April 4, 2009

Dominant Second Half Leads No. 6 Cortland over Potsdam

from press release

CORTLAND, N.Y. - The nationally sixth-ranked Cortland men's lacrosse team outscored Potsdam, 8-1, in the second and rallied for an 11-5 win in the SUNYAC opener for both teams. The Red Dragons improved to 7-1 with the win, while the Bears fell to 3-4.

Junior Brandon Misiaszek (New Hartford) led the Cortland offense with three goals and an assist. Junior Brian Krol (Niskayuna) had two goals and an assist, sophomore Chris DeLuca scored twice, won 12-of-18 faceoffs and scooped up a game-high 11 ground balls. Senior Cody Hoyt (Babylon), sophomore Jay DiStefano (Huntington/Harborfields) and freshman Jack Kennedy (Camillus/West Genesee) and Zack Mulvaney (Deferiet/Carthage) each contribured a goal. Senior goalie Matt Hipenbecker (Mountain Lakes, NJ) made six saves in 59 minutes before giving way to freshman Kyle Gaebel (Deferiet/Carthage), who did not stop a shot in his first collegiate action.

Senior Corey Reinhart (Albany/Colonie) paced the Bears with two goals and an assist. Sophomore Garret Sharp (Canton) had a goal and an assist and juniors Andy Deer (Vestal) and Ben McCullough (Braompton, ON/Turner-Fenton) each chipped in with a goal. Sophomore goalie Geoff Mayor (Fairport) turned aside 16 shots.

McCullough gave the Bears a 1-0 lead just 55 seconds into the game with an unassisted score from up top. Kennedy, a close defenseman, then tied the score at eight minutes, 23 seconds off a feed from sophomore Eric Parah (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker). Potsdam gained a 3-1 advantage with the first two goals of the second quarter only 24 seconds apart. Misiaszek cut the lead to 3-2 at the 12:03 mark, but Reinhart netted a man-up goal at 5:28 to give the Bears a 4-2 edge. Mulvaney finished the first-half scoring when he bounced a shot off Mayor's back from behind the cage.

The Red Dragons quickly gained their first lead of the game with scores from DeLuca at 14:36 and Misiaszek at 13:58 of the third. Krol then made it 6-4 with a man-up goal at 11:26. Deer stopped the run with an assist from Reinhart at 10:15, but Krol set up DiStefano's goal at 8:30 and Cortland led 7-5 heading into the final quarter.

The Red Dragons controlled play over the final 15 minutes, outscoring the Bears, 4-0, and outshooting them, 18-5. DeLuca and Krol scored 1:19 apart to start the quarter, and Misiaszek and Hoyt netted goals 15 seconds apart at 5:39 and 5:24 to complete the scoring.

Cortland outshot Potsdam, 49-24, held a 38-26 advantage in ground balls and won 13-of-20 faceoffs. 

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