Morrisville State men drop triple overtime heartbreaker in Oswego

Morrisville State men drop triple overtime heartbreaker in Oswego

OSWEGO, N.Y. – SUNY Oswego outlasted visiting Morrisville State College (0-2) men's lacrosse through three overtime periods to collect a 10-9 non-conference victory over the Mustangs Monday afternoon in frigid weather in Oswego.

Oswego (2-2) stormed back from an 8-5 deficit after three quarters to notch four goals in the fourth and force the overtime period, able to pick up the win with just over a minute remaining in the third required extra frame.

Freshman Chris Dovi (Cortland, N.Y.) notched the first score of the afternoon, putting away the feed from Logan Peters (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) for the 1-0 Morrisville State lead less than five minutes into the opening quarter.

After an Oswego score tied it at one at 8:27, Morrisville State rallied for three straight, including two within 13 seconds, for the 4-1 lead after the first quarter. Mike Ready (Lafayette, N.Y.) regained the lead for the Mustangs, posting the goal off the pass from Brad Biggs (Tully, N.Y.), before Shawn Walberger (Fulton, N.Y.) collected his own face-off ground ball and went down the center of the field for the unassisted score a mere 13 seconds later.

Nick Geswaldo (Lafayette, N.Y.) extended the lead to three with 1:54 to go in the quarter, registering the extra man goal.

Nearly scoreless for 13 minutes, Oswego was able to get one back at 10:38 in the second to cut the lead in half, but Morrisville State's Biggs and Geswaldo each added a goal midway through the quarter to give the Mustangs a four goal advantage.

Oswego added a final score of the half with 5:06 remaining in the second quarter, and trailed 3-6 at the break.

In the third, both teams traded scores, netting two apiece, heading into the final quarter with an 8-5 Morrisville State advantage.

Oswego capitalized on an early Mustang penalty at 12:21 in the fourth to cut the lead to two, before adding another with just under five to go to make it an 8-7 battle, in favor of the visitors.

Kyle Shannon (Stanhope, N.J.) scored his second of the contest with 3:36 to go for the 9-7 Morrisville State lead, but Oswego quickly countered and again made it a one-goal game with 2:14 showing on the clock.

Morrisville State was whistled for a costly slashing penalty with 20 seconds to go, and the Lakers capitalized for their third man-up tally of the day just 11 seconds into the penalty, evening the score at nine and forcing overtime.

The Mustangs had a chance early to put the game away in the first overtime period, but it was turned away by Oswego goalkeeper Harrison Levy, before the Lakers made an attempt of their own, only to be denied by Tyler Catalfano (Rochester, N.Y.).

Levy finished with 11 stops for the Lakers.

Catalfano again made a big stop for Morrisville State with 1:06 remaining in the second overtime period, but the Mustangs couldn't convert on the offensive end as they would need a third overtime period.

In the third extra frame, Catalfano posted three straight saves to keep the Mustangs in the game, but a turnover on the clear attempt gave the hosts the advantage and they were able to notch the game winner with 1:11 left.

Dovi, Shannon and Geswaldo each finished with two goals apiece, as Dovi added two assists for the four point outing.

Catalfano collected 23 saves in the loss, eight of which came in the final quarter of regulation, as Oswego held the 48-29 advantage over the Mustangs in shots on the afternoon.

Morrisville State returns to the field Tuesday, March 21, traveling to SUNY Cortland for a non-league match up in Cortland.

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