TROY — Senior Joey Kramer recorded five points to lead the Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team to a 7-5 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action from East Campus Stadium.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 1-0 on the season, while the Engineers drop to 0-2.
“Obviously, it was our first time out,” Plattsburgh coach Ryan Cavanaugh said. “We didn’t have any scrimmages before and RPI is a really good team, a quality program and we were nervous. Our first time out, you don’t really know what you’re going to get.”
Seniors Brett McClelland and Kramer scored goals 1:13 apart in the first quarter to give the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead. Kramer also earned an assist on McClelland’s first of the year.
Rensselaer answered back at 5:38 of the opening frame, when sophomore Colin Fortuner stuck home an unassisted tally for his second of the season. Junior Mike Hicks then pulled the Engineers even at 2-2 with 41 seconds to go in the quarter.
McClelland netted his second of the contest – just 33 seconds into the second quarter – to regain a one-goal edge for the Cardinals, but RPI senior Eric Valero retaliated 2:15 later to knot the game at 3-3.
The game remained tied at the half, with RPI holding a 17-12 advantage in shots and a 21-17 edge in ground balls.
Plattsburgh State scored the first four goals of the second half, including two in the third quarter by Kramer and freshman Brendan Damm. Early fourth-quarter tallies from McClelland and Kramer pushed the Cardinals’ lead to 7-3 with 11:19 remaining in the game.
Valero then scored two straight times to pull the Engineers to within 7-5 with 2:19 to go but that was as close as RPI would get in Wednesday’s contest.
“The beginning of the game we had some breakdowns, offensively and defensively, but we coached through that and the guys worked hard through that,” Cavanaugh said. “We made some adjustments.