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Men's lax records first conference win

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Apr 3rd 2018 08:00 pm
Senior midfielder and captain Colton Oliver gets surrounded by teammates in celebration after opening the scoring in Brockport's matchup against Oswego in the 14 second mark of the first half.
Senior midfielder and captain Colton Oliver gets surrounded by teammates in celebration after opening the scoring in Brockport's matchup against Oswego in the 14 second mark of the first half.

Following a last minute defeat against Lycoming and a month-long period of adjusting to a new playing system, the final pieces to the puzzle have fallen into place. The College at Brockport men’s lacrosse team secured a confident victory, capitalizing on its first conference outing with an 8–6 win over the Oswego Lakers. 

Currently sitting on an overall record of 3—5, Brockport is still working on adopting consistently into its play, but the team has come a long way from its beginning stages of the campaign. 

Apart from the roster being made up of 22 new players in freshmen and transfers, Brockport has been working with a new structure of play. The pass-first centered system was gradually introduced to the team, but it failed to bring winning results until the Oswego matchup. 

“Coach Wineburg’s system change for 2018 has been a big point of emphasis,” sophomore goalie Sam DiPace said. “We definitely had to adjust to it, but we’ve been working on improving the pace of it and it showed against Oswego. We got Oswego to slide which resulted in space for us to attack. If we keep at it, we will be able to keep defenses unorganized, giving us a huge upper hand.” 

 Brockport’s matchup versus Oswego was played this past weekend, on Saturday, March 31, at 3 p.m. It marked both teams’ first conference game of the year, as well as the snap of Oswego’s five game winning streak. 

The Golden Eagles were first to hit net, going up one within 14 seconds of play after a sensational run from senior middie and captain Colton Oliver. The Lakers came back to tie it up, but Oliver notched his second of the contest and freshman attacking prospect Patrick Sheridan followed with a quick goal, sending Brockport 3-1 up in the second. The battle heated up, and the second period saw both teams score early, eventually closing the first half with a 4-2 lead for the Green and Gold. 

Without failing to entertain for a minute, the second half proved for seat-gripping action. The Lakers were closer than ever, and the Golden Eagles’ lead was slowly cut away by Oswego’s attackmen. By the last three minutes of the game, they had done it, and the Lakers found themselves back in the game. Tied at 6-6 with both teams pushing for the win, Brockport’s new system finally clicked. The defense quickly cleared to the midfield where it found junior redshirt Billy Coppola, who found a gap and slotted it past Oswego’s keeper for a 7-6 lead with 45 seconds on the clock. With less than a minute to go, Oswego’s attack won the following faceoff and bombed upfield where the team’s last-ditch shot was met by the gloves of Brockport senior keeper Dallas Meyers for a game sealing save. Meyers recorded an incredible 13 saves and Brockport won 8 to 6.  

 “Every part of the team has improved and that growth shows on the field,” junior goalie John Clancy said.  “The SUNYAC season has always been more intense than the start of the season. I believe our resiliency was the most important against Oswego and is what is going to fuel the rest of the road to SUNYAC success.”

The Golden Eagles will face the Potsdam Bears for Brockport’s senior day and second conference match of the calendar year. The game is set to take place on Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m.

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