CANTON -- Junior Corey Spuck (Rochester, N.Y.) made 17 saves as the SUNY Canton men’s lacrosse team opened their season with a 13-9 loss to Medaille College on a chilly day in Canton.
Senior Rob Gleason (Vestal, N.Y.) and sophomore Jason Thompson (Massena, N.Y.) paced the Roos attack with two goals and two assists apiece. Senior Patrick Connelly (Chittenango, N.Y.) tossed in two goals and assisted on one other tally.
Freshman Chris Gamble (Carthage, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist, and junior Tanner Pratt (Canton, N.Y.) and sophomore Garrett DiTullio (Potsdam, N.Y.) each scored once for SUNY Canton (0-1).
The Mavericks jumped ahead quickly opening up a 3-0 advantage six minutes into the first quarter. Connelly broke the drought when he one-timed a pass from behind the cage from sophomore Steve Novak ( Seymour, Conn.) with 8:49 remaining.
Medaille scored three unanswered goals, and a late tally from Gleason and another by the Mavericks gave the visiting team a 7-2 lead after the first 15 minutes.
The Roos controlled the second quarter as Pratt, Thompson and DiTullio all found the back of the net, and coupled with six big saves from Spuck pulled SUNY Canton within 8-5 at halftime.
SUNY Canton couldn’t keep up the momentum from that second quarter, and Medaille bounced back outscoring the Roos 3-1 in the third quarter. The Mavericks stretched their lead to 14-6 with three strikes in a two-minute span of the final quarter.
The Roos kept fighting and scored two man-up goals from Gamble and Gleason in the final seven minutes, and Connelly scored his second goal with 22 seconds left, but the clock ran out on the Roos rally and Medaille moved to 2-0 in the series between the two teams.
The Roos finished 3-for-4 on man-up opportunities.
SUNY Canton picked up 32 ground balls to 25 by Medaille, and won the face-off battle 16-9. Gamble had a terrific day in the center circle winning 14 of 21 draws.
Brock Levick fired in four goals and had two assists to lead Medaille. Drew Belica added three goals and two assists, and Sean Kettles recorded 11 saves in the win.
The Roos are next in action on March 6 when they travel to Cazenovia College to take on the Wildcats at 4 p.m.