Vassar vs. Skidmore
March 31, 2012
The Game Story:
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (March 31, 2012) – If not for a slow start that enabled Skidmore College to jump out to a 10-2 lead after the first period, the Vassar College men's lacrosse team played even with the powerful Thoroughbreds, but lost its second Liberty League game of the season, 16-9, on Saturday afternoon at Gordon Field.

After being dominated in the first period, the Brewers outscored Skidmore 7-6 over the final three periods, including a 4-0 blanking in the fourth period.

The Brewers, 2-6, 0-2, will next play at St. Lawrence on April 7 at 1:00 p.m. Skidmore, now 5-4, 1-1 returns to action hosting RPI on Wednesday, April 7 at 4:00 pm.

“After a slow start, our defense got it together led by senior captain Jeremy Gottlieb, sophomore Ben Wills and freshman Jessie Hartman and were able to slow Skidmore's attack down and give our offense more opportunities to get back into the game,” said head coach Marc Graham. “After being down early, the guys didn't hang their heads and stayed in the game.”

The Thoroughbreds, who rang up 52 shots, 15 of which were saved by Vassar sophomore goalie Andrew Nicol, had eight different players figure into the scoring column. Three Thoroughbred players notched hat tricks.

The contest was tied 1-1 after Vassar senior attack Jack Gross scored on an assist from sophomore attack Max Herman with 10:47 to play in the first period. Skidmore then went on a scoring run that saw the Thoroughbreds six goals from six different players in a five minute span and two more in the final minute of the period. Speedy Skidmore senior midfielder Jeff Caruso led the assault with three straight goals (his first of the season) to close the first period and begin the second.

With two goals in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth, the Brewers valiantly tried to close the gap, but Skidmore answered with three goals in the second and third period and led 16-5 heading into the final period. The Thoroughbreds used four different goalies, with senior starter Connor Dowling getting the win, allowing four goals with three saves.

Vassar got four goals from senior attack Christopher Toffoli (two of which came in the fourth period), three from Herman and one from junior midfielder Ryan McCarthy. Freshman midfielder Scott Brekne had three assists.

Skidmore was led by junior attack JP Sullivan with three goals and three assists. Freshman attack Josh Trachtenberg had three goals.

Skidmore held a 48-31 advantage in ground balls.