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Men's lacrosse defeated in 2019 season debut

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Wed, Mar 6th 2019 02:00 pm
Senior goalkeeper John Clancy drops to his knees in an attempt to stop a Clarkson shot.
Senior goalkeeper John Clancy drops to his knees in an attempt to stop a Clarkson shot.
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While the result of a season opener might influence the mentality of a team at the beginning stages of a campaign, the lessons taken away from the first game can have a much greater impact down the road.

The College at Brockport men’s lacrosse team has opened its 2019 season with an eight point loss to Clarkson University. Where the defeat lacks a convincing factor, it can be made up for in adjusting from the faults of the poor performance. 

Coming into the contest, Clarkson was the favorite as it had already gotten a taste of the 2019 season by thrashing SUNY Canton 22-4 before facing Brockport. The team’s form continued for the first weekend of March when it took down Brockport on Saturday, March 3 on Golden Eagle turf. 

Despite Clarkson’s slight advantage of field time this season, the game’s first quarter proved to be a battle between the two sides as Brockport put two ahead of Clarkson’s single goal as the first quarter was winding down. Yet it was to no avail, as the slim lead was quickly erased by Clarkson and taken for the rest of the match. The opening quarter finished 3-2 in the Golden Knight’s advantage. 

The second and third quarter saw Brockport score a combined two goals compared to the away team’s seven, ending any hope of a comeback. In the two periods, Clarkson’s offense controlled the game and was only stopped a total of two times as it entered the final quarter with a 10-4 lead. 

It was more of the same in the closing period when Brockport failed to contain the opponent’s scoring and got trampled by three consecutive goals. The last couple of minutes before the end of regulation were enough for Brockport to find the back of the net twice, but not enough to close the gap for the lead. The final buzzer sealed the score of a dominant Clarkson victory, 14-6. 

While Brockport starts the season with the burden of losing out on the opener, the team’s first experience on the field provides an opportunity to face future games with a larger grasp of what is required to win. 

“We have to be able to keep momentum on our side because it’s a game of a lot of ups and downs and how we react to those dictate a lot of the game,” junior midfielder Kieran Fitzgerald said. “If we keep momentum on our side and positive attitudes, it will lead to a lot more success in the future.”

Apart from the areas that Brockport will focus on improving in its overall play as the 2019 campaign schedule opens up, the new group of freshman additions is a factor that will add to the team’s efforts. This season, Brockport’s lacrosse team roster includes a total of 13 new names, including freshman goalie John Felice, who registered six saves against Clarkson. 

If this year’s freshman class proves to be as valuable as the one from last season, Brockport’s new prospects are sure to have a big role in future victories. 

“The freshmen played well for their first game,” junior midfielder Tom Walsh said. “John Felice stepped in well in the second half as goalie. When compared to freshmen last year it’s hard to tell whether the contribution will be the same or not. It’s hard to tell because it’s only the first game and still early in the year.”

Brockport only managed to come out victorious in five out of 14 total games played in the prior season, while splitting its conference record at 3—3 and failing to qualify for postseason play. Despite falling in the opening contest of this season, the team’s ability to come back from the loss and combat the factors that held it back from Clarkson will be critical in finding success. 

The team’s next appearance is set to take place back at home against Nazareth College on Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m. Nazareth has lost both of its games this season, while Brockport will look to continue its opponent’s poor form and hand it its third loss of 2019.