Men's Lacrosse Drops Heartbreaker to Oswego State, 9-8
The Pride men's lacrosse team took an 8-7 lead into the final period but came up on the short end of a 9-8 decision to Oswego State (NY) on Wednesday afternoon. Greensboro was looking to move above the .500 mark and hand the Lakers their first defeat of the season.
The game was tight throughout, with neither team going up by more than one goal. After Oswego State struck first, Conor Leary found the back of the net at the 7:33 mark in the first period to knot the score at 1-1.
The Lakers rallied back to regain the lead before Max Aiken and Jaeger Carlyle recorded goals to put The Pride on top for the first time in the game at 3-2. The lead would not last long, however, as Oswego State scored twice in the waning minutes to take a 4-3 lead into the second.
The second period featured one goal for each team, with Aiken adding his second goal of the day to briefly tie the score. The game would go into the break with the Lakers leading 5-4.
Scott Showalter evened the score at 5-5, six minutes into new half, with a man-up goal. Oswego State answered with a man-up goal of their own, less than a minute later.
The Pride finally broke through with two quick goals by Thomas Brooks and Zach Frohne to pull ahead 7-6 with 5:30 to play in the frame. Following a Laker goal that again tied things up, Brooks beat the keeper to give Greensboro an 8-7 lead with one quarter to play.
Unfortunately, The Pride offense was unable to capitalize on opportunities in the fourth while Oswego State tallied two goals, inlcuding the game winner with 3:22 remaining in the game.
Greensboro had one final attempt in the final seconds but could not fire off a shot as the clock expired on the comeback try.
The Pride ended the day with 37 shot attempts and held a 22-21 advantage in shots on goal. Greensboro picked up 33 ground balls, converted 14-19 clear attempts and won 12-20 face-offs.
Brooks and Aiken both contributed a game high two goals in the loss while Bill Blakely dished out a game high six assists. Mitchell Kanowicz suffered the defeat in goal despite a stellar 12 save effort.
The Pride will look to rebound on Saturday with a 1 p.m. home game against Farmingdale State (NY).