PLATTSBURGH — Whether the games have been close or more one-sided, the Potsdam State men's lacrosse team has had its way against Plattsburgh State over the years.The Cardinals would like to do something about that today when they host the Bears in State University of New York Athletic Conference play at 4 p.m.Should the lacrosse field at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse not be ready by today, the game will be moved to Thursday."Plattsburgh has never beaten Potsdam in Division III lacrosse competition," said Cardinals' head coach P.J. Kavanagh."This is a great opportunity for us to play them at home. the facility guys are doing everything in their power to have the field ready."We haven't had much luck in the past against Potsdam and it's getting to a point of frustration. Objectively, I've been here three years and it still looks like our guys almost allow Potsdam to be in their heads. Hopefully, we can change that."The Cardinals improved their overall record to 8-3 and evened their conference at 1-1 with last Saturday's 14-9 win at Oswego.It broke a nine-game losing streak for Plattsburgh State against SUNYAC foes."I echo this to our players all the time," Kavanagh said. "You can be pleased with a win, but not satisfied."We were pleased with our effort against Oswego last Saturday and to get a win. But, it's back to business and we have to keep pushing forward."The Bears, meanwhile, are currently 5-4 overall and 2-0 in the SUNYAC.Potsdam's last two games were conference victories at Oneonta (10-6) and home against Brockport (10-3) this past Saturday."They had a real nice win against a competitive Brockport team last weekend and have had success so far this season in the SUNYAC," Kavanagh said."This is another step on the SUNYAC ladder for us. If we win, we're both 2-1 in the conference and we would own the tie-breaker over them."Potsdam is led in scoring by Corey Reinhart (18-7-25), Matt Vaverchak (14-5-19), Kyle Phelix (11-6-17) and Justin Wilson-Kirby (12-1-13).The Cardinals dropped a 12-4 decision at Potsdam last year."At this point, we're still a little bit of home underdogs in the game," Kavanagh said.The two teams have played three common opponents to this point.The Cardinals lost to Clarkson (19-6) and St. Lawrence (16-5) and defeated Cazenovia (25-5). Potsdam, meanwhile, lost to St. Lawrence (15-4), but defeated Clarkson (10-7) and Cazenovia (17-1)."We're pretty healthy and that's a good situation for us," Kavanagh said. "The mood on the team is a good and positive one."We just need to come out, have some fun and execute. I'm not concerned with what Potsdam is going to do. I'm more concerned with what we do. If was can impose our will, the rest will take care of itself."Plattsburgh State returns to action on Sunday with an 11 a.m. contest at Brockport.
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