The Alfred State lacrosse team fell behind early but rallied to tie their contest with Broome CC at 8-8 late in the 3rd quarter but the Hornets scored the next four goals and held off the Pioneers attempts to rally to stay alive for the postseason with a 12-10 victory. The Pioneers are now 6-9 overall (5-8 Region III) heading into their season finale on Saturday while BCC improves to 7-8 (6-7 RIII).
Broome led 3-1 after the 1st quarter and 6-4 at halftime. The Pioneers tied the game at 8-8 with 3:04 remaining in the 3rd quarter on a goal by Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) but the Hornets took back the lead with a goal with 1:54 remaining in the quarter by Josh Kilts and scored the first three goals of the 4th quarter in the first five minutes to take a four-goal lead. The blue & gold tallied goals by Frank Martin (Whitney Point) and Lance Elithorpe (Shaftsbury, VT) to cut it to 12-10 with 5:54 remaining but the Hornets kept Alfred off the board the rest of the way including during three man-up opportunities.
Hart led the way for the Pioneers with three goals and two assists while Elithorpe recorded a hat trick. Aaron Koskowski (East Aurora) had two goals, Danny Weimer (Derby/Lake Shore) and Martin each had a goal, and Brad Zacher (Medina) had two assists. Chance Lowry (Waterloo) also picked up one assist.
In net, Brad Stowell (Marcellus) made 19 saves for the Pioneers.
Alfred hosts Hudson Valley CC on Saturday in their 2012 finale. Opening faceoff is at 1 p.m.