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March 2, 2013

Cardinal men hope to buck the odds

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Although Plattsburgh has already shown it can beat Oswego, Emery thinks the Lakers are the favorite in this matchup.

“I think the pressure’s on them,” he said. “They’re at home. They were picked to win the league. They were, I think, preseason No. 1 or 2 in the country. We have 11 freshmen.

“I think if we can go in there and if we can upset them, that’s what we’re trying to do because they’re the team to beat.”

But the Lakers may have one less thing to worry about. Emery said he thinks Oswego will get an at-large NCAA bid if it needs it, while the Cardinals believe they have to win today to continue their season.

This postseason showdown is a familiar one. The Cardinals and Lakers will be meeting in the championship game for the fifth time in the last six years. Plattsburgh won last year in Oswego and also beat the Lakers in 2008 and 2009.

The Cardinals’ five seniors will be playing their third title game against Oswego.

“Yeah, I mean, it’s a great rivalry,” senior Paul Puglisi said. “I feel like it’s always a tough game playing them; they’re a really great team, especially offensively. So every chance we get to play them, we know it’s going to be a tough game. But I always look forward to it.”

Email Courtney Lewis: clewis@pressrepublican.com

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