POTSDAM — The Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team held a 45-19 advantage in shots against host Potsdam on Wednesday night.
It didn’t do the Cardinals any good, however.
Ryan Duffy turned away 19 shots in net as the Bears (7-3, 1-1) held on for an 8-7 upset of the Cardinals (8-4, 1-2) in SUNY Athletic Conference play.
Plattsburgh, trying to bounce back from last weekend’s heartbreaking one-goal loss at conference power Cortland, wasn’t able to get back on the winning track.
The Cardinals managed only a combined two goals in the second half. Still, Plattsburgh held a slim 6-5 lead entering the fourth period.
But consecutive goals by Ed Doherty, Matt Kennedy and Berkley Stone rallied Potsdam into an 8-6 advantage.
Tim Lawrence brought the Cardinals back to within 8-7 with 3:16 remaining, but Plattsburgh was unable to get the equalizer.
The Cardinals held a 3-2 lead after one and a 5-4 advantage at the half.
Stone and Kennedy paced the Bears with two goals each, while Rob Kunz, Pat Bonafede. Jon Woodworth and Doherty chipped in with one apiece.
Lawrence finished with two goals and an assist, while Jack Felter also scored twice for Plattsburgh.
High-scoring Brendan Damm, despite taking 12 shots, was limited to one goal and two assists. James Read and Anthony Pafundi also scored.
Andrew Hauk made three saves in the Plattsburgh nets.
Meanwhile, Duffy turned away eight shots in the first period alone and added six stops in the fourth to preserve the Potsdam victory.
The Cardinals host Oswego at 1 p.m. on Saturday in conference play at the Plattsburgh State Field House Complex.
Potsdam 8, Plattsburgh 7
Score by periods:
Plattsburgh 3 2 1 1 — 7
Potsdam 2 2 1 3 — 8
Plattsburgh- Tim Lawrence, 2 goals, 1 assist; Jack Felter, 2 goals; Brendan Damm, 1 goals, 2 assists; Anthony Pafundi, 1 goal; James Read, 1 goal; Andrew Tralongo, 1 assist.
Potsdam- Berkley Stone, 2 goals; Matt Kennedy, 2 goals; Rob Kunz, 1 goal, 3 assists; Ed Doherty, 1 goal; Pat Bonafede, 1 goal; Jon Woodworth, 1 goal; Matt Moran, 2 assists; Derek Frost, 1 assist.
Shots: Plattsburgh 45, Potsdam 19
Shots on goal: Plattsburgh 26, Potsdam 11
Saves: Hauk, PSU, 3. Duffy (19), Gropp (0), Pots, 19
Turnovers: Potsdam 16, Plattsburgh 8
Clears: Plattsburgh, 14-14. Potsdam, 15-19
Ground balls: Plattsburgh 27, Potsdam 19
Face-offs won: Plattsburgh, 8-19. Potsdam, 11-19
Extra-man opportunities: Plattsburgh, 1-5. Potsdam, 2-5.