Connecticut College 13, SUNY Plattsburgh 7 Kraft Explodes with Five Goals for Camels

Connecticut College 13, SUNY Plattsburgh 7 Kraft Explodes with Five Goals for Camels

RADNOR, Pa.--Sophomore midfielder Davis Kraft (Northborough, Mass.) scored five goals to lead the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to a 13-7 victory against SUNY Plattsburgh in a non-conference match up played at Cabrini College Wednesday.

The Camels improved their record to 1-5 with the victory. The Cardinals (4-3) had their four game winning streak snapped today in the Keystone State.

Junior attackman Max Luing (Ridgewood, N.J.) enjoyed a big day for the Camels, accounting for five points with four goals and an assist. Jeff Smith (Simsbury, Conn.) chipped in with a goal and two assists. Senior Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) continues to inch closer towards the 100 point barrier. Barton dished out four assists today and is just nine points away from reaching the century mark with 91 points on 71 goals and 20 assists.

Rookie face-off midfielder Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) was 10-for-23 in his battles at the X.  Sophomores Jake Bank (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Cormack Mulshine (Simsbury, Conn.) corralled five ground balls each to lead the Camels.

Junior Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) made nine of his 14 saves in the second half to help preserve the victory.

Freshman Ryan Hubbard (Aquebogue, N.Y.) scored three goals for the Cardinals in the setback. Junior Brendan Damm (Montauk, N.Y.) added two goals for SUNY Plattsburgh. Senior James Read (Miller Place, N.Y.) doled out four assists in the contest.

Junior Joey Cromer (Clifton Park, N.Y.) won 13-of-23 face-offs for the Cardinals while finishing with a game-best six ground balls.

Junior net-minder Matt Massaria (Floral Park, N.Y.) made 10 saves in the setback.

Hubbard put the Cardinals on top just 57 seconds into regulation, netting his seventh goal of the season with Read providing the assist. But the Camels ended the quarter with a 5-0 run to take command of the contest.  An unassisted marker from Luing with 10:12 remaining evened things up at 1-1.

The Camels scored their next three goals in a 43 second timeframe. John Cunningham (Cheshire, Conn.) found the back of the net with 8:21 remaining. Just 19 seconds later, sophomore Ross Thompson (Carmel, N.Y.) assisted Penn Sednaoui (Bedford, N.Y.) for a score that put the Camels on top 3-1.  

With 7:38 to play, Kraft scored in a man up situation to make it a 4-1 contest. With 4:55 to go, Barton assisted Kraft for another scored and the Camels enjoyed a 5-1 advantage after one.

But in the second quarter, the Cardinals mounted a 4-0 run to climb back into the contest. Hubbard scored twice during the rally and senior midfielder Cole Anderson (St. James, N.Y.) tallied the equalizer with 1:52 remaining in the half to even the game at five. However, the Camels regained the lead with just four seconds left in the half when Tucker Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) scored the eighth goal of his rookie season with Barton assisting to put Connecticut College on top 6-5 at the break.

The Camels scored the first seven goals of the second half to break the game wide open. Kraft scored the first two goals of the third quarter and then capped the rally with 10:57 remaining in the fourth quarter with his fifth marker of the day to make it a 13-5 game.

Plattsburgh had 31 shots in the second half but Bleistein did his part in the cage, coming up with five stops in the fourth quarter.  Connecticut College was able to close out the 13-7 win.

The Camels will visit Colby College Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game in Waterville, Maine