Oswego Claims Hard-Fought SUNYAC Win vs. Potsdam

OSWEGO, N.Y. - Oswego (8-2, 1-2 SUNYAC) defeated Potsdam (5-4, 1-1 SUNYAC), 8-6, in a tightly contested match Wednesday afternoon at South Athletic Field, as head coach Ryan Martin earned his first conference win. Connor Khammar (Fr., Camillus, N.Y.) led the charge with four goals and three goals.

Freshman Cody Hoose (Syracuse, N.Y.) started off the scoring in the first period with his 14th goal of the season unassisted. Khammar (Camillus, N.Y.) put the Lakers up 2-0 after being on the receiving end of a pass from Britt Leone (Sr., Schenectady, N.Y.).

Potsdam got on the board under thirty seconds later with a goal from Ryan Paprella assisted by Ryan McConnell. With 4:52 left to play, the Bears tied the game up with a shot from Rob Kunz. Kyle Nicholas gave Potsdam its first and only lead of the game with a goal following a Kunz pass.

Brandon Dzwonkowski (Fr., Syracuse, N.Y.) evened the score with seven seconds to go in the first at 3-3 with an assist going to Chris Porten (So., Auburn, N.Y.), who was positioned behind the cage.

Khammar controlled the second quarter scoring two goals to put the Lakers up, 5-3, with helpers from Dzwonkowski and Casey Balzer (Jr., Nassau, N.Y.). Both markers proved to be the only goals of the quarter, as Oswego State took a two-goal lead into the break.

The third quarter took off quickly on both sides. After winning the opening faceoff, Potsdam scored less than thirty seconds into the period off of a shot by McConnell. Khammar did not leave the goal unanswered, however, and scored to give the Lakers another two-goal lead at 6-4.

Paparella scored his 10th of the season for Potsdam, making it a one-goal contest. With only 1:26 to go in the third, Hoose passed the ball to Matt Palmer (Fr., Pittsford, NY), who found the back of the cage with the only man-up goal of the game for either side.

Balzer finished up the Oswego State scoring early in the fourth with a goal assisted by Brian Slattery (Fr., St. James, N.Y.), who picked up a ground ball in the defensive zone and carried the ball nearly the length of the field. Potsdam closed out the scoring with a goal from Peter Pike at 8-6.

Neither team were successful during man-up situations, as Oswego State went 1 for 6 and Potsdam went 0 for 4.

Josh Roetzer (Jr., Williamsville, N.Y.) and Ian O'Brien (Sr., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) led the Lakers in ground balls at five and four, respectively. O'Brien made several point-blank saves throughout the game to finish with a total of 11 stops. Potsdam goalie Mike Quinlan registered 10 saves.

Oswego State will travel to Geneseo on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. contest.

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OSWEGO, N.Y. - Potsdam (5-4, 1-1 SUNYAC) was defeated 8-6 in a hard fought SUNYAC contest at Oswego on Wednesday afternoon. Connor Khammar scored a game-high four goals to pace the Lakers and senior captain Ryan Paparella (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro) had two goals and an assist to lead the Bears.

Cody Hoose and Khammar each scored to give Oswego (8-2, 1-2) an early 2-0 advantage. Paparella, sophomore attackman Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) and junior attackman Kyle Nicholas (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) each answered to give Potsdam its only lead at 2:19 of the first quarter. Brandon Dzwonkowski knotted the score at 3-3 with seven seconds left in the opening period. Khammar scored the only two markers of the second 15 minutes and the Lakers led 5-3 at the break.

Junior attackman Ryan McConnell (Camillus, N.Y./West Genesee) closed the gap to 5-4 just 24 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Khammar notched his fourth at 14:04. Paparella buried his second at 5:15 and the Bears trailed just 6-5. Matt Palmer struck on the man-advantage at the 1:26 mark to give Oswego a 7-5 lead after three quarters. Casey Balzer scored at 13:22 to give the Lakers their only three-goal advantage of the afternoon. Senior attackman Pete Pike (Watertown, N.Y./General Brown) got Potsdam to within 8-6 with 10:30 remaining, but the Bears got no closer.

In goal, senior Mike Quinlan (Buffalo, N.Y./Williamsville South) made 10 saves and allowed all eight goals in 58:13, while junior Stephan Sloma (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) didn't face a shot on goal in the final 1:47. Oswego goalie Ian O'Brian stopped 11 shots for the victory.

The Lakers outshot the Bears 30-26 and collected 25 ground balls to Potsdam's 21.

The Bears are back home to host Oneonta at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.


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