Farmingdale State, 13
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State men's lacrosse team won their first game of the season today with an exciting 13-11 conference win over the visiting Manhattanville Valiants (3-1, 0-1). The Rams improved to 1-5 overall and 1-0 in the Skyline Conference with the victory.
Manhattanville opened up the scoring with an unassisted goal by sophomore Shannon Sturz (Pound Ridge, N.Y./Fox Lane) just 36 seconds into the first. Senior Ryan LaFlare (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) tied up the game with an unassisted goal of his own at the 12-minute mark. The Valiants found the back of the net twice more in the first as did the Rams and the first period would end with a tie score 3-3.
In the second, Farmingdale junior Chris Fiorenzo (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) connected on a feed from junior Joe Meola (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) on an extra-man opportunity for the 4-3 edge, but it was short lived as Manhattaville's Sturz tied the score again. The teams traded goals again, but two quick Farmingdale goals at the end of the second would give the Rams a 7-5 lead at halftime.
Farmingdale outscored the Valiants 3-2 in the third period and would take a 10-7 lead into the fourth. Manhattanville junior Mike Oswald (Floral Park, N.Y./Floral Park) scored on an extra-man opp just 31 seconds in, making it 10-8 and the Rams' LaFlare pushed the score back up to 11-8. Over the next seven minutes, the Valiants' sophomore Vin Menzenski (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown) reeled off three unassisted goals to tie the score at 11-11 with 5:43 remaining in the game.
Fiorenzo notched his second of the day and the eventual game-winner for Farmingdale State on a feed from LaFlare with 4:13 left to play and sophomore Kevin Sharkey (Bellmore, N.Y./Mepham) added an insurance goal with 2:10 on the clock.
Senior goalkeeper Kevin Winters (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) made 15 saves for the win, while freshman goalkeeper Andrew Predun (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made 18 saves in defeat for Manhattanville.
The Rams will host the College of Mount Saint Vincent on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. for their second conference game of the season.