March 6, 2013

Hopps, Cotland Grind Down Scranton

from press release

CORTLAND, N.Y. – The nationally top-ranked Cortland men's lacrosse team held Scranton scoreless in the second half en route to an 8-3 victory in its home-opener Wednesday afternoon at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons improved to 3-0 on the season, while the Royals fell to 1-3.

Freshman Zach Hopps (Akwesasne/Massena) led Cortland with five points on two goals and three assists. Junior Cody Consul (Webster/Webster Schroeder) recorded two goals and one assist, freshman James Stavrakis (Hillsborough, NJ) had one goal and one assist and sophomores Matt Rakoczy (Clifton Park/Albany Academy), Benjamin Dunlavey (Elmira/Corning East), Mike Cantelli (Holmdel, NJ) and Billy Davis (Manhasset) each tallied a goal. Sophomore Patrick Brown (Camillus/West Genesee) picked up an assist.

Senior goalie Mike Kaminski (Sayville) registered 10 saves, including eight in the second half. Freshman Pat Baldwin (Alpharetta, GA) paced the Red Dragons with four ground balls, and junior Doug Meehan (Sayville) collected three. Consul and senior C.J. Nye (Marcellus) contributed two caused turnovers each.

Junior Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, CT/Conard) led Scranton with one goal and one assist. Senior Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) and freshman Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) each scored a goal with senior Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, PA/Downingtown East) and junior John Gregitis (Wayne, PA/St. Joseph's Prep) collecting one assist apiece.

Senior goalie Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, PA/Archbishop Wood) turned aside 12 shots, many at point-blank range. Sophomore Matt Finor (Churchville, PA/Council Rock South) won 8-of-15 faceoffs, Tibbits recorded a game-high six ground balls, while senior Tim Cleary (Shrewsbury, NJ/CBA) and sophomore Colin Panayi (Bedminster, NJ/Bernards) each had four.

The Royals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Tibbitts and Mikrut scored just 34 seconds apart less than two minutes into the contest. The Red Dragons responded by closing the quarter with four straight goals for a 4-2 lead as Hopps picked up one goal and two assists and Consul had one goal and one assist. McInerney pulled Scranton to within 4-3 at 7:47 of the second quarter, and Stavrakis made it a 5-3 game going into the half with his score at 4:55.

Neither team could find the back of the net in the third quarter as Kaminski stopped four shots and Worthington denied three. Cortland eventually pulled away in the fourth quarter. Stavrakis fed Davis for a bounce-shot goal at 9:43, then Hopps scored a fast-break goal off Brown's assist at 7:47. Rakoczy finished the scoring with Hopps assisting at 6:54 for the 8-3 final.

Cortland out shot Scranton, 40-18, in the game and held the Royals scoreless over the final 37:47 to hold an opponent without a goal in the second half for the second consecutive game.

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