The seventh-ranked Genesee Community College men's lacrosse team rallied after facing as much as a five-goal deficit in the second half against No. 3 Nassau Community College on Saturday afternoon, getting to within one in the closing minutes but ultimately falling short.
Nassau scored just 30-seconds into the game to take the lead and went up 2-0 less than five minutes into the first quarter.
The Lions extended their lead back to two goals late in the quarter before Chris Lommer ended the first with a goal for Genesee to make it 4-3.
Gray scored again in the second quarter after a NCC goal, but the Lions finished the half with the final goal and led 6-4 at the break.
The Lions came out of the half and scored three straight goals to take a 9-4 lead just five minutes into the second.
Gray broke the scoreless drought for GCC with a man-up goal to get the Cougars to within 9-5, and then Lommer added his second and Tyler Skowronski scored with two-seconds left on a man-up advantage to get Genesee to within two with 2:20 left in the third.
The Cougars successfully killed off a two-man penalty to end the third quarter and trailed 9-7 heading into the fourth.
Dana Ray set up Gray early in the final frame to cut the Nassau lead down to one, but the Lions quickly responded and scored just over a minute later to regain a two-goal lead.
Dave Ellsworth then scored for the Cougars to make it 10-9 with 9:20 to go, but both teams went scoreless for nearly seven minutes before Nassau added an insurance goal with 2:44 remaining.
Tyler Godfrey kept GCC in it with a goal off of an assist from Lommer with 1:40 left, but Nassau iced the game with a goal with 51-seconds left and defeated Genesee, 12-10.
Lommer had two goals and two assists and Ray finished with two assists.
Craig Seneca made 14 saves in net.
Genesee falls to 6-4 on the season and the Cougars will return to action next Saturday at home against Cayuga Community College.