Posted by Katie Peverada
The men's lacrosse team took on SUNY Potsdam in a non-conference matchup on Saturday at Wachenheim Field. Despite starting strong, the team saw their 7-3 halftime lead disappear in the third and fourth quarters, and SUNY Potsdam was able to score the game's final five goals en route to their 8-7 double overtime win.
Skidmore opened the game with goals from Kevin Mulvey '16 and Quinn Hawkins '14 before Potsdam was able to find the back of the net to make the score 2-1 at the 3:32 mark of the first period. In the second period, Skidmore jumped to a 5-2 lead on the strength of Hawkins' third goal of the game. Hawkins added one more goal before the half to make it 7-3 Skidmore--but it would prove to be the last Skidmore goal of the day.
The third period produced only one goal, as Ed Doherty of Potsdam put the ball past Matt Diaco '14 and swung the momentum in the Bears' favor. With the score 7-6 in the final minute, it appeared as if the Thoroughbreds would hold on for the win, but a late man-up opportunity for the Bears allowed them to tie the game at 7-7 and force overtime.
The first overtime produced no goals for either team, but Diaco made two key saves to keep the Thoroughbreds in the game. Even though Skidmore had 18 turnovers to Potsdam's 19, one of their 18 led to the game-winning goal. Potsdam controlled the turnover and put their game-winning play in place before Jon Woodworth found the back of the net from in the circle.
Hawkins finished with four goals and one assist, while Mulvey added two goals and two assists. Taylor Best '14 won six of eight face-offs for Skidmore, while Sam Christiansen '15 and Brock Bakewell '15 each scooped up five ground balls. Diaco finished with eight saves.
Skidmore will take on Williams College Wednesday, March 5 at Wachenheim Field in a non-league matchup.