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Men's lacrosse tied for 1st, spoils Cortland's party

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 09:00 pm
Junior attacker Nick Daigle (above) blows by a defenseman and scores his first of two against Cortland. Daigle found the net back-to-back during the first period of the match and helped Brockport stay ahead. The junior finished with two goals and an assist on 77 percent shot accuracy. His one and only assist was to fellow freshman attacker Patrick Sheridan whom he also shared the same statline with.
Junior attacker Nick Daigle (above) blows by a defenseman and scores his first of two against Cortland. Daigle found the net back-to-back during the first period of the match and helped Brockport stay ahead. The junior finished with two goals and an assist on 77 percent shot accuracy. His one and only assist was to fellow freshman attacker Patrick Sheridan whom he also shared the same statline with.

Snapping a 56 conference-game winning streak against an arch rival is a pretty good way to bounce back from a loss, but an achievement as such goes well beyond a great recovery to follow a loss. 

After suffering a one-goal defeat to Geneseo on Wednesday, April 11, that saw its perfect SUNYAC run come to an end, The College at Brockport men’s lacrosse team responded by beating defending champion Cortland in a match that will go down in SUNYAC history. 

Cortland has been the team to beat for a while now, but even that might be an understatement. The Red Dragons won the conference title last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. Throughout 10 full years of conference play, the team has only lost twice, with the first time dating all the way back to 2009. Brockport was responsible for Cortland’s second loss in nine years, a feat attempted by all other SUNYAC teams, but only accomplished by one. 

Prior to the first faceoff of the match between the two, the Golden Eagles were clearly the underdogs, but that was just added to its motivation and want to win.

“We simply didn’t think about what could go wrong,” sophomore midfielder Kieran Fitzgerald said. “The guys all played their game from the start, and they were all having fun doing so.”

Once the contest was underway, Brockport caught Cortland’s defense sleeping. Senior faceoff specialist Michael Caternolo was responsible for the team’s best start to a game of the season. Incredibly, he found the net within the first five seconds of the match, a start that proved to command the rest of the game. Following a clean hit from freshman attacker Patrick Sheridan, and a quick double for junior attacker Nick Daigle, the Golden Eagles lead the Red Dragons 4-2 to close the first quarter. 

For the second, Brockport’s game elevated when its defensive solidity and emphatic saves from senior goalie Dallas Mayers held Cortland to a scoreless quarter. The scoreline stood at 5-2 during the half. 

Brockport’s offense couldn’t be stopped, and the team extended its lead to four through freshman attacker and scoring leader Liam O’Connor, who acrobatically shot low past Cortland’s keeper to make it 6-2. The Red Dragons responded with two goals of their own to cut the lead back to two; however, the Golden Eagles one-upped them by going on a three goal run to take back control with a lead of 9-4. 

The last quarter of action saw Cortland closing the gap on Brockport. The team cut its way through Brockport’s defense and managed to find the net three times, putting them behind Brockport by just two. The closing stage of the game was a full-out battle between the two sides, but it was O’Connor that scored his second and Brockport’s tenth to secure the team’s first win over Cortland in 16 years. 

“This means a lot, it’s a huge example of what we’re capable of,” sophomore midfielder Tom Walsh said. “The history, the fight, but most importantly, the result, is what we are most proud of.”

 Despite coming off its lowest scoring tally of the season after managing to only put two past Geneseo’s goalie, the team took down a superpower of a program, which was a key momentum booster and a solid foundation for the rest of the season. 

With its most recent victory, Brockport is currently tied for first in the conference with Cortland. On top of that, the team is on track to secure a home field advantage come tournament time. 

Brockport has been making quiet progress from the start of the season, and the team will look to strive toward SUNYAC success this coming Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m. against Plattsburgh.

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