Hudson Valley Suffers First Loss of the Season to No. 7 Ocean

CONTACT: Lawrence Snyder, (518) 629-7898,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday March 21, 2017

The Hudson Valley Community College lacrosse (1-1) team lost a tight game against 7th ranked Ocean County College (3-1) 10-9 on Tuesday evening.

After finding themselves at a 4-0 deficit in the first quarter, Hudson Valley hit their stride when Mark Calicchia (Shaker/Loudonville) scored on a high to low rip down the right side of the field. Shortly after, Josh Moseman (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa) found his high school teammate Neil Swingruber (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa) to pull within two. Ocean responded with a quick goal only nine seconds later off of a fast break from the faceoff. Calicchia answered with his second goal with only 1:41 remained on the clock.

Between the first and second quarter, Hudson Valley suffered a three minute unreleasable illegal stick penalty and started the quarter down a man. Swingruber helped himself to a shorthanded goal assisted by Captain Chris Breault (Agawam/Agawam,MA) before the Vikings allowed another goal prior to the end of the penalty. Ocean added one more tally and the teams went into halftime with a score of 7-4.

Ocean scored during the opening minutes of the second half, increasing their lead to three. Minutes later, Hudson Valley tallied their first of the half with a man up goal off of an unselfish look from Swingruber to Aaron Thorpe (Ballston Spa/Malta) across the crease. The quarter ended with a goal by Josh Moseman (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa) from Swingruber in the closing seconds.

Hudson Valley didn't let a minute tick off the clock before Breault found Thorpe streaking across the crease for a highlight reel goal. Ocean quickly answered with a goal of their own, but Swingruber fired right back. With 7:37 remaining Ocean was up over the Vikings 10-8. It looked like Hudson Valley was running out of time when Breault again assisted Swingruber for his fifth goal of the evening.

Ocean won the ensuing faceoff and pressure from the Vikings forced them into a timeout. Hudson Valley came out with their double team defense, took the ball away from Ocean and headed the other way for a chance to tie the game. The Vikings mounted their final attack on the cage when they were called for playing without a stick and gave the ball back to Ocean with only 10 seconds left in regulation. Ocean County College was able to hold the ball escaping with a 10-9 victory. Goalie Jahn Skinner-Ligon (Shenendehowa/Clifton Park) registered 20 saves on the day.

"Obviously we're disappointed with the result, but we're very proud of the way the boys played," said Head Coach Matt Johnson. "But it just goes to show that we can compete with some of the best teams in the country, so we're looking forward to the next game."

Hudson Valley will play Jefferson on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.