OSWEGO — Seeking his fourth straight trip to the SUNY Athletic Conference tournament, Plattsburgh State men's lacrosse coach Ryan Cavanagh led his squad into enemy territory and secured a hard-earned conference triumph, etching his name into the Cardinals' history books in the process.
Brendan Damm exploded for a whopping seven goals and three assists, while Jack Felter tallied six scores to help the Cardinals defeat the Lakers 18-10 Saturday.
Cavanagh surpassed former Plattsburgh coach P.J. Kavanagh as the program's all-time leader in wins with 49.
In search of their first conference win, the Lakers (6-6, 0-4) scored three of the game's first five goals to take a 3-2 lead with 4:37 remaining in the first quarter.
Damm and Felter made sure the Cardinals (11-5, 3-2) didn’t trail again, however, as they each scored in the final minute of the first.
Damm continued his dominant play in the second, providing Plattsburgh’s third man-up score of the day with 9:04 to go before dishing the ball to freshman Ryan Hubbard, who upped the Cardinals’ advantage to 6-4.
Oswego’s Matt Palmer knotted the score at 6-all with 12 minutes to go in the third.
From there, Plattsburgh began pulling away. Read blasted a shot past Lakers' goalie Wyatt Russo before Felter pumped in two straight in the span of 42 seconds for a 9-6 advantage.
Read found Austin Belz late in the third, and the sophomore found the net with five seconds to go in the frame.
The Cardinals unleashed an all-out assault in the fourth, piling on eight goals.
On the draw control, Joey Kromer came away with 15 wins in 28 attempts and scooped up a game-high six ground balls. Matt Massarai made eight saves to improve his record to 11-5 between the pipes.
Special teams play was one of the primary pieces of the Cardinals' win, as they went 6-for-10 on man-up opportunities while outshooting their rivals 56-34 in the 60-minute clash.
Palmer scored four goals for Oswego in the loss, and Russo made 16 saves.
With second-place up for grabs in the conference standings, Plattsburgh will host Potsdam in final game of the regular season Wednesday.