POTSDAM, N.Y.—Junior forward Brandon Laurin (Chazy, N.Y./Chazy) scored two goals as the SUNY Potsdam men's soccer team (4-0-1) defeated the Rochester Institute of Technology (2-2) 2-1 to capture the 2016 Potsdam College Cup Title. Senior goalie Nick Davies (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) stopped three shots to earn his 20th career victory. The win snaps a five-game winless streak against the Tigers (0-4-1) and is the first victory in the series since Oct. 8, 1966. Junior captain Chris Schrum (Manhattan, N.Y./Millennium) was named tournament most valuable player. Laurin, junior defender Matthew Wagner (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) and freshman defender Josh Eisler (Commack, N.Y./Commack) joined him on the all-tournament team.
Kings College (1-3) notched its first win of the year in the consolation game as sophomore forward Chris Galeano (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) and senior forward Brian Fenster (Bohemia, N.Y./Connetquot) each scored to give the Monarchs a 2-0 win over Mount Saint Mary College (1-4).
In the championship, the first half featured deliberate play from both teams resulting in few shots and a few balanced scoring opportunities. The first great chance of the contest came off a direct kick outside the box at 11:05. The ball found Bears junior defender Spencer Johnston (Valatie, N.Y./Hudson Valley C.C.) and he drove it toward the upper right corner to his left. However, Tigers sophomore goalie Peter Cinibulk (Bellbrook, Ohio/Bellbrook) dove to his left and deflected the ball wide. Nearly 12 minutes later, RIT freshman Simon Garno (Hilton, N.Y./Hilton) lofted a corner kick into the box and senior captain Scott Fishel (Schenectady, N.Y./Schenectady) headed it on goal. Davies was too far to the left, but a Bears defender made a team save to keep the game scoreless. At 26:21, Laurin broke free at the right side of the net and was robbed by Cinibulk at point blank range. The teams headed into the break scoreless with five shots apiece.
Potsdam finally got on the board in the 52nd minute. Senior midfielder Patrick Mylod (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) fed Laurin at the top of the RIT box. Laurin spun around in a complete circle and beat Cinibulk to make it 1-0 at 51:24. The Tigers turned up their aggressiveness after the goal and it paid off. Sophomore defender Cam Shipley (Rochester, N.Y./Churchville-Chili) launched a long throw-in into the box and junior defender Scott Geyer (Douglassville Pa./Daniel Boone) charged in to head the ball past Davies and tie the game at 56:47. RIT held the edge in play for the next few minutes, but wasn't able to take the lead. The physical play picked up in the tied contest. The teams traded numerous hard fouls and three yellow cards in the second half alone. Finally, in the 78th minute, the Bears pushed the ball up the left side of the field. Junior captain Chris Schrum (Manhattan, N.Y./Millennium) ripped a shot that Cinibulk caught, but couldn't hang on to. The ball rolled to the goal line and Laurin beat him to the ball by less than a second to bury the game-winner. Potsdam's defense didn't allow another shot in the final 12:40.
Cinibulk finished with four saves. RIT edged the Bears 10-9 in shots and 5-4 in corner kicks.
King's College - Mount Saint Mary College Box Score
In the consolation, King's held the edge in play for most of the contest and capitalized on the its best opportunities. Just 6:37 into the contest, Monarchs sophomore forward Steven Valencia (Palmira, Colombia/East Chapel Hill) pushed the ball ahead to Galeano. Mount Saint Mary senior goalie Tyler Biscone (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) came out to challenge, but Galeano stepped around him and deposited the ball in the net. In the second half, at the 61:23 mark, after King's sophomore forward Jonathan Nixon (Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsberg) made an impressive effort to carry the ball up field, Fenster gave the Monarchs insurance. He picked up the ball in the left corner, dribbled around two defenders and beat Biscone with a low shot on the left side.
Biscone finished with five saves and King's sophomore goalie Owen Geedey (Gap, Pa./Pequea Valley) stopped three shots for the shutout.
2016 Potsdam College Cup All-Tournament Team
Chris Schrum – Potsdam --- MVP
Brandon Laurin – Potsdam
Matthew Wagner – Potsdam
Josh Eisler – Potsdam
Brendan Raab – King's College
Chris Galeano – King's College
Tyler Biscone – Mount Saint Mary
Joey Dolan – Mount Saint Mary
Scott Geyer – RIT
Cam Shipley – RIT
Will Schiesswohl – RIT