Oswego State victorious in weekday games

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Men’s lacrosse continued their current hot streak, picking up consecutive wins this week at home against SUNY Morrisville on Monday and on the road at SUNY Cobleskill on Tuesday.

After a slow start, the offense has found their rhythm, scoring a combined 28 goals in the two contests. Senior goalie and captain Judd Robinson appeared more comfortable in net, only allowing five goals in each game, about seven less than his 12.17 goals against average this season.

Monday vs. Morrisville

After trailing 4-3 early in the second quarter, the Oswego State men’s lacrosse team scored nine straight goals to give the Lakers a 13-5 victory over Morrisville on Monday afternoon in Oswego. Co-captain Dan Scarazzo (Sr., Fairport, N.Y.) triggered the run with 9:38 remaining in the second quarter when he scored one of his game-high three goals in a man-down situation. Oswego State improved to 3-6 overall with the win, while the Mustangs fell to 5-2 overall.

The Lakers jumped on Morrisville in the first quarter as Adam Jean (Fr., Tully, N.Y.), Scarazzo, and Chad Smith (Fr., Fulton, N.Y.) each notched goals in the first 8:27 of play to give Oswego State a 3-0 edge. However, Eric Stein gave the Mustangs life with 5:09 on the clock in the first with his first of two unassisted goals on the day. Stein’s goal started a Morrisville stretch where it scored four straight goals until Scarazzo’s man-down goal tied the contest at 4-4. The Lakers closed out the half with four unanswered goals, including a second man-down goal by Scarazzo, for a 7-4 halftime lead.

Both teams were kept off the scoreboard for the majority of the third quarter until Brett Sarubbi (So., East Greenbush, N.Y.) found a cutting Andy Lever (So., Lindenhurst, N.Y.) with 5:55 remaining to put Oswego State ahead 8-4. Three minutes later, Nick Zoyhofski (Sr., Hamburg, N.Y.) made it a five-goal game after receiving a pass from Andy Williams (So., Hamburg, N.Y.).

Momentum carried over into the fourth quarter as Williams tacked on a goal of his own followed by a Mike Wiesenthal (Sr., Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) score. The Mustangs stopped the scoring string with 9:09 left in the game when Adam Lewis scored an unassisted goal. Williams and Jean rounded out the scoring for the Lakers for the 13-5 final.

Other goal scorers for Oswego State included Britt Leone (So., Schenectady, N.Y.), who also added a pair of assists, and Eric Zerrahn (Jr., Oswego, N.Y.). Neither squad was effective in man-up opportunities as Morrisville went 0-for-5 and allowed two man-down goals and the Lakers were 1-for-8. Oswego State goalie Judd Robinson (Sr., Guilderland, N.Y.) finished the game with ten saves and allowed five goals before Zach Harris (Sr., Fairport, N.Y.) and Tom Gropp (So., Fairport, N.Y.) came in to record a save each in the final eight minutes. Morrisville goalie Michael Hinchey finished with seven saves.

Tuesday vs. Cobleskill

Sophomore Andy Lever (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) scored 11 seconds into the contest, and the Oswego State men’s lacrosse team did not stop as the Lakers defeated host SUNY Cobleskill 15-5 on Tuesday. Lever finished the game with four goals and an assist to pace Oswego State followed by Bobby Pattridge’s (So., Henrietta, N.Y.), who added three goals of his own. The Lakers improved to 4-6 overall after playing their third game in four days. Cobleskill dropped to 5-6 overall.

Oswego State dominated possession time in the first half tallying 31 shots compared to just five attempted by the Fighting Tigers, as the Lakers established an 11-1 lead in the first two quarters. Head Coach Dan Witmer’s squad also ran down 33 groundballs during the first half, while SUNY Cobleskill recorded 16.

In addition to multiple goals from Lever and Pattridge, Oswego State received two scores each from Andy Williams (So., Hamburg, N.Y.) and Zoyhofski. Other Lakers to tally goals were Scarrazo, who also contributed two assists, Pat Decker (Jr., Spencerport, N.Y.), Britt Leone (So., Schenectady, N.Y.), and Mike Wiesenthal (Sr., Wappingers Falls, N.Y.).

Oswego State will travel to SUNY Oneonta on Saturday for a SUNYAC contest starting at 1 p.m.