Utica College vs. Plattsburgh
March 20, 2010
The Game Story:
Cardinals Use Scoring Runs in 1st, 3rd Quarters for Sixth Win of Season

UTICA, N.Y. (Courtesy of Utica Sports Information Office) - The Utica College men's lacrosse team led by three goals in the opening minutes of the second half but Plattsburgh State outscored the Pioneers 9-3 in the final 26 minutes and 24 seconds of the contest to earn a 15-12 victory in non conference play Saturday.

The Pioneers have now lost four in a row and look for their first victory of the season on Wednesday when they host first-year program Mount St. Mary. Plattsburgh has won three straight contests and improved to 6-1 overall.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 4:46 of play behind goals from Kyle Norchi, Luke Weidlein, Joe Kramer and Nick DeSantis.

Norchi led all scorers with seven points, including five assists. Pete Morgan (also two assists), Weidlein and Luke Flegar added three goals apiece for Plattsburgh.

Bulger sparked the Pioneers comeback with a man-down goal, his 14th of the season, to cut the Cardinal lead to 4-1 with 5:56 to go in the first quarter. Bulger also opened the second quarter scoring when he tallied his second straight goal of the game to cut the Plattsburgh lead to 4-2 with 12:55 to go in the half.

The Pioneers would outscore Plattsburgh 4-2 in the final 11:40 of the first half to knot the score at 6-6 headed into halftime. Senior Corey Boulio netted the first and last goals of the run while Kevin Conway and Michael Brodhead also found the back of the net to help the Pioneers get right back into the contest.

Utica came out of the gates hot in the second half and netted three goals in the first 3:03 of the half to take a 9-6 lead. Bulger was credited with two of the three goals, while Conway also added his second of the day.

Plattsburgh responded with five consecutive goals in a span of 8:15 to take an 11-9 lead with 3:09 to go in the third quarter.

UC was able to tie the game up once more, after two consecutive goals by Boulio and classmate John Giordano, to send the contest into the final 15 minutes with the score tied at 11-11.

Plattsburgh scored four goals by Morgan, Agustin Rodriguez, Weidlein and Morgan again in the first 11:29 of the final quarter to put the game out of reach.

UC was outshot 48-29 on the day and the Cardinals also won 21-of-29 face off opportunities behind Ryan Price at the "X." He also had a game-best 13 ground balls.

Senior goalie Travis Wright stopped 24 shots--just one save shy of his own school record--in net for Utica, while Michael Bulger added a game-high four goals and one assist. Logan Carpenter of Plattsburgh had 14 stops in 59:22 of action.

Senior defender Robert Schloop scooped up a Utica-high eight ground balls and caused three turnovers.