PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team, with a SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament playoff spot on the line, wasted little time stating its case Wednesday afternoon.
The Cardinals (11-5, 3-2) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first period and never looked back in a 22-4 rout of Oneonta (4-10, 2-3) at the Plattsburgh State Field House Lacrosse Complex to clinch the third seed in the conference tournament.
Robbie Ashlaw tallied five goals and added three assists to lead the way for Plattsburgh, which took a commanding 14-2 advantage at the half.
Tim Lawrence followed with four goals, while Brendan Damm and Jack Felter chipped in with two apiece. Tom Duggan, James Read, Mitchell LaBianca, Cole Andersen, Matt Renko, Collin Cunningham, Nick DeCeglia, James Higgins and Chris Fuger also got into the scoring act.
One of Lawrence’s goal was his 100th at Plattsburgh.
Connor Coyle paced the Red Dragons with two goals, while Daniel Stern and Matt Salerno each contributed one.
Ashlaw scored three of his goals in the first period, while Felter, Renko, Damm and Read also scored to power the Cardinals to a 7-0 lead.
Ashlaw and Lawrence then tallied in the second for a 9-0 advantage before Coyle finally put Oneonta on the scoreboard.
But Lawrence added two more goals and Damm, Andersen and Ashlaw one each for a huge 14-2 halftime lead.
The Cardinals finished with a 48-32 advantage in shots.
The Cardinals close out the regular season with a 1 p.m. home conference game against The College at Brockport on Saturday.
Plattsburgh 22, Oneonta 4
Score by periods:
Oneonta 0 2 1 1 — 4
Plattsburgh 7 7 4 4 — 22
Oneonta- Connor Coyle, 2 goals, 1 assist; Daniel Stern, 1 goal; Matt Salerno, 1 goal; Jimmy Reiser, 1 assist.
Plattsburgh- Robbie Ashlaw, 5 goals, 3 assists; Tim Lawrence, 4 goals; Brendan Damm, 2 goals, 2 assists; Jack Felter, 2 goals, 2 assists; James Read, 1 goal, 1 assist; Tom Duggan, 1 goal, 1 assist; James Higgins, 1 goal; Cole Andersen, 1 goal, 1 assist; Nick DeCeglia, 1 goal; Matt Renko, 1 goal; Chris Fuger, 1 goal; Collin Cunningham, 1 goal; Mitchell LaBianca, 1 goal, 1 assist; Anthony Pafundi, 1 assist.
Shots: Plattsburgh 48, Oneonta 32
Ground balls: Plattsburgh 43, Oneonta 21
Face-offs: Oneonta, 10-30; Plattsburgh, 20-30
Clears: Oneonta, 14-16; Plattsburgh, 18-19
Extra-man opportunities: Oneonta, 0-1; Plattsburgh, 1-6
Turnovers: Oneonta 21, Plattsburgh 15.
Goalie saves: Reilly (2), Benigno (2), Fitzpatrick (7), One, 11. Hauk (4), Howard (3), Mantovanni (0), Massario (0), PSU, 7.