Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) scored with 17 seconds remaining in the game to lift the Alfred State lacrosse team to a 12-11 victory over Herkimer CCC in their 2012 season opener.
Alfred led the close contest most of the way. They led 3-1 after the 1st, 7-5 at halftime, and 9-8 after three. The Pioneers held a 11-9 lead only to see the Generals score twice to tie it up before Hart's game-winner.
Hart and Kyle Davis (Cortland/Homer) each scored three goals on the day to pace the offense while Chance Lowry (Waterloo) had two goals and an assist. Lance Elithorpe (Shaftsbury, VT) scored twice, Frank Martin (Whitney Point) had a goal and an assist, and Brad Zacher (Medina) found the back of the net once.
Brad Stowell (Marcellus) was solid in net recording 18 saves to record the victory.
The Pioneers open up the home portion of their season on Thursday when they host Niagara CCC at 4 p.m. at Pioneer Stadium.