SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam men's lacrosse team (1-0) scored five unanswered goals and shutout Skidmore College (0-2) in the second half to capture an 8-7 double-overtime victory in its season opener. Bears junior midfielder Jon Woodworth (Carthage, N.Y./Carthage) scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist for a three-point day. Senior captain Derek Frost (Buffalo, N.Y./Williamsville East) bolstered the Potsdam offense with a hat trick and senior goalie Ryan Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) stopped 14 shots to record his second Bears victory.
The Thoroughbreds jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the first 7:04. Kevin Mulvey opened the scoring in at 11:41. At 7:56, Quinn Hawkins doubled the lead. Four minutes later, sophomore midfielder Pat Bonafede (Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) got the first Potsdam tally of the season on an assist from Woodworth. Hawkins netted his second of the contest a minute and a half later and Bears freshman attackman Joe Hayes (Black River, N.Y./Carthage) closed the scoring with 1:30 left in the opening period on a helper from senior captain Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart). The goal was the first of Hayes' career.
Hawkins got his third 37 seconds into the second quarter and Seth Berger added a man-up goal at 13:31 to build a 5-2 Thoroughbred lead. Frost closed the gap to 5-3 at 11:08, but Mulvey and Hawkins added two more goals in the final five minutes for a 7-3 advantage at the half.
The third quarter was tightly contested with goals difficult to come by. Sophomore attackman Ed Doherty (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst) finally broke the scoring drought with 2:51 left to get the Bears to within 7-4. The score remained the same after 45 minutes.
Frost made it a two-goal game 1:01 into the fourth quarter with an unassisted marker. At 8:15 Woodworth scored his first goal as a Bear to get Potsdam to within 7-6. With 1:06 to go, the Bears called time out. The strategy worked as Frost buried a feed from freshman attackman Berkley Stone (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) to tie the score with 42 seconds left while on the man-advantage.
In the first overtime the teams traded chances, but Potsdam senior goalie Ryan Duffy (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) and Thoroughbred goalie Matt Diaco kept the game knotted at 7-7. Skidmore won the opening faceoff in the second overtime, but turned the ball over. The Bears called timeout and then worked the ball around the Thoroughbreds' zone. With 2:38 left, Woodworth ended the contest with his second goal on a shot from inside the circle.
Diaco finished with eight saves for Skidmore as Potsdam outshot its hosts 32-29 on the afternoon. The Thoroughbreds were just 1-7 on the man-advantage and the Bears were a perfect 1-1.Kunz and Stone each caused four turnovers on the afternoon.
Potsdam is back in action for its home opener next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when the Bears host Alfred State.