March 25, 2009

Rebound: Cortland Destroys No. 19 Nazareth

from press releases

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The nationally seventh-ranked Cortland men's lacrosse team jumped out to a big lead and went on to defeat 19th-ranked Nazareth, 17-10, in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon. The Red Dragons improved to 5-1 with the win, while the Golden Flyers lost their third straight and fell to 3-3 on the season.

Sophomore Chris DeLuca (Sayville) paced the Cortland offense with three goals and three assists, won 12-of-17 faceoffs and recorded seven ground balls. Freshman Mike Tota (Webster/Webster Schroeder) registered three goals and an assist, and senior Joey Morgan (Putnam Valley) and junior Brandon Misiaszek (New Hartford) scored two goals each.

Sophomore Jay DiStefano (Huntington/Harborfields) had a goal and two assists, while freshman Greg Wright (Irondequoit) and sophomore defenseman Justin Schneidman (Katonah/John Jay) chipped in with a goal and an assist each. Senior goalie Matt Hipenbecker (Mountain Lakes, NJ) made 10 saves in 55 minutes, 22 seconds, before senior Mike Robinson (Alexandria, VA/Thomas Edison) stopped one shot over the final 4:38.

Four different players collected two goals each for Nazareth -- C.J. Estes, Mark DeCirce, Scott Castle and Sean Dennison. Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar and Erinn O'Hara contributed one goal and one assist each. Goalie Todd Dermody turned aside 16 shots.

The Red Dragons opened up a 5-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game with Morgan and DeLuca each scoring twice and Misiaszek capping the run at the 5:49 mark of the first quarter. DeCirce put Nazareth on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal at 3:41. After O'Hara assisted on Castle's first goal at 6:24 of the second quarter, the Red Dragons erupted for four goals in less than three minutes for a commanding 9-2 lead. Castle's second of the game 42 seconds before the half cut the deficit to 9-3.

Cortland put the game out of reach by outscoring the Golden Flyers, 6-2, in the third quarter as six different players found the back of the net. Estes and Dennison tallied goals early in the fourth to make it a 15-7 game, but Schneidman scored a man-down goal at 7:44 to essentially seal the win. The Golden Flyers finished off the game by scoring three of the last four goals for the 17-10 final.

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