Fast start leads Lakers over visiting Cobleskill


"The Oswego State men’s lacrosse team led the entire way as it defeated SUNY Cobleskill, 12-5, in a non-conference matchup Wednesday afternoon at Laker Field.

"Junior midfielder Britt Leone’s goal on an extra-man opportunity off a pass from senior midfielder Pat Decker just under a minute into the game gave the Lakers (5-4, 0-1 SUNYAC) a lead they would not relinquish. Sophomore attacker Mark Briggs doubled the lead to two on a goal with 10:01 remaining in the first quarter.

"Oswego State scored three more unanswered goals before the Fighting Tigers (2-5 overall) finally broke the scoring streak over five minutes into the second quarter on junior midfielder Jeff Fichtner’s goal.

"The Lakers would continue the first half scoring, taking a 9-2 advantage into halftime.

"The second half started off much like the frist half, with junior attacker Andy Lever scoring off of a pass from Leone with 12:57 remaining in the third quarter to put Oswego State ahead 10-2.

"The scoring slowed down considerably for the Lakers after building an eight-goal lead, as they would not score again until just over 12 minutes remained in the fourth quarter on a goal by Leone.

"Oswego State allowed two goals during its scoring drought, the first by sophomore attacker Peter Gonzalez and the next by sophomore attacker Stephen Hughes.

"Lever’s goal with 4:26 remaining in the game was the Lakers 12th and final goal.

"First-year head coach Ryan Martin believed the game was a tale of two halves for Oswego State.

""I thought we got off to a great start, had a pretty good first half and things were going well," Martin said. "The second half wasn’t the way we’re capable of playing, so that was disappointing. We weren’t even close to putting 60 minutes together."

"Briggs and Lever each scored a game-high three goals for the Lakers. Briggs is tied with freshman attacker Chris Porten for a team-leading 11 goals on the season. Lever also recorded a game-high two assists.

"Oswego State will host SUNY Geneseo in its next game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in a conference matchup. The Blue Knights (3-4 overall) will be playing their first conference game of the season. The Lakers currently sit at 0-1 in conference play after an 17-8 loss to archrival SUNY Plattsburgh on Saturday, April 2, at Laker Field.

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