---- — PLATTSBURGH — A nine-goal second half lifted the Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team to a 14-2 nonconference win against the Norwich Cadets in the home opener Wednesday afternoon at the Field House Lacrosse Complex.
Despite a 14-4 first quarter advantage in shots, the Cardinals’ offense got off to a slow start. Plattsburgh State was finally able to get going with 1:08 left in the opening stanza on a goal by James Higgins’ first collegiate goal. Cole Andersen picked up an assist on the goal to give a 1-0 lead at the end of the first.
Ryan Hastings made it 2-0 at the 12:35 mark of the second quarter before goals from Andersen and Brendan Damm gave the Cardinals a four-goal lead. Brett McClelland rounded out the first half with a man-up goal at the 3:30 mark to send Plattsburgh State into halftime with a comfortable 5-0 lead.
The Cardinals continued to pour it on in the third with four more goals. Tom Duggan converted an extra-man opportunity at 13:54 before Hastings added his second of the afternoon at 10:32 to stretch it to a 7-0 advantage.
Nick Travers tallied his third of the year later in the quarter and Higgins added his second of the game to make it a 9-0 game through 45 minutes.
Damm scored three goals in the fourth quarter, including a man-up marker with 6:38 left in regulation. Anthony Pafundi also added a man-up goal in the fourth while Andrew Tralongo scored his first of the season, closing out the scoring for the Cardinals.
Norwich spoiled the shutout with 5:25 left on the clock when Ian Mendoza scored his second of the year. A man-up goal from Ian Thomas at the 2:52 mark brought the score to 14-2. Seth Fuller picked up assists on both Norwich goals.
Damm was Plattsburgh’s offensive leader with four goals and an assists. Higgins finished with two goals and an assist and Hastings found the back of the net twice. Duggan, Andersen and McClelland added two points apiece while Travers, Tralongo, Pafundi, Nick Parrella, James Read, and John Olsen all contributed a point. Defensively, Ryan Phillips led the team with four caused turnovers.
With the victory, the Cardinals improve to 4-0 on the year. The Cadets drop to 0-2.
Gordie Gehring earned the win for Plattsburgh, allowing one goal and recording seven stops. Eric Howard took over for the final 3:17, allowing one goal and making one save. Norwich’s Mark Paradiso suffered the loss with 14 saves in the first half. Ryan Fecteau allowed nine goals and made six saves in the second half for the Cadets.
The Cardinals outshot the Cadets, 60-18 and won 12 of 20 faceoffs. Plattsburgh went 4-for-8 on extra-man opportunities, which Norwich converted 1-of-5 attempts.
Plattsburgh returns to action Wednesday, March 13, hosting Morrisville State for a nonconference contest. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at the Field House Lacrosse Complex.