Utica College vs. Plattsburgh
March 8, 2008
The Game Story:
UTICA, NY – The Utica College men’s lacrosse team lost to visiting Plattsburgh State 11-10 on a wet and rainy Saturday afternoon at Charles A Gaetano Stadium.

With the loss, the Pioneers dropped to 0-3, while the Cardinals improved to 1-1 overall.

Plattsburgh outscored Utica 2-0 in the final quarter to earn their first victory of the season. Plattsburgh’s lone loss came at the hands of Utica rival St. John Fisher College, 9-8, last weekend.

The Pioneers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, behind two goals from senior captain Dave Misiasek (New Hartford, NY) and one from sophomore attacker Tanner Stewart (Lowville, NY). Misiasek’s second goal of the day came after sophomore Michael Bulger (Watertown, NY) found him streaking down the center of the offensive zone for the one-timer past Plattsburgh goalie Billy Hughes (East Patchogue, NY) top right corner at the 4:52 mark of the first quarter.

Plattsburgh scored three of the games next four goals and the first quarter came to an end with the Pioneers leading 4-3.

Plattsburgh State senior attacker Frank Sangiovanni (Huntington, NY) netted his team-best sixth goal of the season to knot the game at 4-4 at the 12:09 mark of the second quarter. The goal came after a pass from junior attacker Tom Cerny (Baldwin, NY).

The Pioneers earned a 3-2 goal advantage over the next twelve minutes and took a 7-6 lead into half.

Each team netted three goals in a lightning delayed third quarter and they entered the final quarter with the score 10-9, advantage UC.

Plattsburgh’s Pat Nastro (Huntingon, NY) ripped a shot from 15 yards out past UC freshman goalie Travis Wright (Watertown, NY) to tie the game up at 10-10 at the 11:11 mark of the fourth quarter. Plattsburgh took the lead, 11-10, when Cerny scored his second goal of the night at 8:46 on an assist from Luke Weidlein (Seaford, NY).

Stewart finished the day with a game-high five goals for UC, while Misiasek added two of his own. Bulger tallied a team-high four assists total on the day.

Freshman goalie Travis Wright made a career-high 19 saves in the loss, while his counterpart, Billy Hughes made 17 saves in his first win of the season.

UC returns to non-conference action against host and local rival Hamilton College Wednesday at 4 p.m.