PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team set a new standard last season.
The Cardinals finished 14-4 overall, a school record for single-season victories, and 5-1 in SUNY Athletic Conference play.
The Cardinals recorded their first-ever post-season win, a 15-7 home decision over The College at Brockport in the conference semifinals and made their first-ever trip to the title game where they fell, 9-2, at Division III power Cortland.
The season was capped off by Ryan Cavanagh becoming the first-ever Plattsburgh men’s lacrosse coach to be honored as SUNYAC Coach of the Year.
It’s a new season, however, with the Cardinals opening their campaign with a noon nonconference game today against Norwich University at the Plattsburgh State Field House Lacrosse Complex.
The Cardinals have received votes in the USILA Division III pre-season lacrosse poll.
Offensively, Plattsburgh will be bolstered by the return of three of its six leading scorers from a year ago — Brendan Damm (36-16-52), Tim Lawrence (30-16-46) and Tom Duggan (17-10-27).
The Cardinals have a 17-game regular season schedule and will play their first SUNYAC game on March 29 at Geneseo.
Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse
1- Tim Lawrence, 5-6, 145 senior attack, Kings Park/Kings Park
2- James Read, 6-0, 160, junior attack, Miller Place/Miller Place
3- Brendan Cefalu, 5-7, 155, junior attack/midfield, East Islip/East Islip
4- Joey Kromer, 5-11, 195, sophomore midfield, Clifton Park/Shenendehowa
5- Tom Duggan, 6-3, 205, senior midfield, Levittown/Levittown Division
6- Chris Guzzetta, 5-7, 160, goalie, East Islip/East Islip
7- Robbie Ashlaw, 5-9, 185, senior midfield, North Syracuse/Cicero-North Syracuse
8- Courtney Cox, 5-10, 185, senior midfield, Grand Island/Grand Island
9- Brendan Damm, 6-3, 190, attack/midfield, Montauk/East Hampton
10- Andrew Hauk, 6-2, 196, senior goalie, Sackets Harbor/Immaculate Heart
11- Austin Belz, 5-10, 165, freshman attack/midfield, Bayport/Bayport-Blue Point
12- James Higgins, 5-9, 172, sophomore attack, Wading River/Shoreham Wading River
13- Cole Andersen, 5-9, 175, junior midfield, St. James/Smithtown East
14- Joe Eiseman, 5-8, 168, freshman midfield, Farmingdale/Sachem East