Comeback Comes Up Short at Utica

Ryan Mavretish (14) made a career-high 17 saves on Tuesday
Ryan Mavretish (14) made a career-high 17 saves on Tuesday

UTICA, N.Y. – The Keuka College Men's Lacrosse team scored six second half goals, but it was not enough as the Wolves lost to hosts Utica College 11-9 on Tuesday.

Keuka College (2-2) was once again led by freshman Craig Gerhardt. The Penn Yan native scored four goals and added a pair of assists. His six points sets a new career-high four games into his career. Matt Mahalick scored a pair of goals and added an assist. Freshman goalie Ryan Mavretish  turned away 17 shots in the loss.

Keuka College 9 at Utica College 11

Utica College took the early lead, but Andrew Burns scored less than a minute later. The Pioneers responded with three straight goals and led 4-2 after the first quarter. Utica outscored Keuka 3-1 in the second quarter and led 7-3 at the half. Keuka College came out of the break inspired and turned up the pressure. The Wolves outscored Utica 4-1 in the third, making it a one-goal game, 8-7, going to the final quarter. Gerhardt found the back of the net 55 seconds into the fourth to tie the game at 8-8. However Utica College scored three straight to reestablish their lead. The Wolves got a goal back late, but it was not enough as Utica College defeated Keuka College 11-9.

Tilted Field: Possession of the ball played a big role in the matchup between the Wolves and the Pioneers. Utica won 17 of 24 faceoffs to gain control of the ball. Keuka College also had 25 turnovers, 16 caused by Utica. The increased possessions for the Pioneers resulted in Utica outshooting Keuka 44-24.

KC Notes:

  • Utica College now holds a 5-3 series advantage over the Green and Gold
  • Craig Gerhardt continued his strong start to the season. It is his second straight games with four goals. He has recorded at least four points in every game this season
  • Dustin Springer collected three groundballs in the loss. He now has 134 for his career, tying Springer for 8th all-time
  • The 17 saves by Ryan Mavretish marks a new career-high for the freshman

Coming up for Keuka College: After a month away from home, Keuka College will return to the Jephson Community Athletic Complex on Saturday, March 25 as the Wolves host Oswego State at 1pm. Keuka College downed the Lakers in Oswego 7-5 last season, but Oswego State holds an 11-6 advantage overall in the series.