POTSDAM, N.Y.—Senior forward Harrison Lane scored three times to lead SUNY New Paltz (6-6-1, 2-4 SUNYAC) to a 3-1 victory over the SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team (2-7-2, 0-2-2) on Saturday afternoon. Junior midfielder Alessio Vitale scored for the Bears.
The Hawks started strong and were able to sustain pressure on Potsdam for much of the first half, outshooting the Bears 12-3. In the 21st minute, junior forward Mike Jacobsen had his shot stopped by Potsdam senior goalie Joseph Glackin, but Harrison was there to bury the rebound. New Paltz held the 1-0 lead into the break.
Vitale tied the score at the 48:20 mark, slipping the ball past Hawks sophomore goalie Steven Domino after catching a pass from sophomore forward Eduardo Figueroa. Figueroa's assist moved him into a tie for seventh place on Potsdam's all-time scoring list with 27 seven points. The goal temporarily fired up the Bears, but Lane squashed the momentum with his second tally at 58:50. Senior midfielder Mateo Cordini assisted on the goal to put New Paltz back in front 2-1. Potsdam wasn't able to generate many strong scoring chances over the next 20 minutes and Lane completed his hat trick at 78:53 after driving a home a shot from the top of the box. Sophomore midfielder Alec Johnson, grandson of former Bears men's soccer coach and athletics administrator Dr. Neil Johnson, recorded the final assist.
Glackin finished with six saves, while Domino stopped three shots to earn the win. The Hawks outshot Potsdam 23-7.
Next, the Bears head to Western New York to continue their SUNYAC slate. Potsdam faces Buffalo State at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 and Fredonia on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.