Laker Gameday Preview: April 14 vs. SUNY Canton

Men’s lacrosse (5-5, 0-3 SUNYAC) opens up its 2015 home schedule on Wednesday against SUNY Canton at South Athletic Field at 4 p.m.

The Lakers are looking to end their two-game losing streak against the Kangaroos (1-8). The Kangaroos are coming off a 10-7 loss to Alfred State.

Oswego State knocked off Alfred State 17-3, earlier this season. The Lakers opened the contest against the Pioneers scoring 10 unanswered goals to start.

Men’s lacrosse is looking for a spark heading into its final three conference games, which end its season. The team has not won a SUNYAC game since April 20, 2013.

Seniors Cody Hoose and Nick Giampaolo will be key to the team’s success and getting the offense going early. The duo has scored 21 and 20 goals respectively through the Lakers’ first 10 games.

Oswego State will need to take advantage of a SUNY Canton team that averages nearly 24 turnovers per game. The Kangaroos’ top three goal scorers, Ryan Cardiff, Chris Gamble and Garrett DiTullo have accounted for 24, 19 and 11 goals respectively, while also turning the ball over 69 times combined.

Senior captain Corey Spuck, SUNY Canton’s starting goalie, has allowed an average of 11.97 goals per game. Sophomore Wyatt Russo, the Lakers’ starter between the pipes, allows an average of 7.74 goals.

Oswego State tends to score at a higher clip in the first half, while struggling to keep it up in the second half. These struggles have plagued the team in conference play. Wednesday’s non-conference game is an opportunity to work on this trend.