Plattsburgh vs. Oneonta State
April 11, 2012
The Game Story:
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Tim Lawrence tallied a career-high nine points Wednesday at the Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team defeated Oneonta State, 13-8, in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game at the Field House Lacrosse Complex.

Lawrence gave Plattsburgh an early lead, scoring the first two goals of the game within the first three minutes of play. Oneonta’s Blair Hanson put the Red Dragons on the board at the 10:48 mark of the first quarter but Joey Kramer answered back less than a minute later to allow the Cardinals to regain a two-goal lead.

Shane Kelly cut the Plattsburgh lead to one with seven minutes remaining the first before John DeOrdio netted a man-up goal to tie it at 3-3.

Lawrence opened the second quarter with his third of the afternoon to give the Cardinals the lead for good. Tommy Kilderry scored his first of two on the day at the 8:25 mark of the second stanza but Oneonta remained within one goal when Alex Haffner scored an unassisted goal at 6:14.

But Plattsburgh wasn’t finished in the half as Nick Travers beat Oneonta goalie Chris Miles with 26 seconds left to make it 6-4 in favor of the Cardinals.

The Cardinals outscored Oneonta, 5-1, in the third quarter to take a comfortable 12-5 lead but the Red Dragons rebounded for three goals in the final 15 minutes to keep Plattsburgh on its toes.

Lawrence figured into the first five Plattsburgh goals Wednesday and finished the day with four goals and five assists. Anthony Pafundi scored three times, including a man-up goal in the third. Kilderry and Travers contributed two goals apiece for the Cardinals, who improve to 8-5 overall and 2-1 in SUNYAC play.

Mike Santisteban scooped up 12 groundballs and won 12 of 25 faceoffs for Plattsburgh. Junior Mike Lind led the team with three caused turnovers.

The Red Dragons were led by DeOrdio with three goals and two assists. Hanson added three goals and an assists while Tyler Jennings picked up a pair of assists. Jim van de Veerdonk led Oneonta with seven groundballs and 13 faceoff wins.

The Cardinals held a sizable 52-34 margin in shots. Plattsburgh’s Gordie Gehring earned his eighth win with seven saves. Miles recorded 15 stops for Oneonta, who drop to 2-8 on the year and 0-2 in the conference.

Plattsburgh is off this weekend before returning its conference schedule April 18 at Potsdam. Game time is set for 4 p.m.