Swingruber Nets Six in Vikings Second Win

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday March 25, 2017

The Hudson Valley Community College lacrosse (2-1) team defeated Jefferson Community College (0-1) 12-3 on Saturday evening.

Jefferson started out hot, taking a 2-0 lead halfway through the first quarter. The Vikings hit their stride shortly after and began what ultimately became a 10-0 run. Josh Moseman (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa) started the run with a selfless look to find Austin Hinderliter (Johnstown/Ephratah) on the backside for the first Vikings goal of the game. Neil Swingruber (Ballston Spa/Ballston Spa) scored his first of the night with an assist from Chris Breault (Agawam/Agawam, MA) tying the game at two. The quarter ended with an impressive dodge from Aaron Thorpe (Ballston Spa/Malta) as he beat a double team to score a diving goal across the crease.

It was the man-up unit of Hudson Valley that built on their lead in the second quarter. Moseman assisted Swingruber three minutes into the quarter extending the lead to two. Halfway through the quarter, Moseman threaded the needle through the crease to his high school teammate Thorpe. On another man-up in the final minutes of the quarter, Moseman again found Swingruber who stung the near side corner on a low to high shot. The Vikings went into halftime with a four-goal lead.

It was a five-minute flurry in the third quarter that solidified the Viking victory. Swingruber found the net first in the second half, on a textbook draw and dump from midfielder Trae Dussault (Saratoga Springs/Saratoga Springs). Midfielder Mark Calicchia (Shaker/Loudonville) got in on the action with a shorthanded low to low rip on the run to make the score 8-2. Swingruber managed to find the net two more times, one assisted by Moseman and one unassisted to finish out the quarter ahead 10-2. Moseman finished with five assists on the day.

"The coaches spent a lot of time talking about spacing this week," said Moseman. "My teammates found soft spots in the defense and I was able to set them up for good finishes."

Jefferson managed to sneak their final goal by goalie Jahn Skinner-Ligon (Shenendehowa/Clifton Park) off of a deflection with seven minutes remaining in the game. Minutes later, Thorpe found the net again on a diving inside roll for a hat-trick. On the ensuing faceoff, it was Ryan Adamczak (Guilderland/ Guilderland) who initiated a fast break, finding Thorpe for his fourth and final goal. Skinner-Ligon finished the game with 12 saves before being replaced by Cesar Lamb-Tavarez (Benjamin Cordozo/ Queens Village), who recorded his first two career saves.

"The boys were flying around out there on defense and made it tough for Jefferson to get good looks," said Skinner-Ligon. "They made my job easy today."

The men host Tompkins Cortland for their home opener on Wednesday at 6:00 pm.