Defensive Effort Not Enough for Oswego vs. Geneseo

OSWEGO, N.Y. - On a perfect afternoon for men's lacrosse, Oswego State was tied with Geneseo heading into the final minutes of the game, but the Blue Knights scored two goals to hand the Lakers a 9-7 loss on Saturday afternoon at South Athletic Field.

The loss evened Oswego State's record at 5-5 and 0-2 in SUNYAC play. The win moved Geneseo to 4-4 and 1-0 in the conference. Oswego State will be back in action on Wednesday, April 13 when it travels to Cortland for a 4:00 p.m. contest.

The Blue Knights struck first in the opening period with a goal off the stick of Ray Ryan. Just over a minute later, the Lakers' Casey Balzer put Oswego State on the board to even the game. Geneseo then went on a three-goal run that carried over into the second quarter until Mark Briggs found the back of the net for his 12th goal of the season with 5:35 left in the half. The Blue Knights answered right back when Tim Besio tallied a goal 1:22 later to give Geneseo a 5-2 lead.

The last four minutes of the second period were back-and-forth as Oswego State added two goals off the sticks of Andy Lever and Britt Leone and Bobby King added two of his own goals within 17 seconds of each other to put Geneseo up 7-4 going into halftime.

With three minutes gone by at the start of the third quarter, Briggs tallied his second goal of the contest to bring Oswego State to within two goals at 7-5. Head coach Ryan Martin's halftime speech preached defense and as the third quarter got underway, the Laker defense answered his calling. Oswego State's Eric Miccio, Zak Fazio, and Kyle DeRosa shut down the Knight attack in the third period not allowing any good looks.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Lakers' Brett Sarubbi found the back of the net to cut the Oswego State to one goal, and 24 seconds later Briggs found Chris Porten cutting in front of the net to even the score at 7-7. As the fourth period dwindled down, a couple of key turnovers cost the Lakers as Geneseo's Ray Ryan put in his second and third goals of the game to give the Blue Knights the victory.

Ian O'Brien was brilliant in goal, coming up with big saves to give Oswego State a chance to get back in the game, while stopping 16 shots. Ryan Zaremba was credited with the win after recording nine saves.

2011-04-09



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