NEW PALTZ — Freshman Mario Lavacca had his team-leading ninth goal, as SUNY New Paltz closed its season with a 2-1 victory over Keuka College on Saturday afternoon.
The (6-13) Hawks’ two seniors, Stephen Ferrara and John Baker figured largely in the outcome in their final collegiate contest.
Ferrara assisted on Lavacca’s goal, while Baker converted a penalty kick awarded just before halftime.
Nick Hurley made the game interesting for Keuka (8-6-1), with a goal in the 79th minute.
Freshman Michael Vaughan-Cherubin (4-1) made seven saves in 87 minutes to pick up the win for the Hawks, while Eric Carpenter (three saves) and Michael Mozzetti (two saves) each played a half in goal for the Warriors.
New Paltz, which had started the year 0-6, won five of its last nine matches, including its first victory at SUNYAC rival Cortland since 1972.
COLLEGIATE MEN’S SOCCER
New Paltz 2, Keuka 1
First Half: NP – John Baker (penalty kick) 44:21.
Second Half: NP – Mario Lavacca (Stephen Ferrara) 48:28; K – Nick Hurley (–) 78:10.
Shots on Goal: K 10, NP 9.
Corner Kicks: K 8, NP 8.
Goalie Saves: K (Eric Carpenter: 45 MIN, 3 SV, 4 SOG, 1 GA; Michael Mozzetti: 45 MIN, 2 SV, 5 SOG, 1 GA), NP (Michael Vaughan-Cherubin: 87 MIN, 7 SV, 9 SOG, 1 GA; Kevin Smith: 3 MIN, 1 SV, 1 SOG, 0 GA) 8.
Team Records: Keuka 8-6-1, New Paltz 6-13-0.