Strong First Half Pushes Oswego Past Cobleskill

OSWEGO, N.Y. - Oswego State held a 4-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, as it defeated SUNY Cobleskill, 12-5, Wednesday afternoon at South Athletic Field.

Attackmen Mark Briggs and Andy Lever combined to tally six Laker goals, while Lever also contributed two assists to help Oswego State improve to 5-4 on the season. The Fighting Tigers dropped to 2-5 with the loss.

Head coach Ryan Martin's squad raced out of the gate early as Britt Leone scored 51 seconds into the game after receiving a pass from Pat Decker, who also added a goal later in the first quarter. Briggs went on to score three of the next four Laker goals to put Oswego State ahead 5-0 with 12:54 left in the half.

Cobleskill's Jeff Fichtner put the visitors on the scoreboard at the 5:07 mark in the second quarter, but the Lakers responded by scoring four goals from four different players, Marcus Peworchik, Lever, Brett Sarubbi, and Zac Hamilton. Oswego State carried a 9-2 halftime lead, as it outshot the Fighting Tigers 29-3 in the frame.

Lever added his second goal of the game early in the third quarter, but Cobleskill scored the final two goals of the quarter from the sticks of Peter Gonzalez and Steve Hughes. At the end of the third and start of the third quarters, the Fighting Tigers received a man-up situation for four minutes followed closely by a two-minute unreleasable penalty on the Lakers to get back into the game.

The Oswego State defense limited SUNY Cobleskill to two shots during the stretch before Eric Zerrahn found Leone for a man-down goal with 12:18 to play. However, the team did not get out of the man-down situations unscathed as Kevin Whitcomb scored with three seconds remaining in the two-minute penalty to make the score 11-5. Lever tacked on another goal late in the game for the final score of 12-5.

Ian O'Brien posted the win making one save in the first half, while Tyler Trueman preserved the win with four saves in the second half. Cobleskill goalie Tom Knezick stopped 19 shots in the losing effort.

Oswego State controlled nearly every statistical category, including a 41-22 advantage in groundballs and a decisive 14-5 margin in face-offs, as the Lakers' Craig Martin went a perfect 9 for 9.

The Lakers will host Geneseo on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. tilt.


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