Oneonta State vs. Rpi
March 6, 2004
The Game Story:
The Oneonta State men's lacrosse team opened its 2004 season this afternoon with a 12-7 home victory against #20 Rensselaer. Senior Ryan Henry (West Babylon, NY/West Babylon) led the Red Dragon attack with a career-best four goals while classmate Mike Louer (Islip, NY/Islip) made 18 saves in goal.

The tone for today's game was set in the first quarter when Oneonta jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by senior James Battaglia (Saratoga, NYSaratoga). The Red Dragons added three more goals before thew end of the quarter including a man-up goal by senior Dan Bakke (Floral Park, NY/Floral Park) with an assist from Battaglia. The Red Dragon defense was tight during the first 15 minutes of action holding the visitors to only three shots in the period all of which came in the final three minutes.

Oneonta continued to roll in the second quarter scoring the first two goals in building a 6-0 lead. The first goal for the Red Dragons came from senior Keith Adler (Seaford, NY/Seaford) who took a pass from junior Sean Sullivan (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran) and put the ball top shelf. The second goal came when Bakke picked up the ground ball off a missed shot and fed it to sophomore Keith Horn (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) who found the back of the goal for his first goal of the season.

The visitor's first goal of the game came on a misplay by Louer who, in trying to pick the ball up actually knocked it into his own goal. Both teams each scored one more goal before halftime making the score 7-2 in favor of Oneonta at the break.

Oneonta tallied two goals and Rensselaer one in a low-scoring third quarter of action. The Red Dragons carried a 9-3 advantage into the fourth quarter and quickly increased its lead to 11-3 in the first five minutes. Rensselaer outscored Oneonta 4-1 during the fiinal 10 minutes including three goals in the final six minutes of play for the final.

The Red Hawks were led by senior Luke Ruglis (Kingston, NY/Orchard Park) and sophomore Adam LoGuidice (Massapequa, NY/Massapequa) who each scored two goals in the losing effort.

Oneonta will have a week off before playing its next game on Saturday, Mar. 13 at Alfred beginning at 1:00 p.m.