By Alex Pagliano
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – It took eight days to complete, but the Finger Lakes Community College men's lacrosse team could not complete the comeback at Monroe Community College, falling in thrilling fashion, 13-11. The Lakers fall to 11-7 on the season, while the Tribunes move to 7-6.
Prior to inclement weather rolling in on April 10, the Tribunes jumped out to an early opening quarter lead. Ethan Printy and Torry Whitcher scored back-to-back goals to give the Tribunes an early 2-0 lead, but Jake Smith would answer with two seconds left in the quarter to reduce the Tribunes lead to 2-1 entering the second quarter.
The original contest would be postponed at the 9:05 mark in the second quarter, but prior to the stoppage in play, the two teams would combine for three goals. Sean Biggie and Whitcher would convert for the Tribunes, while Jack Timerson would add a tally in between the two Tribune goals to marginalize the deficit to 4-2.
In the resumption of the second quarter, neither team found the back of the net. The Tribunes maintained their original 4-2 lead at the half.
Monroe Community College led 8-3 midway through the third quarter, but a flurry of goals from Parker Weeks, Joshua Spence, and Thomas Loudon cut the deficit to just two goals. After a Tribune goal, Weeks would complete his hat trick by scoring twice more to end the third. The Tribunes led 9-8 at the conclusion of the third quarter.
Within 26 seconds of the start of the fourth quarter, Timerson capitalized on a beautiful feed from Robert Pelkey to knot the game at 9-9. Monroe Community College would answer back, scoring the contest's next three goals, as Tyler Martin capped off his hat trick in conjunction with two Kori Halftown tallies. The Lakers would come back, as Weeks and Timerson would score to cut the deficit to only one goal with 2:16 remaining.
The Lakers had an excellent opportunity to tie the game with 35 seconds remaining. Halftown took a cross-checking penalty with 35 seconds remaining to give the Lakers the man-up opportunity for the remainder of the contest. Timerson fired a shot that caught part of the crossbar with just under 30 seconds to play, but it trickled wide. Pelkey attempted to restart the offense with just over 15 seconds left, but Monroe Community College goalie Alex Howell intercepted the pass, and sent a pass the length of the field to teammate Tyler Martin who would ice the game with seven seconds left.
The Lakers will travel to Batavia, N.Y. on Saturday to square off with No. 2 Genesee Community College. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 7p.m.