Bears thump Hawks for road win, 14-5

03.16.13

ONEONTA, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam men's lacrosse team (2-1) scored a season-high 14 goals on the road as they rolled to a 14-5 hammering of Hartwick College (3-2) on Saturday afternoon. Junior midfielder Derek Frost matched a career-best five points with three goals and two assists to lead the Bears, while Jeff Seager added two goals and one assist.

After falling behind just 56 seconds into the contest on a Hawk goal from Harry Hughes, the Potsdam offense kicked into gear, going on a 5-0 run. Junior captain Rob Kunz tied the game at 12:48 with an assist from Frost. After nearly eight scoreless minutes, senior attackman Kyle Nicholas struck for two in a row to put the Bears up for good. The first came in a man-up opportunity at 4:57 from junior midfielder Robbie Ashlaw and the second at 2:59 from junior attackman Kevin Logan. Frost scored with 52 seconds left in the quarter on a pass from Seager and Potsdam led 4-1 after 15 minutes.

Kunz opened the scoring at 13:54 of the second quarter on a helper senior midfielder Pat Morill. Hughes briefly slowed the Bears' momentum with another Hartwick goal at 7:46, but Potsdam closed the half on a 4-0 streak. Junior midfielder Pat Mahar made it 6-2 at 7:05 and senior captain Ryan McConnell scored a man-down goal a minute later. Seager and Frost closed the first half scoring with markers at 2:43 and 0:09. The Bears led 9-2 at the break.

Frost notched his third of the game just 1:18 into the third quarter and Hughes matched the feat for the Hawks at 10:33. Mahar made it 11-3 just over four minutes later. Harwick's Cody Ciolino and Seager traded goals as the teams completed the first 45 minutes, giving Potsdam a 12-4 advantage.

The Bears didn't take their foot off the gas until they had put the game out of reach. Frost set up Ashlaw 2:10 into the final quarter and freshman midfielder Pat Bonafede gave Potsdam a 10-goal advantage 18 ticks later. Hughes chipped in one final tally with 1:28 remaining, but Potsdam rolled for the 14-5 victory.

Bears senior goalie Stefan Sloma had another stellar day, making 11 saves and allowing just four goals in the first 55:56 to earn the win. In his Potsdam debut, junior Ryan Duffy closed the game with three saves and one goal allowed in the last 4:04. Hartwick goalie Carl Lengel allowed 14 goals and stopped five shots in 47:50 and was tagged with the loss. Matthew Galvin closed the game with two saves in the final 12:10.

The Bears outshot the Hawks 36-30, but Hartwick finished with a slim 21-19 advantage in ground balls. Potsdam was 1-3 in man-up situations and the Hawks were just 1-9.

The Bears return to action next Saturday, March 23, when they travel to Utica for a 1 p.m. showdown with the Pioneers.