CANTON — After making program history last season with its first win against St. Lawrence, the Plattsburgh State men's lacrosse team came out of the gates eager to up the winning streak against its North Country rival to two games.
Thanks to a game-high four goals from junior Brendan Damm, the Cardinals were able to do just that, handing the Saints an 11-7 nonconference loss Wednesday at SUNY Canton.
Joey Kromer put on a face-off showcase at midfield, winning 15-of-22 draws and grabbing control of a game-high seven ground balls to help Plattsburgh improve to 8-3 on the season.
Junior Matt Massaria made 12 saves in 60 minutes between the pipes.
The Cardinals never trailed, as freshman Ryan Hubbard opened the scoring just over six minutes into the game.
The teams traded goals for the rest of the frame. Conor Healey tallied the Saints' first score of the day before Damm pushed the Cardinals in front again with his first.
A strike from Austin Belz, followed by another score from Damm, led to Plattsburgh’s first multi-goal lead of the day. The pair accounted for two goals in a 58-second span in the second quarter to push the score to 4-2.
Hubbard added his second of the game before the Saints answered with two to make it 5-5.
Jack Felter tossed in a goal off an assist from Damm with 20 seconds left in the opening half to put the Cardinals in front.
In a low-scoring third, Jon Fairbanks knoted the score at six, but James Read conjured up a goal of his own to push the Cardinals ahead for good.
Damm netted the game-winner 3:06 into the fourth and tallied one more after goals from Read and Felter to cap off a 5-0 run.
After nearly one month away from the Field House Lacrosse Complex, the Cardinals will make a return to their home facility at 1 p.m. Saturday against Geneseo.