Cougars can't shake slow start, fall to Delhi

The no. 2 Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team suffered its first setback on Saturday afternoon, falling to SUNY Delhi at home, 8-7. 

The Broncos took the lead just over a minute into the first quarter and went on to score the first five goals of the game, including one with the man advantage, to take a 5-0 lead after one. 

Genesee broke through early in the second when Tyler Skowronski beat the Delhi keeper to get the Cougars to within 5-1. After a missed opportunity with the man advantage, Nick Gray cut the deficit to three with a goal at the 10:56 mark. GCC had three more man-up chances in the quarter, but the Cougars could not convert. Delhi went up 6-2 before Gray closed out the first half scoring with two more goals less than a minute apart to get Genesee to within 6-4 at the half. 

Gray netted his fourth goal of the game early in the third quarter with the Cougars on the man-up advantage to get GCC to within one at 6-5. The Cougars successfully killed three penalties in the quarter, including a two-man situation, but the Broncos scored late in the third to take a 7-5 lead going into the fourth. 

Joshua Wester got GCC to within 7-6 with a goal at the 8:15 mark, but penalties proved costly down the stretch for the Cougars. Genesee took four penalties in the final five minutes of the game and Delhi capitalized with an insurance goal on a two-man advantage to take an 8-6 lead. Pete DiLaura scored as time expired for GCC, but the Cougars fell for the first time in the month of March in two seasons.

Genesee (1-1) will return to action on Thursday on the road at Howard Community College.