MARCY, N.Y. – The SUNY Poly Men's Lacrosse Team (1-4, 0-1 NEAC) submitted a grueling 60 minutes at home Friday night with NEAC rival Hilbert (2-3, 1-0 NEAC). The Hawks ultimately prevailed, breaking a 4-4 tie with two goals in the fourth quarter and hanging on for a 6-5 win.
After surrendering three quick goals to start the game, the Wildcats dominated the action over the next two-and-a-half periods. They held the visitors scoreless in both the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
RJ Ferrucci (Rome, N.Y. / Rome Free Acad.) played a big role in the stifling, making 8 saves on the night.
The Wildcats also drew an inordinate amount of penalties from the Hawks, who finished with a whopping 14 minutes worth of penalty time on 15 infractions.
SUNY Poly tied the game on an Andrew Wurz (Utica, N.Y. / Notre Dame) goal with 3:40 to play in the 3rd quarter. Wurz fired a nice one-hopper from several yards out to make it a 4-4 game.
Hilbert answered back in the fourth with goals by Sean Purtill and Andrew Ulbrich, both within the first 4 minutes of the quarter. Wurz scored his team-leading second goal with 6:32 to play in a man-up situation on an assist by Shane Joswick (New York Mills, N.Y. / MVCC), but that was all the offense the Wildcats would muster.
While the large Wildcat advantage in penalty minutes helped keep the Hawks off the board throughout the middle of the game, SUNY Poly's biggest downfall in the game was its inability to make those penalties hurt on the other end. The home team finished just 1 of 15 in man-up situations for the game.
Of course the visitors deserved some credit for those numbers – goalkeeper Brenden Deady had a mammoth game between the pipes, making 13 saves. The Hawk defense played particularly well with its back to the wall, too, knocking down passes and generally disrupting the Wildcat offense to make up for being down one or even two players at a time during one stretch.
For the Wildcats in defeat it was Wurz and Nick Levanti (Clayville, N.Y. / New Hartford) leading, each with 2 goals apiece. Joswick, who took the brunt of the Hawks' physical style at times, battled his way to a game-high 7 groundballs to go along with a goal and an assist.
The Wildcats will hit the road next for another NEAC contest, this time with the Morrisville State Mustangs. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1st, at 6:30 pm.