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Men's lacrosse maintains perfect SUNYAC record

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Apr 10th 2018 10:00 pm

With an inconsistent start to the season behind it and a two-game winning streak in the conference, The College at Brockport men’s lacrosse team has been on the rise. Following a victorious battle against Oswego, Brockport kept its SUNYAC pace going by beating Potsdam 8-5 this past Saturday, April 7. 

Despite failing to find winning results on a weekly basis for the opening of the season, Brockport adjusted to its early mistakes and has climbed to a perfect conference record of 2—0; the only SUNYAC team to do so other than Cortland.  

In contrast to Cortland’s success, Brockport’s playing roster is smaller in size and much less experienced. The team is made up of 40 eligible players, more than half of which are freshmen and transfer athletes. Aside from that, there is a total of 13 players in their third or fourth year on the team compared to Cortland’s 24. On the other hand, Cortland’s freshman class beats Brockport’s in size by six. But, Brockport’s freshman class’ influence outshines Cortland’s as far as the period of time the young athletes get during game play. 

“Our performance in the league is still a work in process,” sophomore midfielder Kieran Fitzgerald said. “We have a long way to go, but our influence in the league for such a new and young group is definitely something we are all proud of. We look forward to improving our ability everyday.” 

Alongside this season’s theme of continuous progress, the team’s young prospects have not shown signs of fear when it comes to getting the job done, something they proved this past weekend against Potsdam. 

The Golden Eagles have been prone to starting off slow this year, often trailing behind opposition following the first faceoff. That did not change against Potsdam, and the Bears opened the scoring within the first couple of minutes. Brockport was slow to react, but quickly responded with two goals from the freshman pair of attacker Liam O’Connor and middie Brendan Halleran. 

After that sequence, sophomore midfielder Brian McGreevy recorded his first goal for Brockport to extend the team’s lead to two. Potsdam found its way through Brockport’s defense toward the end of the second to set the halftime scoreline at 3-2 in favor of Brockport. 

Third period was quiet. Brockport found the net but Potsdam hit a double to bring the game to a stalemate for a 4-4 score. 

Brockport’s offense lit up the scoreboard with four straight goals to start the fourth. Halleran made the most of his time on the field by scoring two and completing a hat trick, while senior midfielder Colton Oliver scored his second of the match to take Brockport past Potsdam and seal a 8-5 victory.        

 “Everyone stepped up in different ways,” Fitzgerald said. “The younger guys took control of the match and that was great to see.” 

As a result of an assertive defense and an increasingly aggressive offense that has been responsible for a combined 16 goals from the last two contests, the Golden Eagles have made a big leap toward claiming a spot for the season’s upcoming tournament. 

Having taken down two teams with four more to go, the team has left its mark in the SUNYACs, but there is still progress to be made. 

“We made it clear early on at the start of pre-season that the season is not a sprint, but a marathon,” head coach Ben Wineburg said. “We can’t get comfortable with what we have right now, we expect all conference games to be closely contested.”

Brockport’s shot of lifting the championship title relies on the team’s ability to stay consistent in holding off the competition that’s looking to do the same. 

The team’s next challenge is scheduled to take place on Brockport’s turf on Wednesday, April 11, at 4 p.m. against 4—4 Geneseo.

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