Red Dragons Storm Past the Bears

POTSDAM, N.Y.-Oneonta (3-8, 1-2 SUNYAC) scored the final seven goals of the game to rally past Potsdam (5-5, 1-2 SUNYAC) 14-11 on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore attackman Daniel Stern (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) had a six points (4g, 2a) to lead the Red Dragons and Bears sophomore attackman Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) matched him with three goals and three assists.

Kunz played a part in four of Potsdam's first five goals. He set up freshman attackman John Hawk (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) for a man-up goal at 9:39. Sophomore attackman Kevin Logan (Brasher Falls, N.Y./St. Lawrence Central) made it 2-0 two minutes later. Kunz scored the next two himself at 6:01 and 5:08 to make it 4-0 Bears.

Stern answered with two of his own over the next four minutes to cut the lead in half, the second coming with just 17 seconds on the clock. Kunz set up junior attack Kyle Nicholas (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) at the 10-second mark. Oneonta junior midfielder Jim van de Veerdonk (Putnam Valley, N.Y./Putnam Valley) won the following faceoff, raced down the field and scored on a high shot with 3.5 seconds on the clock. The Red Dragons trailed just 5-3 after the first 15 minutes.

Just 22 seconds into the second quarter, Oneonta midfielder Tyler Jennings (Brewerton, N.Y./Central Square) closed the gap to 5-4. However, Potsdam regained its four-goal advantage with markers from junior midfielder Pat Morrill (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas), sophomore midfielder Jared Flath (Dexter, N.Y./General Brown) and Kunz over the next eight minutes. Red Dragon junior midfielder Alex Haffner (Northport, N.Y./Northport) and Stern netted the final two goals of the half and Oneonta trailed just 8-6 at the break.

The Bears started strong in the third quarter, scoring three of the first four goals. Senior attack Pete Pike (Watertown, N.Y./General Brown) struck twice and Nicholas netted the third to give Potsdam an 11-7 advantage at 5:34. It was all Red Dragons after that. Oneonta scored the final four goals of the third period, including the tying goal from sophomore Joey Finnegan midfielder (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) with just eight seconds left.

Stern scored the eventual game winner 36 seconds into the final quarter. After the Red Dragons forced a turnover behind Potsdam's goal, senior attackman Blair Hanson (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) made it 13-11 with 5:54 left. Exactly four minutes later junior attackman John DeOrdio (Chenango Forks, N.Y./Chenango Forks) worked his way around the Bears net and scored on a high shot from point blank range to cap the scoring at 14-11.

In goal, senior Mike Quinlan finished with 17 saves and 14 goals allowed in the first 58:06. Potsdam junior goalie Stephan Sloma (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) didn't face a shot on goal in the final 1:54. Oneonta senior goalie Chris Miles (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville, Manlius) made 13 saves for the victory.

The Red Dragons outshot Potsdam 50-39 and collected 51 ground balls to the Bears 36.

Potsdam is back in action on Wednesday, April 18, when the Bears host Plattsburgh at 4:00 p.m.


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