Plattsburgh vs. Saint Lawrence
April 4, 2012
The Game Story:
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – The Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team rallied for six goals in the final 15 minutes but could not overcome St. Lawrence as the Cardinals dropped a non-conference game Wednesday, 14-11, at the Field House Lacrosse Complex.

The first quarter was back and forth with Plattsburgh (6-5) attacking first on an unassisted goal by Tommy Kilderry with just 39 seconds gone in the game. St. Lawrence (7-1) scored the next three goals but Kilderry struck again at the 7:14 mark to bring the Cardinals back within one.

Pierson Fowler scored his second of the night with 5:28 remaining in the first to make it 4-2 in favor of the Saints, but Plattsburgh’s Joey Kramer tallied back-to-back goals to end the quarter tied at 4-4.

Dave Hovey netted his first of the night at the 13:50 mark of the second quarter as the Saints held a man-advantage but Kramer tied it up again at 11:29 with an unassisted effort.

Momentum shifted in favor of St. Lawrence as the Saints rattled off seven straight goals to close out the second quarter and take a commanding 12-5 lead at the half.

The Plattsburgh defense answered the call in the second half, holding St. Lawrence to just two goals and giving the Cardinals a chance to climb back into the game.

The Cardinals responded with six goals in the fourth quarter, including a man-down goal from Kramer with 46 seconds left in the game, and outshot the Saints 14-5 in the final frame.

Kramer, who was making his first appearance since March 21, led Plattsburgh with four goals. Kilderry finished the night with two goals and an assist while Brett McClelland, Anthony Pafundi, Nick Travers, James Read and Tom Monahan all added a goal.

McClelland, Charlie Dullea and Nick Parella each picked up four groundballs for the Cardinals. Dullea also led the team with four caused turnovers.

Hovey and Fowler paced the St. Lawrence offense with five points a piece. Mac Johnson added four goals for the Saints. Cam Scullen led the visitors with eight groundballs and Jake Wynn caused two turnovers. Steve Cargill dominated face-offs, winning 18 of 25.

The Saints held a 49-32 advantage in shots and scooped up 44 groundballs while Plattsburgh had 28.

Penalties again plagued the Cardinals, who took nine penalties on the night. St. Lawrence took advantage of Plattsburgh’s man-down defense, going 5-for-9 on extra-man opportunities. The Cardinals went 0-for-4 and are scoreless in their last three games when playing a man up.

Despite allowing 14 goals, Gordie Gehring kept Plattsburgh in the game with 17 saves. Jeff Goeke played the first half for the Saints to earn the win but did not make a save. Jack Nuland took over for St. Lawrence, allowing three goals and turning away seven shots. James Fuller made one stop and gave up three goals in the final 3:49 for St. Lawrence.

Plattsburgh returns to conference action this weekend when Oswego State arrives at the Field House Lacrosse Complex Saturday. Game time is set for 1 p.m