Sheridan sets career-high as Bears men's lacrosse outlast Golden Eagles, 5-4
POTSDAM, N.Y. –The SUNY Potsdam men's lacrosse team (4-6, 1-2 SUNYAC) defeated the SUNY Brockport Golden Eagles (4-6, 0-3 SUNYAC) 5-4 on Saturday to pick up a critical SUNYAC win. After being tied early in the fourth quarter, the Bears got a goal from freshman attacker Keenan O'Gorman (Potsdam, N.Y./Potsdam) with 11:22 left to secure the victory. Senior captain Zach Sheridan (Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) stopped a career-high 22 shots, topping his previous best of 20 set Wednesday night.
Brockport got on board first at 11:46 of the first quarter as senior attackman Jacob Recor (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) scored a man-up goal off an assist from sophomore attacker Peter Scavone (East Islip, N.Y./St. John The Baptist). Junior midfielder Corey Choberka (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) gave the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead as he fired a bullet into the net at 8:16. The Bears answered with two goals in two minutes to tie the game. Potsdam got on the scoreboard with a goal from freshman midfielder Alec Miller (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville South) at 6:50. At the 4:50 mark, junior midfielder Josh Huiatt (Libson, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) unloaded from the left wing to beat Brockport freshman goalie John Felice (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y./Comsewogue). Sophomore attackman Liam O'Connor (Ossinging, N.Y./Ossinging) gave Golden Eagles their lead back before the conclusion of the quarter by sending a shot to the left corner of the goal with 4:03 to go. The Golden Eagles led 3-2 after one.Bears junior attackman Tayte Murray (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) tied the game at 6:25 of the second quarter after getting past his defender and scoring in close. After a low scoring quarter, the Bears took the lead going into halftime as they got a man-up goal from senior midfielder Kyle Smith (Theresa, N.Y./Indian River) with two minutes left. Felice committed the infraction and was replaced by senior goalie John Clancy (Mineola, N.Y./Miniola) until he allowed the goal. The Golden Eagles were unable to respond before the conclusion of the quarter as the Bears led 4-3 through 30 minutes.
The Golden Eagles tied the game with the third quarter's lone goal with 4:06 left. After a series of passes, sophomore attacker Patrick Sheridan (Rochester, N.Y./Churchville-Chilli) found the net a few feet away from the goal.
Sheridan made six saves in the final quarter to keep the game tied. O' Gorman finally put Potsdam up for good at 11:22 after scooping a low pass from Murray and scoring on a high shot. With strong ball control and Sheridan sharp, the Bears held the lead and the ball with 21 seconds go. However, the Golden Eagles forced a turnover and Patrick Sheridan had a chance to tie the game with about 10 seconds left. It wasn't meant to be, as Zach Sheridan deftly snatched the ball out of the air and fired it down field to seal the win.
Felice was the tough luck loser after allowing just 4 goals and making six saves in 59:29. Clancy allowed the one man-up goal in 31 seconds in net.
The Bears are back in action on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when they host No. 18 St. Lawrence University.