HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Mohawk Valley Community College men's lacrosse team gave local rival Herkimer County Community College its best shot on Tuesday, but it still wasn't enough as the Generals stayed undefeated all-time against the Hawks with an 11-6 win.
HCCC, ranked No. 3 in the country, was sitting four players due to violating team rules and missing two others due to injuries. Despite the depleted lineup Herkimer still led 4-0 after the first quarter, but MVCC only trailed 6-3 at halftime and the scoring chances were almost even with HCCC holding just a 15-11 advantage in shots on goal.
The Hawks cut it to 6-4 early in the third quarter, but Herkimer then used a 3-0 run to pull away, dominating the quarter with 12 shots on goal to just two for MVCC. HCCC finished with a 30-15 edge in shots on goal, and the score could have been very lopsided if not for an outstanding performance by MVCC goalie Rick Harter, a Whitesboro native who was a backup for Herkimer last season and transferred in order to get a starting job.
Herkimer, which improves to 7-1 with seven straight wins, now prepares for an even bigger rival: top-ranked Onondaga Saturday at home at 3:00. HCCC defeated Onondaga in last year's regular-season meeting to snap the Lazers' 42-game winning streak, but Onondaga has won six of the last seven meetings overall including four straight Region III championship matchups. Herkimer had won 21 straight titles before the Lazers' current streak.
MVCC, which drops to 3-2, next faces Tompkins-Cortland Thursday at home; time is listed as TBA.