ONEONTA — James Lennon fired home the game-winning goal early in the third overtime period, and the Oswego State men's lacrosse team defeated host Oneonta 9-8 on Saturday.
Lennon's winner came 49 seconds into the third OT.
The Lakers (1-1 SUNY Athletic Conference, 4-6 overall) led 6-2 in the third quarter before the Red Dragons rallied.
The Dragons (0-2 SUNYAC, 4-6 overall) tied the score at 8-8 with 4.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
Lennon finished with three goals for the Lakers, and Ryan Jelen scored twice. Tyler Nason, Jarrod Wilkom, Zach Anderson, and Bobby Emerson had one goal apiece in the win.
Getting assists were Mark Frega (2), Jelen (2), Luke Krizman, Emerson, Nason, and Wilkom.
Wyatt Russo was strong in goal for Oswego State, making 15 saves.
Nathan Doody had four goals for Oneonta. Taylor Kalbacher and Connor Coyle fired in two goals each. Goalie Ryan Adler recorded seven saves.
Anderson had the lone goal in the first quarter, giving the Lakers a 1-0 lead.
Wilkom, Jelen, and Lennon scored in the second quarter, and Oswego State had a 4-2 advantage at halftime.
The Lakers were up 6-2 after Nason and Lennon scored in the third quarter.
Doody answered for the Hawks by scoring three goals in a two-minute span late in the third quarter, cutting the Lakers' advantage to 6-5.
Kalbacher tied the game 6-6 with a marker early in the fourth quarter, but Jelen gave the Lakers the lead back 23 seconds later with a man-up goal.
Emerson added to the Oswego State lead with 9:36 left in the fourth quarter, making it 8-6.
Doody's fourth goal of the game pulled Oneonta within one, and Coyle completed the Oneonta comeback with 4.3 seconds left to force overtime.
Russo made four saves through the first two overtime periods for the Lakers.
In the third OT, Oswego native Chase Izyk won the opening faceoff. The Lakers worked the ball around the perimeter. Lennon got the ball and attacked the net, dodging a defender before ripping a shot into the lower right corner of the net to end the game.
Oneonta outshot the Lakers, 42-27. The Lakers won 29 ground balls. The Dragons won 26.
The Lakers continue conference play at 4 p.m. Wednesday as they host Cortland at Laker Turf Stadium.