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April 09, 2009

 

Knights slay slow-starting Dragons

GENESEO — A second consecutive sluggish start in conference play led to a devastating blow to this SUNY Cortland men’s lacrosse quest to repeat as regular-season champions.
In a clash of nationally-ranked first place rivals, the Red Dragons fell behind by six goals midway through the third period and went on to fall 8-6 to host Geneseo in a crucial SUNY Athletic Conference showdown on Wednesday afternoon.
The Red Dragons, who trailed at halftime before coming back to beat Potsdam to begin conference play this past Saturday, had moved up to third in this week’s Division III national rankings before being upended by 18th-ranked Geneseo. Cortland, now 1-1 in SUNYAC play and 7-2 overall, fell behind 3-0 in the opening half never caught up despite a dominating final period.
Junior midfielder Brandon Misiaszek had two goals and two assists, while junior attackman Brian Krol tallied twice for the Red Dragons. Sophomore Chris DeLuca won 10-of-15 faceoffs, which helped Cortland earn a 32-22 edge in shots what went for naught as Geneseo goalie Dennis Costanza stopped 10 shots.
Mike Cintineo and Justin Rand each scored twice for Geneseo.
The Knights led 2-0 after the first quarter on goals from Tom Costanza and Cintineo. Craig Lange upped the lead to 3-0 at 10:30 of the second quarter before Krol finally put Cortland on the scoreboard at 7:49. Cintineo scored again at 4:09 for a 4-1 lead, but Misiaszek netted an unassisted goal just 26 seconds before the half.
Geneseo appeared to take control of the game with the first four goals of the third quarter, two coming from Rand and one each from Jim Fiacco and Dylan Bittlingmaier. The Knights held an 8-2 lead at the 7:03 mark.
Misiaszek cut the deficit to 8-3 just 37 seconds later and freshman attackman Greg Wright scored a man-up goal at 3:19 to make it an 8-4 game heading into the final 15 minutes. Geneseo was able to possess the ball and run the clock and Cortland finally was able to break through with a goal from freshman Mike Tota at 5:10. Krol’s man-up score with 14 seconds remaining concluded the scoring in a period where Cortland had a 12-2 shot advantage.
Cortland is back on the road on Saturday, traveling to take on Plattsburgh in a 1 p.m. start.