By Alex Pagliano
DRYDEN, N.Y. -- The Finger Lakes Community College men's lacrosse team earned their third consecutive victory on Monday, defeating Tompkins Cortland Community College 19-5. The streak marks only the third occasion that the Lakers have won three or more consecutive games since the 2000 season.
The (5-6, 2-1) Lakers were led offensively by sophomore Jack Timerson, who posted his third consecutive game with at least eight points. In addition to doling out four assists, Timerson expanded on his NJCAA lead in goals scored with another five tallies. On the season, the Newark, N.Y. native has posted 43 goals.
In addition to Timerson's efforts, fellow teammate Robert Pelkey recorded seven points on the afternoon with five goals and two assists. Pelkey ranks second on the team in goals and points with 31 and 44 respectively.
Brandon Grace continued his success at the faceoff X, winning 13-of-23 chances. The midfielder has won more than two thirds of his draw attempts this season, and ranks third amongst NJCAA competitors with 67 faceoffs won. Freshman Daniel Johnson also added a 3-of-4 performance from within the circle.
Mike Hartnett recorded two goals for the Panthers. Lon Palmer also added a goal and an assist.
Immediately following the opening faceoff, Finger Lakes Community College began to exert their offensive will. With just 34 seconds of regulation time expiring, Parker Weeks tallied the first Lakers goal. The tally would be an indicator of things to come for the Lakers, as Weeks, Timerson, Pelkey, Albert Thompson, and Thomas Loudon added the game's next five goals. After a Tompkins Cortland Community College goal, Thompson and Joshua Spence would each add a goal, giving the Lakers an 8-1 opening quarter advantage.
The second quarter saw a flurry of goals from both teams. Pelkey and Timerson would score the quarter's opening goals at 13:42 and 13:34 respectively. The Panthers would respond by scoring three of the game's next four goals, but goals from Timerson and Pelkey to close out the half would send the Lakers into the second half with a 13-5 lead.
The Lakers posted the game's six remaining goals in the second half, while holding the Panthers scoreless. The defensive pressure in the midfield forced Tompkins Cortland Community College into turnovers on 4-of-8 clear attempts in the second half.
John Perrucci made 10 saves in 51:00 minutes of action to earn his fifth victory of the season. Perrucci leads the NJCAA with 158 saves in 11 games played.
Zach Brown made 26 saves for (1-5, 1-1) Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Finger Lakes Community College will travel to Alfred, N.Y. on Wednesday to face Alfred State College. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 4p.m.