March 4, 2013

Cardinals blow past Devils to begin season 3-0


---- — MADISON, N.J. — The Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team scored the first 10 goals of the game Sunday and rolled to a 20-10 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham in non-league play.

The Cardinals went 3-0 on the road this past week with wins over RPI (7-5), Farmingdale State (16-6) and FDU-Florham.

“The team is looking good,” Plattsburgh coach Ryan Cavanagh saud. “We’re a talented team in terms of the guys we have.

“Coming into a game like today, we didn’t know what to expect. FDU (Florham) has a pretty good history in terms of their program. We got a lot of guys in early and pretty much got everyone on the team in. It’s a learning experience and it was nice to get those younger guys in.”

Tim Lawrence and Brendan Damm combined for 13 points for the Cardinals. Damm finished with four goals and three assists, while Lawrence added three goals and three assists.

Joey Kramer, Nick Travers, Tom Duggan, John Olsen, Cole Anderson and Brendan Schecker added two goals apiece. Kramer had two assists, while Duggan and Olsen each added one.

Tommy Kilderry also scored, and Brett McClelland finished with three assists.

Gordie Gehring played the first half in net, while Chris Guzzetta and Joey Kromer shared time in the second half.

The Cardinals used 45 players in all.

“It’s extremely important to get a lot of guys in early in the season,” Cavanagh saud. “We’re still trying to figure out our roster right now. We have guys coming off injuries.

“We’re trying to juggle some things while still being competitive and give ourselves an opportunity to win. (Today) some guys showed reasons why they should be playing and some showed why they shouldn’t.”

Plattsburgh ran out to a 10-1 lead at the end of one period and increased its advantage to 15-3 at the half.

The Cardinals substituted freely the rest of the way, and FDU-Florham scored six of its 10 goals in the fourth period.

Jake Higgins led the Devils (0-3) with five goals, while Daniel Minnich was next with two.

The Cardinals play a 16-game regular season schedule and open their home campaign at 4 p.m. Wednesday with a non-league contest against Norwich University.

“We have a lot of confidence right now with a 3-0 start,” Cavanagh said. “We know we have a talented team. Looking before we stepped on the field for the first time this season, the RPI game was probably our biggest test. We can’t really ask for more than being 3-0. The guys are playing hard.

“Norwich is a decent team and we’re a little deeper than they are. We’ll try to figure out our roster before we hit our spring break and the Morrisville game.”

Plattsburgh 20, FDU-Florham 10

Plattsburgh 10 5 2 3 — 20

FDU-Florham 1 2 1 6 — 10

Plattsburgh scoring- Brendan Damm, 4 goals, 3 assists; Tim Lawrence, 3 goals, 3 assists; Joey Kramer, 2 goals, 2 assists; John Olsen, 2 goals, 1 assist; Tom Duggan, 2 goals, 1 assist; Nick Travers, 2 goals; Cole Anderson, 2 goals; Brendan Schecker, 2 goals; Tommy Kilderry, 1 goal; Brett McClelland, 3 assists;

FDU-Florham- Jake Higgins, 5 goals: Daniel Minnich, 2 goals; Cory Weiss, 1 goal, 1 assist; Andrew Gilosi, 1 goal; Frank Salustri, 1 goal; Frank Reda, 1 assist.

Saves: Gordie Gehring (3), Chris Guzzetta (1), Joey Kromer (3), PSU, 7. Joe Miller (2), Gerry Yotcoski (12), FDU-Florham, 14.