CANANDAIGUA -- The Finger Lakes Lacrosse team lost to Dean College on Wednesday in the NJCAA Region III Quarterfinals by the score of 16-9.
With the loss, Finger Lakes ends their season with a 13-4 record. The 13 victories marks a new school record for the Lakers. Dean advances to the regional semi-finals where they will face Genesee Community College on Saturday.
Matthew Hall had a team-high six points for Finger Lakes. He scored a goal and assisted on five others. Taylor Spike scored three goals and added two assists. Alex Stull added a pair of goals. Cody Richardson, Matt Youngs, and Austin Laine rounded out the scoring.
Finger Lakes got out to an early lead against the Bulldogs. They used a pair of illegal stick penalties to their advantage. Matthew Hall and Alex Stull each scored a man-up goal to give the Lakers a 3-1 lead halfway through the first. Dean closed the quarter on a run, however. They scored three goals in the final 3:31, including one with two seconds left to play, to tie the game and then take a 5-4 lead after one. Finger Lakes scored three goals in a 1:02 span in the second. Alex Stull scored and Taylor Spike tallied two for the quick burst, but that was all the scoring for the Lakers to close the half. Dean answered and took the lead back. The Bulldogs led 8-7 at halftime.
Dean opened the second with a pair of goals to grow the margin to three goals. Austin Laine cut into it, but Dean had an answer. Taylor Spike found the back of the net with 7:53 left to play in the third, but once again Dean answered to keep the margin at three goals. They grew their lead to four, and carried a 13-9 lead into the fourth quarter. Dean controlled the play in the fourth quarter. They outshot the Lakers 9-6. The Bulldogs found the back of the net three times and held the Lakers off the scoreboard as Dean defeated Finger Lakers 16-9.