Golden Eagles edge Bears in OT, 10-9

04.06.13

POTSDAM, N.Y.—The College at Brockport (3-6, 1-1 SUNYAC) rallied from a four-goal fourth quarter deficit to defeat the SUNY Potsdam men's lacrosse team (4-3, 0-1) 10-9 in overtime. Junior midfielder Riley Austin and senior attackman Jesse Elliott each scored two goals and recorded an assist to lead the Golden Eagles. Senior midfielder Pat Morrill had a game-high four points (3g-1a) for the Bears and senior captain Rob Kunz chipped in two goals and a helper.

The teams traded the first five goals over the opening quarter. Morrill beat Brockport senior goalie Cory Benwaree for a 1-0 lead 1:15 into the contest. Golden Eagle junior midfielder Steve Brissette tied the score 1:04 later. Freshman midfielder Pat Bonafede and Kunz sandwiched the last two Potsdam goals around one from Austin and took a 3-2 lead into the first break. Kunz and senior captain Brady Fremont assisted on the two Bear tallies.

The trend continued in the second 15 minutes. Morrill set up junior midfielder Derek Frost at 13:25 followed by a goal from Brockport senior midfielder Tim Cook 50 seconds later. Morrill buried his second at 7:41 and Elliott made it a 5-4 contest at 6:49. The score was unchanged at the half.

Junior attackman Jeff Seager made it 6-4 at the 13:45 mark of the third quarter and Morrill completed his hat trick at 8:44 with a man-up goal to extend the lead to three. Senior attackman Kyle Nicholas assisted on the goal. Brisette made it 7-5 six minutes later and Kunz helped the Bears regain the three-goal advantage to close the quarter.

Potsdam made the most of a man-up opportunity early in the final quarter. Seager received the ball from a teammate right behind the Brockport goal, but kept it concealed. The defense and Benwaree looked right and Seager came around the left side of the goal and fired the ball home before Benwaree even saw it. The 9-5 lead was Potsdam's biggest of the day and the turning point of the game. Freshman attackman John Countryman, Austin and sophomore Justin Cook score the next three goals over an eight-minute span to get Brockport to within 9-8 with 3:55 remaining. Two minutes later, the Golden Eagle defense forced a bad Bears pass down into the Potsdam end. After a loose ball scramble, the ball popped free to Elliott who went in all alone and knotted the score at nine all with 1:17 on the clock.

In overtime, Countryman scored a man-up goal from his knees to deliver the Brockport victory 1:51 into the extra period.

In goal, senior captain Stefan Sloma made nine saves for the Bears, while Benwaree stopped six shots for the Golden Eagles.

Potsdam outshot Brockport 31-28 on the day, but the Golden Eagles collected 37 ground balls to the Bears 26 and won 17 of 22 faceoffs. Brockport was 2-4 in man-up situations and Potsdam went 2-3.

The Bears look to bounce back when they host Oswego State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.