gives the Lakers a slim 9-8 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.
Potsdam leveled the score with a man-up goal of its own when Derek Frost early in the period, but Porten put Oswego State back. The lead did not last long as Nicholas knotted the score for the eighth time.
The Lakers had the first scoring chance in the first overtime, but Bear goalie Stefan Sloma made two of his ten saves to keep the home team alive and force another frame. Potsdam gained control in the next overtime, and ended the game when Nicholas scored his third goal of the contest.
Troy Crevier (Fr., Webster, N.Y.) and John Novitsky (Fr., Victor, N.Y.) paced the visitors with eight and six groundballs, respectively. The Lakers cashed in on their man-up opportunities, going 5-for-11, while Potsdam went 1-for-3. Bryan Martin finished the game with 11 saves in the losing effort.
Oswego State continues conference play on Saturday when it hosts Geneseo at 1 p.m.