Union vs. Oswego State
April 2, 2008
The Game Story:
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Union College men’s lacrosse team scored five first-quarter goals en route to a 12-5 win over Oswego State in non-conference action at Bailey Field Wednesday afternoon. Chris Collison (Trumbull, Conn.) and Andrew Higgins (Wrentham, Mass.) each had a pair of goals for the Dutchmen, who improve to 4-0 at home and 6-1 overall this season.

Mike Brewster and Dan Scarazzo paced the Oswego offense with a goal and an assist each.

The Lakers (1-6, 0-0 SUNYAC) struck first, registering one of two man-up tallies in the first half with 9:21 left to play in the opening quarter when Brewster set up Scarazzo.

Kevin Rautenstrauch (West Seneca, N.Y.) evened the game for the Dutchmen (6-1, 1-0 Liberty) less than 30 seconds later when he won the faceoff, picked up the ball and carried it all the way in for his first goal of the season, sparking a four-goal spree for Union.

Brewster picked up an unassisted tally for the Lakers to cut the Dutchmen’s lead to 4-2 with just over two minutes to play in the opening quarter, but Charles Hovsepian (Hingham, Mass.) edged Union ahead with 17 seconds remaining with his second goal of the season.

The Dutchmen rattled off two quick goals to start the second quarter before John Schumacher recorded Oswego’s second man-up goal of the game to pull the Lakers within four at 7-3. The teams traded goals to end the half with Union leading, 8-4.

Union got into penalty trouble in the second half, affording the Lakers eight man-up opportunities, but held the game in check, registering two goals late in the third from Scott Garibaldi (Summit, N.J.) and captain Tom Simmons (Salisbury, Mass.). Gordon Burdis (Salt Point, N.Y.) gave Union an 11-4 lead with 8:00 left in the final frame with his fourth goal of the year.

Cam Davoy got the Lakers on the board in the second half when he forced a turnover on a clearing pass deep in Union’s zone, scooped it up and bounced it past Dhimitri Nikolla (Tuxedo Park, N.Y.) with 3:38 left to play.

Douglas Richardson (Lynnfield, Mass.) capped the scoring when he flipped a shot behind his back off centering feed from Jake Grabowski (Summit, N.J.) with just over a minute left.

Christopher Keinath (Wilbraham, Mass.) earned the win with three saves in the first 28:11, while replacement netminder Rahde Franke (Harwood, Md.) made five saves, several of which were spectacular, in 25 minutes of relief work. Nikolla stopped two shots in the final 6:27. Judd Robinson shouldered the loss for the Lakers with nine saves.

Union resumes Liberty League action Saturday in a 1 p.m. game against Clarkson at Frank Bailey Field. Oswego opens SUNYAC play Saturday at home in a 1 p.m. game against Brockport.