Davenport Drops #7 Briarcliffe; Falls to #13 SCAD
Davenport opened the weekend with a win against seventh-ranked Briarcliffe. The Panthers held off a late rally by the Bulldogs for a 8-7 win. In the second game of the weekend, Davenport came back from two down late in the third to tie the game but a late goal from SCAD gave the Bees a one goal advantage. A SCAD goal with a second left sealed the loss for the Panthers.
HOLBROOK, N.Y. – Davenport hung on for a 8-7 win Friday night against #7 Briarcliffe. The Panthers overcame a three goal deficit just 2:07 into the game and playing in a hostile environment for the win.
To say the Panthers didn’t get off to the start they wanted would be an understatement. The Bulldogs of Briarcliffe jumped out to a three goal lead just over two minutes into game. The Panthers responded with a pair of quick unassisted goals by Lyle Parks and Jordan Richtsmeier to cut the lead to one. After another Briarcliffe goal, Chapin White scored with seven seconds remaining in the quarter off a pass from Taylor Keyworth to bring the Panthers within one.
White scored his second goal of the game four minutes into the second period after a pass from Richtsmeier to even up the game. But once again the Bulldogs wouldn’t give in and scored to retake the lead with 9:27 left in the half. Three minutes later, Kyle Anguilm scored his second goal of the season to send the game into the half tied at 5-5.
Davenport controlled the first several minutes of the third quarter. Dominic Boggiano gave the Panthers their first lead when he scored off a pass from Kyle Healy. Five minutes later, Lyle Parks scored a man up goal off a feed from Richtsmeier to push the Panthers lead to two. Nathaniel Adkins then found Boggiano who netted what turned out to be the game winning goal with 4:52 left in the third.
Briarcliffe scored one goal near the end of the third and another halfway through the fourth quarter to close within one. With a couple minutes left in the fourth, the Panthers turned the ball over in the Bulldogs end giving them another chance. But Davenport held off Briarcliffe and overcame a late penalty that put Davenport a man down for the last thirty seconds of the game.
Alexis Buque allowed seven goals and made eight saves in the win to improve to 3-2 on the season. After allowing three goals in the opening two minutes, the Panthers defense held Briarcliffe to four goals over the last 57:53.
HOLBROOK, N.Y. – The Davenport defense did their job holding SCAD to just seven goals but the Panther offense struggled on the day scoring only five goals. The five goals is the lowest output for Davenport since last spring when they scored five at Grand Valley State during the regular season. With the loss, Davenport falls to 8-4 on the season.
Both teams got off to slow starts offensively. Cody Cross got the Panthers on the board first with a goal off a pass from Dominic Boggiano just under 10 minutes into the first quarter. But it was SCAD who would hold the lead after the first when the Bees scored two goals in the final 3:07 of the opening quarter to take a 2-1 lead.
The back-and-forth game continued in the second. The Panthers retook the lead with two goals in the first two minutes. The Panther goals came from Boggiano and Cross. But the Bees came right back with a pair of goals to give the Panthers a 3-4 deficit at the half.
SCAD scored their third consecutive goal two-thirds the way through the third quarter to take a two goal lead. Dominic Boggiano scored his second goal of the day near the end of the third to cut the lead to one and Cody Cross scored his third goal early in the fourth to tie the game at five.
With the game tied, SCAD retook the lead with 5:32 remaining in the fourth. The Panthers had a couple opportunities to score late but weren’t able to convert. A late penalty put the Panthers a man down and led to a SCAD goal with one second left.
Zachary Higgins was in net for the Panthers making 11 saves and allowing seven goals as his record fell to 4-2 on the season. Cody Cross and Dominic Boggiano scored the only goals for the Panthers as they had three and two respectively.
Davenport will be in action again next Saturday when they take on #2 Grand Valley State in Lowell, Mich. at 7:30 PM. This game marks the beginning of three straight conference games to close out the regular season for the Panthers.