March 14, 2011
Dragons remain unbeaten
MASSAPEQUA, L.I. — With a dominating edge in shots, it seemed like only a matter of time before this unbeaten SUNY Cortland men’s lacrosse team gained control of an early season showdown.
The nationally fourth-ranked Red Dragons did just that, scoring four unanswered goals in the third quarter to break open a tight contest en route to a 9-3 victory over 16th-ranked Gettysburg in the third annual North-South Oyster Bay Challenge on Long Island.
Cortland has now won two of the three meetings between the teams in the games played at John J. Burns Park over the past three seasons.
The Red Dragons remain unbeaten at 4-0 with the victory. Gettysburg drops to 3-3, with all three of its losses coming to teams currently ranked in the top 11 nationally.
Cortland senior midfielder Chris DeLuca and Gettysburg sophomore goalie J.T. McCook were named the game’s Most Valuable Players. DeLuca scored twice and won 8-of-9 faceoffs for the Red Dragons, while McCook recorded a dozen saves for the Bullets.
The Red Dragons held a 37-13 shot edge for the game, starting with a 7-zip first quarter advantage. But the lone goal scores over those opening 15 minutes came from DeLuca, set up by junior Zach Mulvaney 1:54 into the game.
The first of two goals by senior attackman Jay DiStefano, coming seven seconds into the second period off an assist by senior Eric Parah, gave the Red Dragons a 2-0 lead. But junior attackman Tyler Feeley scored a man-up goal off a Pat Sartory assist with 12:27 left in the half to get Gettysburg within 2-1.
That score held until 2:04 into the third quarter when freshman midfielder Joe Slavik’s man-up goal off a Greg Wright pass gave Cortland a 3-1 lead. Senior middie Neal Hopps tallied 51 seconds later, and DeLuca’s goal at the 8:14 mark pushed the lead to 5-1.Cortland senior midfielder Pat Hayes found the net with 4:56 left in the third and Cortland led 6-1 entering the fourth quarter.
The Bullets struck first in the fourth on a Sartory goal with 12:40 remaining, but Slavik scored 1:08 later and Hayes set up a goal by freshman defenseman Brian Winterfeldt with 10:53 left to give Cortland an 8-2 lead.
Sartory scored Gettysburg’s last goal with 8:53 left, and Cortland concluded the scoring on a DiStefano goal with 54 seconds left.
Sophomore goalie Mike Kaminski recorded four saves for Cortland, the Red Dragons finishing with a 34-27 edge while capturing 13-of-16 faceoffs. In addition to DeLuca’s eight faceoff wins in nine tries, senior Justin Battino won five faceoffs in seven attempts.
Cortland has another bigger test this coming Saturday, facing second-ranked Stevenson University in Maryland. Game time is 1 p.m. Gettysburg will host 20th-ranked Cabrini College on Wednesday.
Cortland Women Beaten
EWING, N.J. — The nationally third-ranked The College of New Jersey women’s lacrosse team out-scored seventh-ranked Cortland 8-2 over the final 33 minutes and went on to a 12-5 win Sunday afternoon in non-conference action at Lions’ Stadium.
The Red Dragons suffered their first lost of the season, falling to 2-1, while the Lions improved to 3-0.
Sophomore Maria Di Fato led Cortland with two goals and four caused turnovers. Junior Jordan Miller, freshman Taylor Robinson and frosh Ashley Cook also scored for the Red Dragons, while junior Lindsay Abbott and sophomore Mary Hartzheim picked up assists.
Kathleen Notos led the Lions with four goals and one assist. Alison Jaeger contributed three goals and an assist, Leigh Mitchell added two goals and three assists and Alex Spark scored twice for the hosts.
Cortland is in Virginia for two games this week, playing at Washington & Lee on Wednesday and Roanoke Friday.
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