Cardinals dominate in bounce-back victory PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOHN CORYER, Staff Writer   
Sunday, April 01, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — Morrisville State was the right medicine for the Plattsburgh State men's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals, after dropping home contests to Clarkson and St. Lawrence University earlier in the week, rolled to a 21-4 non-conference decision over the Mustangs at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse Lacrosse Complex.
The Cardinals broke their two-game losing streak and improved their overall record to 6-2.
"We played pretty well," said Plattsburgh State head coach P.J. Kavanagh. "The key for us was that we played pretty good defense.
"We held them down in every quarter and that's a sign of a focused defense."
Attackmen Frank Sangiovanni, Kyle Norchi and Luke Weidlein accounted for a combined 15 points for the Cardinals. Sangiovanni finished with five goals, Norchi four goals and two assists and Weidlein, four goals.
"Our attack led the way again for us and we got balanced scoring from the three," Kavanagh said. "The effort was there from all three.
"It's a tribute to them and also to our midfielders, who did a good job creating opportunities for our attackmen. They did the dirty work it takes."
Andrew Webster added two goals for Plattsburgh State, while Adrian Marino, Greg Tenny, Ian Helmer, Pete Quinn, Bryan Copius and Matt Billia all chipped in with a goal apiece.
The Cardinals held a 3-1 advantage after one quarter and broke the game wide open by outscoring the Mustangs, 14-1, over the middle two stanzas.
Plattsburgh State took a 9-2 lead at the half.
"We started a little slowly," Kavanagh said. "We had a stick penalty in the first quarter that hurt.
"But, it was just a matter of the shots falling for us. We knew that if we kept playing our game, the opportunities would continue to come.
"It would have been nice to score a few more goals early on, But, we were able to stay with it and crack their defense."
Mason Singer tallied three of the Morrisville (0-4) goals and Zack Sudik accounted for the other.
The Cardinals dominated play with a 61-24 shot advantage and a 36-13 edge in shots on goal.
Plattsburgh State went 22-26 on faceoffs.
"Ryan Cavanagh, our senior captain, did a terrific job on faceoffs, either pushing the ball to himself or trusting his wings to get the ground balls," Kavanagh said. "Ryan's a smart kid and a hard worker."
Billy Hughes (8) and Brian Csorny (1) combined for nine saves in net for the Cardinals.
"This is the second game in a row where we've started Brian, a senior, in goal," Kavanagh said.
"Both goalies did a good job. Our team trusts both of them and they are earning the time they are getting."
Plattsburgh State closes out its non-conference schedule on Monday at 7:30 p.m. against Cazenovia at Liverpool High School.
"This should be a fun trip for us," Kavanagh said. "We're hoping this will be a good recruiting trip for us as well.
"We have some kids on the team from the Syracuse area and it will be a good atmosphere for them."

Plattsburgh State 21, Morrisville 4
Score by quarters:
Morrisville State 1 1 0 2 — 4
Plattsburgh State 3 6 8 4 — 21
Morrisville scoring- Mason Singer, 3 goals. Zack Sudik, 1 goal, 1 assist.
Plattsburgh State scoring- Frank Sangiovanni, 5 goals. Kyle Norchi, 4 goals, 2 assists. Luke Weidlein, 4 goals. Andrew Webster, 2 goals. Adrian Marino, 1 goal, 2 assists. Greg Tenny, 1 goal, 1 assist. Ian Helmer, 1 goal. Pete Quinn, 1 goal. Bryan Copius, 1 goal. Matt Billia, 1 goal. Jimmy Tenny, 1 assist. Mike Glynn, 1 assist. Matt Maes, 1 assist.
Ground balls- Plattsburgh State 51, Morrisville 20.
Shots- Plattsburgh State 61, Morrisville 24.
Shots on goal- Plattsburgh State 36, Morrisville 13.
Man-up opportunities- Morrisville, 0-6. Plattsburgh State, 4-7.
Faceoffs- Morrisville, 4-26. Plattsburgh State, 22-26.
Clears- Morrisville, 21-31. Plattsburgh State, 18-23.
Goalies (shots-saves)- Phil Picard (33-13), Jason Enseleit (3-2), Morrisville, 36-15. Brian Csorny (3-1), Billy Hughes (10-8), Plattsburgh State, 13-9.



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