Potsdam Scores Final Five to Nip Skidmore in 2OT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.-- Potsdam scored the game's final five goals on the way to an 8-7 double overtime non-league men's lacrosse win over Skidmore, Saturday at Wachenheim Field. The Thoroughbreds are 0-2, while the Bears start 1-0.

Jon Woodworth scored the game winner for Potsdam with 2:38 to play in the second overtime. He slashed through the Thoroughbred defense and found the top right corner for his second goal of the game.

Skidmore jumped out to a 3-2 first period lead on a pair of goals by Quinn Hawkins and a solo goal by Kevin Mulvey.

The Thoroughbreds came out strong in the second, taking a 5-2 lead behind another Hawkins goal and a man-up marker from Seth Berger with a Hawkins assist. Potsdam's Derek Frost got one back at 11:08 to cut it to 5-3. Skidmore closed with a pair of goals. Mulvey scored his second of the game at 4:57 and Hawkins nailed his fourth goal at 2:45, to make it 7-3 at the break.

Potsdam scored the lone goal of the third quarter, when Ed Doherty scored his first of the season at the 2:51 mark.

The Bears continued to battle back in the fourth, cutting the lead to one, 7-6 on goals by Frost and Woodworth. Potsdam then took advantage of a late man-up opportunity to tie the game 7-7 on a Frost goal with :42 to play.

The teams traded chances in the first overtime, with Thoroughbred goalie Matt Diaco making two big saves and Bear goalie Ryan Duffy stopping a shot during a Skidmore man-up.

Taylor Best won the second overtime faceoff for the Skidmore, but Potsdam forced a turnover and controlled the ball, calling a time out to set-up Woodworth's game winner.

Hawkins finished with four goals and one assists, while Mulvey totaled two goals and two assists. Seth Berger had a goal and an assist. Best won six of eight faceoffs. Sam Christiansen and Brock Bakewell had five ground balls each, with Bakewell forcing three turnovers.

Frost led Potsdam with three goals. Ryan McConnell had seven ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Potsdam had a slight 32-29 edge in shots. Diaco finished with eight saves, while Duffy had 14.

Skidmore is home March 5 at 5:00 p.m. against Williams College.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.-SUNY Potsdam (1-0) scored five unanswered goals and shutout Skidmore College (0-2) in the second half to capture an 8-7 double-overtime victory in its season opener.

Bears junior midfielder Jon Woodworth (Carthage, N.Y./Carthage) scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist for a three-point day. Senior captain Derek Frost (Buffalo, N.Y./Williamsville East) bolstered the Potsdam offense with a hat trick and senior goalie Ryan Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) stopped 14 shots to record his second Bears victory.

The Thoroughbreds jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the first 7:04. Kevin Mulvey opened the scoring in at 11:41. At 7:56, Quinn Hawkins doubled the lead. Four minutes later, sophomore midfielder Pat Bonafede (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) got the first Potsdam tally of the season on an assist from Woodworth. Hawkins netted his second of the contest a minute and a half later and Bears freshman attackman Joe Hayes (Black River, N.Y./Carthage) closed the scoring with 1:30 left in the opening period on a helper from senior captain Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart). The goal was the first of Hayes' career.

Hawkins got his third 37 seconds into the second quarter and Seth Berger added a man-up goal at 13:31 to build a 5-2 Thoroughbred lead. Frost closed the gap to 5-3 at 11:08, but Mulvey and Hawkins added two more goals in the final five minutes for a 7-3 advantage at the half.

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