The Armory used a six-goal third quarter on their way to a 12-8 win over the Buffaloes in Upstate Collegiate Box Lacrosse League action Wednesday at Segar & Sciortino Field at The Blue Cross Arena. With the win, the Rochester club tied for first place while improving to 2-1 on the season.
Armory forwards Casey McDermott (3+1), Rioux Johnson (2+1), Harrison Cross (2+0) and Jeremy Jacob (2+0) all ended the contest with multi-goal efforts, while forwards Luke Pilcher (1+1), Camden Hay (1+2) and Lars Stout (0+2) had multi-point nights. Forward Koichi Nakamura (1+0) added a goal to the scoresheet while forward Kody Gould (0+1) tallied an assist.
Goaltender William Dempsey got the win in the crease for the Armory, making 26 saves on 34 shots on goal.
Xavier Taylor led the Buffaloes offense as he recorded a pair of goals to go with an assist while Jack Anzalone (2+0), Drew Westmorland (1+1) and Liam Keane (0+2) all had two points in the loss. Henry Popko (1+0), Nathan Maloney (1+0) and Daniel Newton (1+0) rounded out the scoring as they scored one goal apiece.
Buffaloes goaltender Gage Stevens picked up an assist during the fourth quarter but suffered his second loss of the season as he stopped 32 of the 44 he faced.
To kick off the first quarter, the Armory struck for three straight goals to give them the lead that they ended up holding for the entirety of the contest. It wouldn’t be until later in the first frame, however, that the Buffaloes would begin to try and chip away, producing a power-play marker with 2:20 to go.
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The teams traded goals in the final minute of the opening quarter, giving the Armory a 4-2 advantage through 15 minutes.
With a combined seven penalties, the second frame was quiet on both sides of the floor as both teams only scored a goal apiece before heading into the half at 5-3 in favor of the Armory.
The start of the second half proved to be the turning point with the Armory took control to ultimately put the game out of reach.
For the entirety of the third quarter, the Armory held the Buffaloes silent as they went on a six-goal run, including back-to-back shorthanded tallies from McDermott to complete the hat trick, to make it a 10-3 score.
A three-goal run by the Buffaloes to begin the fourth quarter nearly cut the deficit in half, but the gap proved to be too much to overcome.
Each team scored twice more in the final minutes with the Armory prevailing for the 12-8 win.
The Upstate College Box Lacrosse League’s next game is slated for Wednesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. as the Armory and Hawkeyes face-off at Segar & Sciortino Field at The Blue Cross Arena.