CAZENOVIA -- The SUNY Canton men’s lacrosse team put together another strong final quarter but again came up just short as they lost at Cazenovia College 9-8 Wednesday afternoon.
Freshman Chris Gamble (Carthage, N.Y.) led the Roos (0-2) with two goals and one assist. Senior Patrick Connelly (Chittenango, N.Y.), sophomore Garrett DiTullio (Potsdam, N.Y.) and freshman Zarrien Sloan (Waterloo, N.Y.) also scored two goals. Senior Rob Gleason (Vestal, N.Y.) added two assists and junior goalie Corey Spuck (Rochester, N.Y.) made 15 saves.
Wednesday’s game was evenly matched as both teams generated 31 shots. SUNY Canton had a slight edge in ground balls (51-45) and for the second game in a row came out on top in face offs 12-9. Gamble won nine of those draws, freshman Devin Gruneisen (Potsdam, N.Y.) won two, and sophomore Tony Carden (Franklin, Mass.) had one win.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the opening quarter, before the Roos responded with goals from Connelly and Sloan to pull ahead 2-1. Cazenovia scored two unanswered to lead 3-2 after one.
SUNY Canton struck for the only goal in the second quarter when DiTullio fired one in from sophomore James Kane (Jamison, Pa.) with 10:31 left, and the score remained 3-3 at halftime.
Cazenovia dominated the third quarter outscoring the Roos 4-1 to take a 7-4 advantage into the final quarter. But just like they did in their season-opener against Medaille, SUNY Canton didn’t go away and played a spirited final 15 minutes to battle back and surge ahead scoring four straight goals to start the quarter.
Gamble scored both of his goals in the first five minutes to pull the Roos to within one goal at 7-6. Sloan then found the back of the net to deadlock the game 7-7 with 8:51 on the clock, and two minutes later DiTullio gave the Roos their second lead scoring from Gleason with 6:23 remaining. But Cazenovia closed the game with two goals in the final five minutes of regulation to squeak out the win.
Kyle Kinglsey scored three goals to lead the Wildcats. Cory Tilton added two goals and one assist, and Pat Boyle made 15 saves in goal.
The Roos next game is on March 16 at Regis College in Weston, Mass.