PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team, which is receiving votes in the Division III national poll, didn’t hurt its cause any on Wednesday.
Brendan Damm scored five goals and Robbie Ashlaw added four goals and two assists as the Cardinals (8-2) recorded a 16-12 victory over No. 17-ranked St. Lawrence University at the Plattsburgh State Field House Lacrosse Complex.
It marked the first time in program history the Cardinals have beaten the Saints in lacrosse.
Tim Lawrence and Jack Felter chipped in with two goals each for Plattsburgh, with Lawrence also getting two assists. James Read, Cole Andersen and Anthony Pafundi contributed a goal apiece, and Tom Duggan assisted on two.
Andrew Hauk turned aside 10 shots in the Cardinal nets as Plattsburgh held a 42-33 shot advantage.
Conor Healey led the Saints (5-3) with four goals and two assists, while Charlie Jennings and Tommy Hovey followed with two goals apiece.
It was a quiet first period, with the two teams tied at 1-all.
Plattsburgh, however, went to work in the middle two stanzas.
The Cardinals outscored the Saints, 7-3, in the second period to take an 8-4 advantage into the half.
Damm tallied two of his goals in the second, while Andersen, Pafundi, Ashlaw, Read and Lawrence chipped in with one each in a balanced attack.
Damm’s first goal of the contest, which came a minute into the second, put Plattsburgh ahead to stay, at 2-1.
The Cardinals kept up the pace in the third, outscoring the Saints by a 6-2 margin for a commanding 14-6 lead after three. Ashlaw, Damm and Felter each found the net twice.
St. Lawrence attempted a comeback and got to within 15-10 on Hovey’s goal with 5:18 left in the contest.
But Damm put the Cardinals back up by six goals a half a minute later before Jennings and Hovey scored for the Saints in the final three minutes.