Cardinals notch first win in SUNYAC lacrosse PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, April 15, 2007

OSWEGO — The Plattsburgh State men's lacrosse team, doing some damage late in the first and second periods Saturday, broke into the State University of New York Athletic Conference win column with a 14-9 victory at Oswego.
The Cardinals (8-3, 1-1) tallied two goals in the final 24 seconds of the first period and two in the final 1:40 of the second on the way to a 10-5 lead at the half.
"We came out early and did a good job," said Plattsburgh State head coach P.J. Kavanagh. "And, we were able to finish it off strong.
"It was our first SUNYAC win in two years and we did it in pretty good fashion. I felt pretty comfortable with our effort throughout the game."
The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Lakers (3-7, 0-3) rallied to tie it. Plattsburgh State, however, scored the final three goals of the first period for a 5-2 advantage and was never caught again.
"We scored two goals with 24 seconds and one second left in the first period and goals with 1:40 and six seconds left in the second," said Kavanagh. "Those were daggers and were momentum builders for us."
It was a big day for the Cardinals' attack as Frank Sangiovanni, Kyle Norchi and Luke Weidlein combined for 18 points. Sangiovanni finished with six goals and two assists, while Norchi added two goals and four assists and Weidlein, four assists.
"Our attack played really well," said Kavanagh. "Sangiovanni came within a goal of the school record and combined with Norchi and Weidlein to lead the way. Sangiovanni has struggled in SUNYAC play over the last couple of years."
Bryan Copius, Ian Helmer, Jimmy Tenny, Matt Billia, Jim Keenan and Pat Haertel all contributed a goal apiece for the Cardinals, while Matt Maes picked up an assist.
"We're getting a balanced effort from our midfielders and six different players scored goals," Kavanagh said. "They worked hard between the lines on ground balls.
"That translates into possessions for us. We held a 58-45 advantage in shots in what was a wide-open game that benefits our style of play more. We have the ability and our gameplan worked today."
Defensively, Billy Hughes played the first half in net and freshman Mike Dell'Aera the second half for the Cardinals. The two combined for 18 saves, with Hughes making eight and Dell'Aera, 10.
"It was redemption for Billy today," Kavanagh said. "They (Oswego) scored on him in the final five seconds of the game to beat us last year. Hughes gave us a great effort today.
"Dell'Aera has been playing well in practice and deserved an opportunity to play. He took advantage of it."
Defenders Chris Sica and Andrew McIntosh, midfielders Jimmy Tenny and Ian Helmer, and faceoff man Ryan Cavanagh also received praise from Kavanagh.
"Although he had two penalties, Sica won five ground balls, played real aggressive and physical, and had a lot of hits," Kavanagh said. "McIntosh is a big kid and he used his body to throw his weight around.
"Cavanagh won 15 of 26 faceoffs, and at least four or five of the ones Oswego won were because of procedure calls. Ryan took all of our faceoffs today.
"A lot of credit also goes to Jimmy Tenny and Ian Helmer on the outside. Tenny was a machine all over the field. He stayed out of the box and was a real leader for us today."
The only disappointment was the Cardinals' play on special teams.
"We did a good job down a man, allowing two goals on 11 opportunities," said Kavanagh. "But, a problem for us was penalties — with 11 in all.
"We went two for eight in man-up situations and we can also do better than that."
Steve Tronovitch led Oswego with two goals and two assists, while Mike Strohm added two goals and one assist. Mike Brewster, John Schumacher and Paul Palucci each tallied once.
"Our guys are excited about the win, but we have four more conference games remaining," Kavanagh said.
Plattsburgh State returns home to play Potsdam at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the PSU Fieldhouse. The Bears rolled to a 10-3 victory over Brockport Saturday.
"Brockport has been playing pretty well and that's a good win for Potsdam," Kavanagh said. "It shows the SUNYAC is a very competitive conference."

Plattsburgh 14, Oswego 9
Score by periods:
Plattsburgh 5 5 2 2 — 14
Oswego 2 3 3 1 — 9
First period
1, PSU, Sangiovanni (Weidlein), 9:56.
2, PSU, Haertel (Norchi), 9:34.
3, Osw, Tronovitch (Recor), 7:25.
4, Osw, Strohm (Tronovitch), 6:42.
5, PSU, Tenny, 6:10.
6, PSU, Sangiovanni (Maes). :24.
7, PSU, Norchi, 0:01.
Second period
8, Osw, Recor, 11:24.
9, PSU, Sangiovanni (Weidlein), 10:40.
10, Osw, Tronovitch (Creagh), 6:30.
11, PSU, Sangiovanni (Norchi), 5:35.
12, PSU, Copius, 5:18.
13, Osw, Strohm (Tronovitch), 3:29.
14, PSU, Billia (Sangiovanni), 1:40.
15, PSU, Norchi (Weidlein), 0:06.
Third period
16, Osw, Brewster, 10:40.
17, PSU. I. Helmer (Norchi), 9:55.

18, Osw, Palucci, 8:53.
19, Osw, Recor, 8:26.
20, PSU, Sangiovanni (Norchi), 3:55.
Fourth quarter
21, PSU, Sangiovanni (Norchi), 14:31.
22, PSU, Keenan (Sangiovanni), 8:34.
23, Osw, Schumacher (Strohm), 6:01.

Shots: Plattsburgh 58, Oswego 45.
Ground balls: Plattsburgh 45, Oswego 33.
Faceoffs: Plattsburgh, 15-26. Oswego, 11-26.
Clears: Plattsburgh, 15-23. Oswego, 19-25.
Extra-man opportunities: Plattsburgh, 2-8. Oswego, 2-11.
Goalie saves: Hughes (8), Dell'Aera (10), Plattsburgh, 18. Robinson (12), Pfister (8), Oswego, 20.



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