DANBURY, Conn. — After taking a commanding 8-1 lead in the first half, the Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse scored seven more in the latter half to earn a 15-8 win over Western Connecticut State in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.
Brendan Damm gave the Cardinals the first lead of the afternoon with a man-up goal at the 12:44 mark of the first quarter from Robbie Ashlaw.
Western Connecticut evened the score a little over a minute later when Ryan Foster tallied an unassisted marker at 11:35 but Plattsburgh State scored seven unanswered goals to close out the first half with an 8-1 lead.
After Plattsburgh State scored the first two goals of the third quarter to take a 10-1 lead, Western Connecticut scored four of the next five goals to narrow the margin to 11-5 going into the fourth quarter.
Defense and goaltending set the tone for the first six minutes of the final period, before the Cardinals scored twice to stretch its lead to 13-5. The Colonials again went on a 3-0 run to make the score 13-8 with six minutes to play, but Plattsburgh State scored the game’s last two goals for a 15-8 final margin of victory.
Damm scored a game-high four goals while Ashlaw and Tom Duggan contributed five points apiece for the Cardinals. Damm, Ashlaw and Joe Eiseman each picked up five ground balls. Duggan also led the team with three caused turnovers.
Ryan Foster led the Colonials’ offense with three goals, an assist and five ground balls.
Plattsburgh State held a 60-31 advantage in shots and a 47-29 edge in ground balls. The Cardinals went 3-for-9 with the extra man while the Colonials were 4-for-5.
Andrew Hauk recorded eight saves to earn the win for Plattsburgh State. Western Connecticut’s Kevin Seery made 16 saves in the loss.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 3-1 on the year. The Colonials drop to 1-2 overall.