Geneseo State vs. Plattsburgh
May 2, 2012
The Game Story:
GENESEO, N.Y. – In a game with two evenly-matched teams, a scoreless second half sealed the fate of the Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team in a 7-5 loss to Geneseo in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) semifinals Wednesday.

With the win, second-seeded Geneseo (6-7) advances to the SUNYAC championship game on Saturday at Cortland. The Red Dragons defeated Oneonta in the other semifinal matchup, 20-3.

The Cardinals jumped on the Blue Knights early when Nick Travers scored an unassisted goal at the 6:42 mark of the 1st quarter. Geneseo’s Steven Cregan retaliated a minute later to tie it up, but goals from Plattsburgh’s Brett McClelland and James Read gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead after the first 15 minutes.

Brendan Kurpis opened the second quarter with back-to-back goals for Geneseo, tying the game at 3-all. The Cardinals regained the lead with a goal by Joe Kramer but Kurpis struck again to make it 4-4. The two teams would exchange goals one more time before the end of the quarter to end the half tied at 5-5.

John Wettack gave the Blue Knights their first lead of the afternoon with his unassisted goal at the 13:04 mark of the third quarter. Defense dominated the second half but Geneseo was able to add a goal in the fourth while quieting the Cardinal offense to get the victory.

Plattsburgh outshot Geneseo, 36-31, and picked up 32 groundballs while the Blue Knights had 28. The Cardinals were 0-for-6 on their extra-man opportunities while Geneseo went 1-for-3.

Lawrence led the Cardinals with a goal, an assist and seven groundballs. Mike Santisteban had all six faceoff wins for Plattsburgh while Will Hockenjos caused two turnovers.

Cregan paced the Geneseo offense with a goal and three assists. Kurpis finished the day with three goals while Frank DiSanti led the Blue Knights with six groundballs and 10 faceoff victories.

Michael Greubel recorded 11 stops in the win for Geneseo. Plattsburgh’s Gordie Gehring suffered the loss with nine saves and ends the year with an 11-7 record.

Wednesday’s game marked the final game for Plattsburgh’s Tucker Glass, Danny Caufield and Mike Santisteban.

Kramer and Lawrence close out the season atop the Plattsburgh offense with 47 points apiece. Kramer tallied a team-high 36 goals while Lawrence led the team with 17 assists. Travers scooped up 67 groundballs on the year and rookie Nick Parrella had a team-best 40 caused turnovers.

Under first-year head coach Ryan Cavanagh, Plattsburgh finishes the year with an 11-7 record to match the program high for single-season victories. The Cardinals made their second postseason appearance in program history and set a new school-record earlier this week with five All-SUNYAC honorees.