January 12, 2008


Fourth straight Dragons triumph


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Red Dragon goalie Mike MIstretta takes a puck off his facemask with Seth McQuad attacking the crease. Cortland skated to 8-4 victory at Alumni Arena.

After going scoreless in the opening period, SUNY Cortland got untracked and breezed to a fourth consecutive hockey victory.
Four goals in both the second and third periods enabled the Red Dragons to pull away from visiting Plymouth State for an 8-4 victory in Friday’s non-conference clash at Alumni Arena.
With the win, the Red Dragons improved to 7-8-1, while the Panthers fell to 4-5-2. The same two teams meet back at Alumni Arena this afternoon at 3 p.m.
Junior Nick Catanzaro led Cortland with two goals and two assists. Freshman Jarrett Gold, who has nine points in his last three games including a hat trick in a 6-1 win over Lebanon Valley on Tuesday, contributed two goals and an assist.
Coach Joe Baldarotta’s squad also got goals from freshman Graham Fallon, senior Barry McLaughlin, freshman Brent Fallon and frosh Greg Haney. Sophomore forward Patrick Palmisano registered a career-high four assists, while junior Mike Maier and sophomore Craig Cole collected two assists each.
Junior goalie Mike Mistretta started in net for the Red Dragons and made 16 saves into the third period before giving way to senior Jon Bova, who stopped three shots. Mistretta finished the final 5:37 and did not register another save.
For the Panthers from New Hampshire, senior Deni Bojadzic scored a pair of goals to go along with tallies by senior Bobby Dashner and sophomore Chris Chambers. Freshman Bryan Horrigan collected three assists.
The Panthers led 1-0 after the first period on Dashner’s power-play goal at 12:48, but Cortland scored four straight second period goals to grab a 4-1 lead. Haney netted his first career goal on the power play at 2:57, Catanzaro converted a penalty shot at 5:21, Gold scored on the backhand at 8:14 and Graham Fallon finished the run on a breakaway at 14:42.
Bojadzic connected for his first of the game at 17:36 with the Panthers on a two-man advantage to make it a 4-2 game at the end of two.
The Red Dragons seemed to be in control of the game with a short-handed score from Gold at 5:06 and an even-strength goal from McLaughlin at 9:04. Plymouth State, however, pulled to within 6-4 on a power-play goal from Chambers at 11:59 and a short-handed score by Bojadzic at 13:06.
Cortland clinched the game when Brent Fallon and Catanzaro closed out the scoring.
CORTLAND WOMEN lost to Division I Sacred Heart on Friday, dropping a 7-3 non-conference game in Bridgeport, Conn.
The hosts scored three times within a five-minute span early in the second period to break a 2-2. Lauren Fontaine led Sacred Heart (8-10-1) with three goals and one assist.
Junior Kalee Stoever and freshman Shannon Hakes paced Cortland (2-7-3) with a goal and an assist apiece.
Fontaine scored only 28 seconds into the game to gave the hosts the lead, but Stoever knotted the game just 46 seconds later off assists from Hakes and junior Nicole Ruddy.
The Pioneers regained the lead on a Carla Pentimore goal 3:21 into the period, and neither team scored the remainder of the stanza.
Cortland jumped out quickly in the second as sophomore Erin Farmer netted a goal 14 seconds into the frame to tie the game at 2-2. Freshman Mallorie Maguire assisted on the goal.
Sacred Heart, however, took the lead for good on a Taryn Lapierre power play goal 2:11 into the second, and Kristina Hankins’ goal 58 seconds later extended the lead to 4-2.
Fontaine scored her second goal of the game off the second of three assists by Whitney Dziama to give Sacred Heart a 5-2 lead with 13:42 left in the period. Hakes answered only 11 seconds later, however, as she converted assists by Stoever and senior Julia Pahler to cut the deficit to two goals.
The potential momentum shift was short-lived, though, as Dziama scored 25 seconds after Hakes to put the Pioneers up 6-3. Fontaine completed her hat trick with a goal 1:43 into the third period – the only goal of the final 20 minutes.
Cortland skates at Plymouth State this afternoon at 2 p.m.




Poised Purple Tigers reach .500

Staff Writer

EAST SYRACUSE — Collective effort and poise down the stretch paid off for the Cortland High boys’ basketball team Friday night at East Syracuse-Minoa.
The Purple Tigers scored 23 points, to 18 for their hosts, in the first half, but then accumulated 25 points in the third quarter alone to get some breathing room and held off a late Spartan charge to score a 68-56 victory.
That final result improved CHS’s record to 3-5 in the OHSL Freedom American Division and 6-6 overall.
Kevin Shaw, who leads Cortland in scoring, had 10 of his varsity career- and game-high 26 points in the third quarter thanks in large part to that collective effort. ES-M was playing a box-and-one defense to concentrate on stopping the freshman, and Cortland coach Mick Lowie said that, at halftime, “We went over all the offenses we wanted to use against the box-and-one. It was nothing different than we had been doing, but all five players on the floor executed. We have to have other guys score if they’re going to stop Kevin.”
“Derek Allen stepped up and banged in a couple of 3-pointers in the third. They switched to man-to-man, and that helped Kevin. Overall we probably executed as well offensively as we have all year,” he added, senior guard Allen finishing with 10 points.
“Coach said that when they went man-to-man to just knock down our shots,” said Shaw, who averages 16.8 points per game and also had four assists in the contest. “We took the back door when it was open. We were able to spread the floor our, which helped us get easy baskets.”
“We tried different things against Shaw,” ES-M coach Mark Carr said. “What surprised us was that, at the start of the third quarter, some of their other players started hitting shots. We didn’t expect Allen to score like he did.”
CORTLAND LED 48-33 heading into the fourth quarter, and the Spartans never got closer than nine points (62-53) during those final eight minutes. That happened when junior guard Andrew Raymond hit a pair of 3-pointers in 17-second stretch to make it 62-53 with 1:58 left.
At that point, the visitors were in the midst of a stretch that saw them score 10 of their last 12 points from the foul line. Senior forward Levi Walrath had four of those free throws and the lone field goal en route to a 14-point night.
“This piggybacks on the Mexico game; the kids look more relaxed and confident on the floor,” Lowie said of his team’s poise under pressure, referring to a 46-45 last-second win over Mexico last Friday.




Cortland cruises into Whitehill semifinals

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa, — SUNY Cortland wrestlers captured their opening three matches to advance to the semifinals at the 20-team Budd Whitehill Duals, hosted by Lycoming College.
The Red Dragons, ranked eighth nationally in Division III and the top seed at the tournament, opened on Friday with a 41-0 win over Thiel College and followed by a 37-6 victory against Baldwin-Wallace.
Coach Brad Bruhn’s matmen capped the _day with a 32-15 triumph over 23rd-ranked Messiah.
Cortland (6-0) faced unranked Loras College of Iowa in the semifinals this morning, with the other semifinal match featuring 20th-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater and 29th-ranked Lycoming. The finals are set for 3 p.m.
Cortland 41, Thiel 0: The Red Dragons’ sweep over Thiel featured pins by sophomore Dave Colagiovanni at 133 pounds, nationally fourth-ranked junior Paul LeBlanc at 149 pounds, freshman Cameron Gee at 197 pounds and sophomore Joe Murphy at heavyweight.
The other wins included decisions by nationally sixth-ranked junior Peppy Cabrera at 125 pounds, freshman Michael Esteves at 141 pounds and freshman Tyler Sick at 157. Nationally third-ranked senior Zack Bogardus won at 165, sophomore Corey Barber was victorious at 174 pounds and senior Brett Giehl (in his first match as a Red Dragon after recently joining the team) won at 184 pounds.
Cortland 37, Baldwin-Wallace 6: Cortland won eight of its 10 bouts including pins by Cabrera at 125, Paul LeBlanc at 149, nationally 10th-ranked senior Treavor LeBlanc at 184 and Gee at 197.
Freshman Joe Widrick, ranked sixth nationally at 141 pounds, won his match by a 12-4 major decisions. Cortland’s other wins were from sophomore Will Brodfuehrer at 157, sophomore Corey Barber at 174 pounds and Murphy at heavyweight.
Bogardus suffered his first loss after 16 straight wins to start the season, falling 7-4 to nationally second-ranked Gino Russo.
Cortland 32, Messiah 15: In Cortland’s final match of the day, the Red Dragons opened a 17-0 lead over Messiah after four matches on a decision by Cabrera, a pin by Colagiovanni, a 16-1 technical fall by Widrick and a decision by Paul LeBlanc. LeBlanc improved to 15-0 with his victory.
The Falcons answered with three straight wins, two by pin, and pulled within 17-15 with three matches left. Giehl’s 7-5 win at 184 pounds extended the Cortland lead to 20-15 and Treavor LeBlanc, wrestling up a weight class, pinned his opponent in just 43 seconds at 197 pounds to seal the victory. Murphy also recorded a pin at heavyweight.