Playoff preview: Men's lacrosse team hosts Plattsburgh on Wednesday at 4 p.m.


POTSDAM, N.Y.— The SUNY Potsdam men's lacrosse team will host a SUNYAC men's lacrosse playoff game for the second time in four years on Wednesday, April 30.

The second-seeded Bears will be facing the third-seeded Plattsburgh State Cardinals at 4 p.m
Leading Potsdam's offense is senior captain Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) with 28 goals and 28 assists for 56 points on the season. With two points against SUNY Geneseo this past Saturday, Kunz moved into ninth place on the program's all-time scoring list with 130 points.

Sophomore midfielder Pat Bonafede (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) is second on the team in scoring with 25 goals and 11 assists for 36 points. Sophomore attackman Ed Doherty (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst) is has scored a career-best 26 goals and five assists for 31 points.

Anchoring the defense are seniors Jake Gyder (Liverpool N.Y./Liverpool), Jeff Love (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) along with junior Nick Waseleski (Victor, N.Y./Victor) and sophomore Kyle Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart).

Between the pipes is four-time SUNYAC Goalie of the Week senior Ryan Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool). Duffy led the conference in save percentage (.662), was second in goals-against-average (7.45) and posted a 10-5 record.

Top scorers for the Cardinals are led by Brendan Damm with 46 goals and 16 assists for 62 points. Second is Rob Ashlaw with 30 goals and 24 assists for 54 points. Third for scoring is Tim Lawrence with 22 goals and 15 assists for 37 points.

In goal for the Cardinals is Andrew Hauk who has a .557 save percentage and a 7.75 goals-against-average.

At the same time, top-seeded and nationally-ranked No. 8 Cortland will be hosting fourth-seeded Oneonta. The winners of each game will play for the SUNYAC Championship on Saturday, May 3 on the campus of the highest seeded team.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for non-Potsdam students and $3 for children 12 and under.  SUNY Potsdam students are free with their student ID.

Tickets will be sold at Maxcy Turf Field just prior to game time.