By Robert Kells, Staff Writer
The St. John Fisher lacrosse team earned back to back wins over the Brockport Golden Eagles and the Oswego Lakers in the first two games of its three straight matchups with a SUNYAC opponent. With the wins, the Cardinals improve to 4-1 on the year.
Winter Storm Stella forced Fisher to move its game against Brockport to the Pinnacle Athletic Complex in Victor, NY on March 16. Despite being in an unfamiliar environment, the Cardinals were still able to secure a 10-9 victory over the Golden Eagles.
The Cardinals got off to a fast start behind back to back goals by junior Andrew Rosso. Both goals came on the extra man opportunity, and were assisted by sophomore Glenn Roschetzky. Senior Drew Brown then quickly found the back of the net, with Rosso assisting on another extra man opportunity to move the score to 3-0.
Each team traded goals before halftime to bring the score to 6-3 at the break. Brockport stormed back in the second half, scoring four unanswered goals to knot the game at 8-8 with nine minutes to be played in the game.
Senior Nick Papyanakos then took matters into his own hands, tallying an extra-man opportunity goal with 5:56 left to be played before Brockport would strike again to even the game at 9-9. However, Papyanakos could not be denied, scoring the game winner with 0:27 seconds remaining to edge out Brockport 10-9. Papyanakos led all goal scorers with four, while senior goaltender Tanner Swan made 16 saves between the pipes for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals then shifted focus to their next SUNYAC opponent, the Oswego Lakers. Fisher was able to play this game at Growney Stadium on March 19, one day later than originally scheduled.
Fisher trailed 2-1 at the end of the first period, with the lone goal coming from Roschetzky. The Cardinals then tallied two more goals in the second half, with Papyanakos scoring on an extra man opportunity to tie the game at 2-2. Sophomore Danny Turck scored next for the Cardinals to tie the game at 3-3 before half. The goal was Turck’s first of the season.
Fisher used a big third quarter to gain the advantage in the late stages of the game. Sophomore Zach Wagner buried his eighth goal of the season to kick start the scoring for the Cardinals. Brown then scored three straight for the Cardinals, pushing the score to 7-5 in favor of Fisher.
Papyanakos was the final goal scorer of the day for Fisher as he found the back of the net for the tenth time this season. The game stood at 8-5 before Oswego would score the last two goals of the game, but it was not enough as Fisher escaped with an 8-7 victory. Swan recorded a career high 18 saves and Zak Bussey caused five turnovers to help hold off the Laker offense.
The Cardinals will face its third straight SUNYAC opponent as the 3-0 Geneseo Knights will come to Growney Stadium on Wednesday at 4 p.m.