PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State lacrosse team rode a four-goal third period and a three-goal game from Tom Duggan on its way to a 9-7 nonconference victory against Clarkson Friday night.
The Cardinals (10-5) couldn’t get on the scoreboard in the first period and found themselves trailing 2-0 entering the second after the Golden Knights received goals from Peter Goss and Tyler Tomeny to grab the early lead.
However, the Plattsburgh offense found some life after Matthew Gold extended the Clarkson lead to 3-0 with just over seven minutes remaining in the second. Scores from Charlie Dullea and Duggan narrowed the Cardinals’ deficit to just one entering the second half.
It took less than a minute for Plattsburgh to knot up the game, with Duggan finding the back of the net once again for his 18th goal of the season. Each team tacked on another goal before the Cardinals scored twice more to end the third period with the 6-4 advantage.
The two-goal lead would hold up for Plattsburgh, with each team notching three scores in the final frame. After goals from Jack Felter and Mark Nortz extended the Cardinals’ lead to 9-5, their largest lead of the game, Clarkson tacked on two more goals before ultimately falling short.
Duggan paced the Plattsburgh offense with his three goals, and both Brendan Damm and Felter pitched in with a pair of their own as well. Robbie Ashlaw and Tom Monahan each contributed two points in the victory.
For the Golden Knights, Gold led his team with a three-point performance, and Nortz added two goals for Clarkson as well.
In net, Plattsburgh goalie Andrew Hauk had a nice turnaround after a rough opening period. After saving just one of the three shots on goal in the initial frame, Hauk finished the day stopping nine of the final 14 shots he faced to earn the win. For the Golden Knights goalie Nick Strandholm allowed nine of 17 shots through and took the loss.