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Men's lacrosse suffers second consecutive SUNYAC loss

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Tue, Apr 9th 2019 09:00 pm
Senior goalie John Clancy turns his stick upside down to stop an incoming shot.
Senior goalie John Clancy turns his stick upside down to stop an incoming shot.
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Facing defeat is normal in every sport, regardless of the makeup of a team. When it comes to the idea of losing games, specifically ones that weigh into a postseason appearance, the significance of combating the toll of them is integral to any future success. 

Following a three-game winning streak in non-conference play, The College at Brockport men’s lacrosse team has since lost its footing. The team opened the SUNYAC campaign with two back-to-back defeats. Despite finding itself in the bottom half of the conference standings, the team remains positive and looks to kick-start its playoff run.  

Brockport’s 2019 conference schedule began at the end of March with a game against Oneonta that saw the team take a big hit. The Golden Eagles lost 11-6 as they were unable to keep pace with the opponent. Similar to its SUNYAC opener, the team fell out of reach from it’s most recent competitor, Oswego, and faced its second defeat. 

The contest against Oswego was played on Saturday, April 6 at Brockport and marked yet another slip-up for the home side. Following the opening faceoff, Oswego was the first to find the back of the net when the team scored within the first three minutes of the game. Despite the run of play, Brockport transitioned the ball well and was able to even up the score with a low shot by freshman forward Owen Van Wie. To conclude the period, Oswego’s offense pressed on and found a second goal with 35 seconds to go until the end of the first quarter. 

In the second, Oswego saw more success in its offensive play and added two goals in two minutes. After a combined effort from Brockport’s forwards, senior Nick Daigle cut into Oswego’s lead. His effort was negated by another goal from the away side, which sent Brockport into halftime trailing 5-2. 

Once the third period began, Brockport’s midfield and attack clicked to produce two quick goals and managed to come in sight of Oswego. Despite the hot start to the half, the team’s hopes of challenging the lead came crashing down after a momentum shift favoring Oswego, which was propelled by a 5-0 run. 

Brockport’s overall morale fell under the competitor’s succession of scores and resulted in a deeper hole as the contest continued. This loss of mindset is a concept that the team cannot afford to possess moving forward in the season. 

“That is how games in the SUNYAC’s go,” junior midfielder Tom Walsh said. “We cannot be down because of a momentum change, but come back into the game and relax.” 

Oswego entered the last period with a commanding advantage of five goals. Despite three goals from Brockport to close up the gap, the team was not able to fully complete a comeback in time. Once the final horn sounded, Brockport walked away with an 11-8 loss to Oswego. 

Defeats make up most of Brockport’s conference picture thus far. In the process of climbing back up the ladder and correcting the errors of its opening two games, the team looks to focus on future improvement instead of magnifying the mistakes that has caused the losses. 

“We decide our own destiny,” junior midfielder Kieran Fitzgerald said. “We expect to and should be a threat come playoff time.” 

Due to the low number of participating teams within Brockport’s league, the Golden Eagles’ upcoming matchup against Potsdam will mark the halfway point of their season. Following the game against the Bears, a total of four games remain for the team to turn its 4—5 season around before the first stage of the SUNYAC playoffs. 

Brockport is set to face Potsdam this upcoming Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m. Along with Brockport and Geneseo, the Potsdam Bears make up the lower half of the conference standings and will be a target in Brockport’s ambitions to step back into the SUNYAC picture.