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Men's lacrosse picks up first win of 2019

by Paul Cifonelli - Staff Writer
Wed, Mar 13th 2019 02:45 pm
Senior attacker Nick Daigle anticipates the pressure from Keuka's senior midfielder Marco Carney. The Golden Eagles outshot the Wolves 56-29 in its dominating win, with 40 of their shots registering on net. Brockport's favoring possession time was reflected by the team's ground ball advantage of 43-19 as well.
Senior attacker Nick Daigle anticipates the pressure from Keuka's senior midfielder Marco Carney. The Golden Eagles outshot the Wolves 56-29 in its dominating win, with 40 of their shots registering on net. Brockport's favoring possession time was reflected by the team's ground ball advantage of 43-19 as well.

The College at Brockport men’s lacrosse team did not have an ideal start to its season. With two initial losses in back-to-back games, the Golden Eagles had an early hole to dig out of.

Clarkson and Nazareth both dominated Brockport by a combined score of 32-12 over the two games. In order to stay in a game long enough to win, sophomore midfielder Brendan Halleran said the Golden Eagles had to get back to the fundamentals.

“We took this week to get back to the basics,” Halleran said. “We simplified things on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.”

What the team practiced over the week clearly worked in the game on Saturday, March 9, when Keuka College visited Brockport. The Wolves sported a 2—0 record heading into the game after blowout victories over Alfred State and Elmira College.

The Golden Eagles got off to a hot start on Saturday as sophomore FOGO Ethan Stiles won the opening faceoff and scored just five seconds into the game. The goal gave Brockport yet another early first quarter lead, as the team had had a lead in the first quarter of all three games. For Stiles, the goal was the first of his career and a huge boost for the team.

“It was an awesome feeling scoring my first collegiate goal,” Stiles said. “The best part was having my teammates celebrating and cheering me on. But, scoring a goal right at the first faceoff is a great momentum boost for the rest of the game. It really brings the team together right away and gets everyone hyped up for the rest of the game.”

After Stiles’ goal, senior attacker Nick Daigle, senior midfielder Billy Coppola and Halleran all scored, with the Wolves only tallying one goal within that span. Following another Keuka goal, goals by senior attacker Jacob Recor and Daigle gave the Golden Eagles a 6-2 advantage. A scoring flurry in the last five minutes of the half saw Brockport take an 8-5 lead into halftime.

The Golden Eagles had another hot start to the second half. Recor, sophomore attacker Peter Scavone and junior midfielder Corey Choberka all scored in the first five minutes of the third quarter. Choberka scored the last two goals of the barrage, helping Brockport take a commanding 12-5 lead at that point in the contest.

Any comeback attempt that Keuka put on from this point was futile. Brockport finished with a 14-10 win, its first of the 2019 campaign.

The main difference between the first two losses and the third game was the offense. Brockport was able to score 14 goals against the Wolves, two more than what the team mustered up in its first two games combined. Halleran said that the team did a few things differently that led to the success.

“I believe the reason we scored 14 goals was because we dominated possession and got a lot of shots off,” Halleran said.

The team desperately needed a win to prevent its season from spiraling out of control. The 2019 season was starting the same as the 2018 one did, a season that saw the Golden Eagles finish 5—9 and lose in the semifinals of the SUNYAC tournament. 

In both seasons, Brockport was blown out by Clarkson and Nazareth in the early-going. The only difference was a win against Alfred University to begin last year. Similar to 2018, Brockport got a much-needed win against Keuka. Stiles said the win was huge for team morale and its early season struggles.

“It feels great to get each and every win, nobody likes losing,” Stiles said. “This win was a huge gain for our confidence. Hopefully we can build upon this win and keep progressing to become the best we can.”

The Golden Eagles’ next chance to get in the win column comes on Wednesday, March 13 when St. John Fisher comes to Brockport. Brockport’s second game this week is a road trip to Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, March 16.