March 20, 2013

Still Perfect: Plattsburgh Trims Conn. College

from press release

BALTIMORE – The nationally-ranked No. 19 Plattsburgh State men's lacrosse team began a tough stretch in the schedule with a 7-5 victory against 17th-ranked Connecticut College Wednesday afternoon at Homewood Field on the campus of John Hopkins University.

With the win, the Cardinals improve to 7-0 on the season. The Camels drops to 2-2 on the year.

Chad Sawyer opened the scoring for Connecticut College at the 11:04 mark of the first quarter with a man-up goal from JR Hartgers to give the Camels an early lead. Plattsburgh State answered back when Tim Lawrence converted on a breakaway off a failed clear by the Camels with 4:07 left in the opening quarter.

The Cardinals took their first lead of the afternoon just seven seconds into the second quarter on a Joey Kramer goal but Connecticut College quickly responded at 13:07 on a goal by Andrew Freedman to tie it up at 2-2.

Lawrence buried his second of the day at 10:19 to put Plattsburgh State up by a score of 3-2 but Freedman struck again for the Camels at the 1:33 mark to even the score again. Plattsburgh State would have the last word in the half when Lawrence completed the hat trick with 27 seconds left to give the Cardinals a 4-3 edge after two quarters.

Connecticut College knotted the score again at 11:59 of the third quarter on Sawyer's second of the game but two quick goals from Tom Duggan and Brett McClelland gave the Cardinals the lead for good.

Freedman tallied a hat trick of his own with 5.7 seconds left in the third quarter to bring the Camels within one, but that is as close as Connecticut College would get.

Plattsburgh State's Brendan Damm scored the lone goal of the fourth quarter on a wrap-around shot with 1:38 remaining in the game to reach the 7-5 final.

Kramer finished the day with a goal and two assists while Duggan and McClelland each added two points. Damm scored his team-leading 19th goal of the year and continues to pace the Cardinals' offense with 28 points.

Nick Travers scooped up a game-high 10 ground balls and won 9 of 16 faceoffs. Senior Mike Lind had a team-high five caused turnovers.

Gordie Gehring allowed five goals and stopped six shots in the Cardinals' victory. Connecticut College goalkeeper Bobby Bleistein recorded 15 saves in the loss.

The Cardinals outshot the Camels, 45-27 and successfully completed 21 of 26 clear attempts. Plattsburgh State went 0 for 1 on its extra-man opportunities while Connecticut College was 1 for 3.

Plattsburgh State wraps up its spring trip Saturday at noon in a non-conference game against the University of Mary Washington.

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