Wildcats Win Season Opener at Houghton, 18-4
While the winter weather has kept the Cazenovia Men's Lacrosse team from practicing on Christakos Field, the Wildcats could not be stopped in a match up at Houghton College to open the 2014 lacrosse season.
The Wildcats opened the game with three goals that patterned teamwork and a knack for putting the ball in the net. Sophomore Kyle Kingsley broke a scoreless tie with his first goal of the season off of an assist by freshman Brandon Maxson. Three minutes later, Maxson scored his first career collegiate goal with an assist from freshman Eric Hanover. To keep with the trend of the assist-man getting his chance to fire, Hanover scored four minutes later off of an assist by sophomore Joe Delia. Following a Houghton goal, Kingsley found the back of the net unassisted with 38 seconds remaining in the period to bring the score to 4-1.
In the second period Delia found Hanover for his second career goal. Hanover would then find Kingsley 2 minutes later for his second assist of the game. Kingsley returned the favor for Hanover seconds later, assisting on the freshman's second goal of the game. Freshman Casey Dailey earned his first career assist when he found senior goal scorer Vincent Halsey with 9 minutes left in the period, bringing the Wildcats ahead 8-1. Following another Hanover goal, Halsey took it home unassisted for his second goal of the season, giving the Wildcats a 10-1 lead. In the final two minutes of the second period, Maxson found Kingsley not once, but twice, as Cazenovia brought a 12-1 lead in to the half, outshooting the Highlander 32-10.
Joe Delia took over the first five minutes of the second half, scoring two goals and dishing out an assist to extend the Wildcats lead to 12. Houghton's Sean Daigler scored his second unassisted goal to bring the score to 13-2; however Maxson answered with a goal off of an assist by freshman Zach House, his first career assist.
In the final period, Daigler scored his fourth goal of the game but the individual effort was not enough as Halsey and senior captain Mike Karderinis scored to extend Cazenovia's lead to the eventual final score of 18-4.
With the game in hand from the beginning, senior captain Pat Boyle's efforts in goal did not go unnoticed as he earned the win by stopping ten Houghton shots. The Wildcats led Houghton in groundballs 52-43 behind the efforts of senior captain Wes Lawrence (5) and freshman Ben Wilson (4). Cazenovia face off duties were split between Brady Mitchell-Lazore, Josh McRae, Zach House and Jon Knickerbocker who combined to win 16 out of 25.
The win brings Cazenovia to 1-0 on the young season as Houghton falls to 0-2.