Fourth-Ranked Cortland Pummels Plattsburgh

CORTLAND, N.Y. Sixteen different players scored goals as the nationally fourth-ranked Cortland men's lacrosse team defeated Plattsburgh, 25-7, in SUNYAC action Saturday afternoon at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons improved to 11-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference with the win, while the Cardinals fell to 10-5 and 1-3.

Sophomore Mike Tota (Webster/Webster Schroeder) led the Cortland offense with four goals and two assists. Junior Chris DeLuca (Sayville) also tallied four goals and won 12 of 17 faceoffs. Sophomore Christian Daly (Syracuse/Jamesville-DeWitt) scored three goals.

Senior Brian Krol (Niskayuna) was the only other Cortland player with multiple goals, scoring twice and recorded four assists. Senior Chris Dutkowsky (Vestal) and junior Jay DiStefano Huntington/Harborfields) had a goal and two assists, while senior Tom Burke (Massapequa), sophomore Greg Wright (Irondequoit) and freshman Thomas Casey (Yorktown) each added a goal and an assist.

Junior Justin Battino (Plainview) won 11 of 15 faceoffs, junior Justin Schneidman (Katonah/John Jay-Cross River) recorded five caused turnovers and DeLuca and Burke each registered seven ground balls. Freshman goalie Mike Kaminski (Sayville) played the first three quarters and made three saves before giving way to freshman Bobby Whitmarsh (Smithtown/Smithtown East), who stopped one shot in the fourth quarter.

Junior Kyle Norchi (Hauppauge) paced the Cardinals with two goals. Sophomore Pete Morgan (Putnam Valley) and freshman Joe Kramer (Lindenhurst) had one goal and one assist each. Senior Luke Flegar (Putnam Valley) and freshman Tommy Kilderry (Glen Head/North Shore) and Brandon Smith (Minoa/East Syracuse-Minoa) netted one goal apiece, and senior Luke Weidlein (Seaford) contributed two assists.

Junior Logan Carpenter (Fort Edward/South Glens Falls) made the start in goal and stopped three shots in 22 minutes, three seconds. Sophomore Danny Caufield (Rochester/McQuaid) made five saves in 22:57, and sophomore Joey Carni (Syracuse/Henninger) turned aside one shot in the fourth quarter.

The Red Dragons took control of the game by outscoring the Cardinals, 8-1, in the opening quarter. Cortland pushed its lead to 13-5 at the half and 20-6 through three quarters as the bench emptied. The Red Dragons capped the game by outscoring Plattsburgh, 5-1, in the fourth quarter for the 25-7 final.


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