April 13, 2009


Red Dragons return to winning lax ways

PLATTSBURGH — While freshman attackman Mike Tota scored four goals and picked up an assist, back-to-back fourth period tallies by senior Conor Duffy were especially timely as SUNY Cortland men defeated Plattsburgh 12-8 on Saturday in a conference lacrosse match-up.
The host Cardinals had pulled to within 9-7 when Kyle Norchi scored his third goal of the game just 43 seconds into the fourth period, only to have the Red Dragons build the lead to four goals when Duffy struck twice within a 53-second span midway through that final stanza.
That enabled the Red Dragons to bounce back from a loss at Geneseo earlier in the week, the Red Dragons now 2-1 in the SUNY Athletic Conference and 8-2 overall. Cortland came into last week ranked third nationally in Division III, though the loss to Geneseo should drop the Red Dragons down in this week’s rankings.
At Plattsburgh, junior attackman Brian Krol and junior midfielder Brandon Misiaszek also scored twice for Coach Steve Beville’s squad. Spphomore Jay DiStefano and freshman Greg Wright had a goal and two assists apiece.
Cortland held a 48-27 edge in shots taken, Plattsburgh (1-2 SUNYAC, 6-6 overall) getting 21 saves from busy goalie Matt Billia. Senior Matt Hipenbecker had nine saves in goal for the Red Dragons, while sophomore Chris DeLuca won 12-of-16 faces and gobbled up 10 ground balls in the victory.
Middie Misiaszek gave Cortland a 1-0 lead at 13:17 of the opening quarter with an unassisted goal. After Plattsburgh’s Ian Helmer tied the game at 1-1, Krol gave the Red Dragons the lead for good just seven seconds later and Cortland led 2-1 after one.
Cortland then outscored the Cardinals, 4-2, in the second quarter for a 6-3 lead at the half. Krol and Wright connected for man-up goals and Misiaszek and Tota scored unassisted goals for Cortland. Luke Weidlein and Norchi found the back of the net for Plattsburgh.
The team’s split six goals in the third quarter — Tota scoring twice and DiStefano netting his goal — and Cortland held a 9-6 lead heading into the final 15 minutes. When the lead was trimmed to one, Duffy scored at 8:56 and 8:03 to push the lead to 11-7. Weidlein scored for the third time to get Plattsburgh within 11-8 at 4:25, but Tota gave Cortland back its four-goal lead with the final score of the game at 3:33.
Syracuse 10, Rutgers 3: The Syracuse defense shut out visiting Rutgers in the first half, and got a goal and an assist from sophomore longstick midfielder and Cortland High grad Joel White, while improving to 9-2 before 5,112 fans at the Carrier Dome.
Ahead 2-0, White intercepted a pass, raced across midfield and dumped the ball in to classmate Stephen Keogh for an easy score to push the hosts’ lead to 3-0 with 5:51 to go in the first half. A little over three minutes later, White gave the Orange a 4-0 lead when he tried to thread a pass to Keogh who moved his shot to let the ball zip past Rutgers goalie Billy Olin and into the cage.
Keough and Chris Daniello had three goals apiece for the Orange, while Gerhard Buehning scored twice for Rutgers (4-8).
The Orange returns to action on Friday against Albany at the Carrier Dome. The game will be televised live in Central New York on Time Warner 26.
Le Moyne 5, Merrimack 4: Le Moyne (10-0), the top-ranked Division II team, nipped No. 4 Merrimack (8-1) in a battle of unbeatens, as senior midfielder Brian Welch had two goals including the game-winner for the Dolphins.
Welch’s second marker was the only goal scored in the fourth quarter. He took a pass from classmate and Tully High product Brooks Robinson and broke a 4-4 tie with a man-up goal midway through the fourth quarter. Le Moyne’s defense kept Merrimack scoreless in the fourth quarter and senior goalkeeper Doug McIver made three crucial stops over the game’s final three minutes. McIver finished with 11 saves on the afternoon, including one on Merrimack’s final possession as time expired.