MARCY, N.Y. – The Wells College men's lacrosse team was toppled by the Wildcats from the SUNY Polytechnic Institute by a 14-9 score on Saturday. With the loss, Wells falls to 1-9 and to 0-4 against North Eastern Athletic Conference competition. SUNY Poly moves to 5-8 overall and to 3-2 within the league.
Junior Cody Roberson (Winston-Salem, N.C.), classmate Alex Milliken (Hilton, N.Y.), sophomore Aaron Heisey (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and sophomore Brian Buttner (Highland Mills, N.Y.) all potted two goals for Wells while sophomore Nicholas Lewis-Antwi (Bronx, N.Y.) added one goal. Milliken joined senior Connor Jansen (Horseheads, N.Y.) with one assist while sophomore Tanner Mingen (Houston, Texas) dished out two helpers.
SUNY Poly opened up a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, eventually building its lead to 4-1 through the opening 15 minutes. Back-to-back strikes from Buttner reduced the hosts lead to 4-3, but the Wildcats ultimately used a 5-0 scoring run from the end of the second half to the seven minute mark of the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Lewis-Antwi was the first of three-straight goals for the Express in the fourth quarter, but the early damage had been done. In total, SUNY Poly outshot the Express by a 53-to-28 margin and held advantages in ground balls (42-to-35) and face-off wins (14-to-13) while committing fewer turnovers (24-to-13).
Wells goalkeeper Elijah Tracey (Utica, N.Y.) posted a career-high 20 saves. R.J. Ferrucci made seven saves for SUNY Poly in his fifth goalkeeping victory of the year.
Wells returns to action Tuesday, Apr. 19 as it heads to Keuka College for a 4 p.m. road tilt with the Wolfpack.