By Mehmet Ozen, staff writer
The St. John Fisher men’s lacrosse team traveled to Florida during spring break for three games. The Cardinals went 2-1 in Clearwater that included a win over a 2016 NCAA tournament team in Emmanuel College and a heartbreaking loss against Clark University. Now the team looks ahead for an anticipated rivalry matchup with SUNY Brockport (1-2) on Thursday.
Brockport have won two of the past four years including a 16-9 victory over the Cardinals last season. Before that, Brockport had never defeated Fisher.
The Cardinals defeated Emmanuel in their season opener 12-7. Fisher junior TJ VanDeusen led the Cardinals with 4 goals while sophomore Zach Wagner added back to back goals and two assists.
The Cardinals then faced DeSales University and came up on top 11-5. Wagner had another big day leading the team with 4 goals. After leading at the half 9-2, Desales were able to battle back and make it a competitive contest. However, Fisher’s strong defense, particularly at the defensive middie position, was enough to earn the Cardinals a win.
The defense again stepped up big for the Cardinals in the third and final game over spring break, but the Clark offense was just enough to earn a 6-4 victory. It was a low scoring defensive game that made each goal that much more important. The Fisher offense hit several posts and had one crucial goal negated by a crease violation. Junior Andrew Rosso led the Cardinals with a pair of goals.
Senior goalie Tanner Swan finished the week with 26 saves and a 63.4 save percentage, which was enough to earn him Empire 8 Goalie of the Week. Wagner led the team in points for the week with seven goals and three assists while Rosso and VanDeusen each had five goals. Senior Nick Papayanakos additionally had four goals and two assists total.
The Cardinals now take their 2-1 record to the Pinnacle where they will face rival Brockport on Thursday at 1 p.m. The game was moved to the indoor facility in Victor due to the severe weather.