Four Goals in Final Minutes Secure Rams Victory

Farmingdale, N.Y. - Farmingdale State took today's non-conference game with a 13-8 victory over visiting Vassar College. The Rams improve to 1-2 with the win, while Vassar falls to 2-1 overall.

Farmingdale held a 5-2 advantage after the first period led by two goals by freshman midfielder Donovan Devaney (Northport, N.Y.) and senior attack Ryan Oswald (Floral Park, N.Y.), and two assists from senior midfielder Tim Caden (Setauket, N.Y.). In the second, Vassar shut down the Rams, holding them to just five shots, and tying the game at 5-5 with a goal from senior midfielder Matthew Pearce (Alpharetta, Ga.) and two goals by senior midfielder Jeff Lee (Syosset, N.Y.).

The Rams scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the third period, including a man-up goal by junior midfielder Bobby Thomas (Wantagh, N.Y.), assisted by Caden, and held the 8-5 lead with 4:20 to play. Vassar responded with two goals in a 34-second span to cut the deficit to one, 8-7, before Thomas scored another for Farmingdale State to push the lead back to two, 9-7.

In the fourth, The Rams held Vassar to eight shots and forced seven turnovers. Vassar senior attack Jack Gross (Yarmouth, Me.) gave his team a chance as he scored with 4:47 left to play, but Farmingdale State would score four unanswered goals over the final 2:25 and take the non-conference victory.

The Farmingdale State attack was led by Caden with four points, along with Thomas, Devaney and Oswald with three points each. Devaney picked up a game-high eight ground balls and won 6 of 13 faceoffs. Sophomore midfielder Al Rocco (Elmont, N.Y.) won 7 of 12 faceoffs. Defensively, junior Jack Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.) caused three turnovers and had four ground balls, while junior midfielder Josh Lamantia (Setauket, N.Y.) finished with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Senior goalkeeper Patrick Delventhal (Westbury, N.Y.) won his first game of the season making 10 saves.

For Vassar, sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Nicol (Carmel, N.Y.) made 11 saves in defeat. Gross and Lee both led the team with two goals and one assist. Junior defender Casey Rice (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and senior defender Stephen Kozey (Syosset, N.Y.) each caused four turnovers.

The Rams will now face Hartwick on Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m. This will be the Rams final home game until Saturday, April 14, playing seven straight road games.

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FARMINGDALE, NY (March 7, 2012) Seeking to win its third straight game to open the season, Vassar College was with one goal of tying its contest against Farmingdale State with 4:476 to play, but the Rams scored four straight goals in the final 2:25 to secure a 13-8 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon.

Vassar, which trailed 5-2 after the first period, fought back to tie the contest 5-5 at halftime, but surrendered three straight goals for an 8-5 deficit with 4:20 to play in the third period. Twice Vassar came within a goal of evening the score, the last at 9-8, coming with 4:47 to play after a goal by senior attack Jack Gross. Farmingdale State responded with four straight goals off the sticks of four different players to register the 13-8 victory. Rams senior attack Ryan Oswald notched the game winner 2:25 remaining in the game.

Vassar drops to 2-1 on the season, while Farmingdale State improves to 1-2. The Brewers will be back in action at Western Connecticut on April 14 for a 7:00 p.m. game. The Rams host Hartwick this Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Farmingdale built an early 5-2 lead after the first period, but a goal by senior midfielder Matthew Pearce and two consecutive from senior midfielder Jeff Lee in the second period part of a 14 shot team effort tied the contest 5-5 at halftime.

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