SYRACUSE — The Plattsburgh State men's lacrosse team got its final tune-up before entering State University of New York Athletic Conference play this weekend with a 25-5 victory over Cazenovia Monday night at Liverpool High School.Frank Sangiovanni led the way for the Cardinals, who improved to 7-2 overall, with five goals.Midfielder Adrian Marino added two goals and two assists, while Jimmy Tenny, midfielder Chris Dupree and Andrew Webster all chipped in with two goals each.Twelve other Cardinals had a goal apiece and 18 Plattsburgh State players registered at least one point in the contest."The guys came out and did a nice job playing to their potential, not to the capabilities of the opponent," said head coach P.J. Kavanagh. "We executed our offense and put it on the scoreboard."The players were very unselfish. Even though we had a little more talent than the team we were playing, everyone shared the ball. We had only one player with more than two goals."The Cardinals held a 5-0 lead after one quarter and a 9-1 advantage at the half.Plattsburgh State then broke it wide-open by outscoring the Wildcats (0-8), 11-1, in the third stanza for a 20-2 lead after three."We were then called for nine penalties in the fourth and that led to their three goals in the period," said Kavanagh.The Cardinals held a 50-33 advantage on ground balls and a commanding 51-23 shot advantage.Billy Hughes (5), Brian Csorny (4) and Michael Dell'Aera (6), making his first appearance in net for Plattsburgh State, combined for 15 saves."Everyone played," Kavanagh said."Ryan Cavanagh had another strong game for us on faceoffs and won 10 ground balls."Gareth Fabian and Zach Hoover each scored two goals for Cazenovia.The Cardinals return home to host conference power Cortland at 1 p.m. Saturday in their SUNYAC opener.Plattsburgh State has six regular season games remaining — all in the conference."We need to take what we have learned in our non-conference run and apply it when our conference play begins Saturday," Kavanagh said."The entire first portion of our season was to learn more about ourselves and prepare for SUNYAC play."Some contests have been difficult for us and others have been to explore what our talent can be. Hopefully, that has prepared us for Saturday."
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