April 30, 2014

Plattsburgh State battles Potsdam in SUNYAC lacrosse playoffs

PLATTSBURGH — Potsdam State is the reason the Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team isn’t hosting a SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal today.

Both teams finished 4-2 in conference play, but the second-seeded Bears won the tie-breaker over the third-seeded Cardinals by rallying for an 8-7 victory over Plattsburgh on April 9 at the Maxcy Hall turf field.

The Cardinals (12-5, 4-2) and Bears (10-5, 4-2) go at it again at 4 p.m. today in Potsdam, with the Cardinals having revenge on their minds and, most importantly, a trip to the tournament championship game.

The other semifinal has conference power and top-seeded Cortland (13-3, 6-0) hosting fourth-seeded Oneonta (5-10, 3-3). Saturday’s title contest will be held at 1 p.m. at the site of the higher seed.

In the regular season meeting between the two teams, Potsdam outscored Plattsburgh, 3-1, in the fourth period to prevail.

It was the second-straight, one-goal loss for the Cardinals, who dropped a tough 11-10 setback in Cortland on April 5.

Berkley Stone and Matt Kennedy scored two goals each for the Bears against the Cardinals, while Rob Kunz added a goal and three assists. A big key in the Potsdam win was Ryan Duffy in net, who finished with 19 saves.

Tim Lawrence led Plattsburgh with two goals and an assist, while Jack Felter added two goals.

The Cardinals enter the playoffs on a three-game winning streak. Plattsburgh closed out its regular season this past Saturday with an 18-11 victory over The College at Brockport at the Plattsburgh State Field House Complex.

Brendan Damm (46 goals, 16 assists, 62 points) is the leading scorer for the Cardinals, who are also getting solid production from Robbie Ashlaw (30-24-54), Lawrence (22-15-37) and Tom Duggan (21-13-34).

The high-scoring Cardinals are outscoring their opponents by a 207-140 margin, while the Bears have a 145-107 scoring edge on their foes.

Potsdam was 4-1 in conference play before dropping a 7-6 decision at Geneseo over the weekend. The Bears had already wrapped up the second seed prior to playing the contest.

Kunz (28-28-56) is the leading point producer for the Bears, followed by Pat Bonafede (25-11-36) and Ed Doherty (26-5-31).

Cortland is currently ranked eighth in the country in Division III and Oneonta figures to have its hands full today. Cortland recorded a 21-7 regular season victory over Oneonta on April 12.

Potsdam’s other loss in conference play was a 15-3 home setback to Cortland.

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