No. 5 Cortland Grounds the Golden Flyers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- On a windy afternoon, visiting Cortland outscored Nazareth 10-2 between the second and third quarters en route to a 15-6 victory over the Golden Flyers in a non-conference game. Senior Scott Castle tallied two goals for Nazareth.

Following the loss, the Golden Flyers drop to 8-3 overall. The fifth-ranked Red Dragons improve to 8-2 overall. Cortlans' lone losses have come from third-ranked Stevenson (10-8) and fourth-ranked RIT (12-11) earlier in the season.

The first quarter featured an even contest as each team found the back of the net three times. Eric Richards scored the first goal of the game for Cortland 3:36 into the quarter to give the Red Dragons the early lead. Cortland tallied its next two goals on man-up opportunities to extend its lead to 3-0 with 10:04 to play in the quarter after senior Kyle McLean was whistled for pushing and cross-checking penalties.

Despite the Red Dragons' quick offensive attack, Nazareth rallied with three straight goals of their own. With 8:00 remaining in the opening period, Castle scored his first goal of the game on a man-up opportunity.

About a minute later, senior Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar scored after receiving a pass from freshman Trevar Haefele. Castle capped the run with his second goal to tie the game with 3:07 remaining in the quarter. Jacobs-Ferderbar recorded assists on each of Castle's goals.

Haefele opened the second quarter with an unassisted goal to give the Golden Flyers their first lead of the game 47 seconds into the period. Most of the remaining second quarter and following third quarter, however, belonged to Cortland.

The Red Dragons tallied 10 consecutive goals spanning the two periods to convert Nazareth's temporary 4-3 lead into a 13-4 deficit. Before the third quarter expired though, Haefele found junior Nate DeLone, who scored with :01 left on the clock.

The Golden Flyers' attempt for a fourth quarter rally were slowed after Greg Wright scored his second goal of the game for Cortland, which reclaimed the Red Dragons' nine goal advantage. With just under 8:00 minutes remaining in regulation, sophomore Brian Wright scored an unassisted goal to cut the score to 14-6. Neal Hopps scored the final goal of the game to give Cortland the nine-goal victory.

Sophomore Tim Doyle started in net for Nazareth and recorded seven saves and 12 goals against in 43:25 of action. Junior Grant Williams played the final 15:25 and was credited with one save and three goals against. Scott Tota played about 55 minutes in goal for the Red Dragons and allowed all six of the Golden Flyers' goals. Tota finished with five saves. Mike Kaminski made four saves in the final minutes.

Mike Tota and Jay DiStefano each had three goals for Cortland. Wright, Hopps, and Eric Martin each added two goals while three other players contributed one goal apiece in the Red Dragons' powerful attack.

Cortland finished with advantages in shots (42-30), ground balls collected (52-37), and faceoffs (17-6). Faceoff victories were a large reason for the Red Dragons' advantage in ground balls, too. Chris DeLuca and Justin Battino finished 8 of 12 and 9 of 10, respectively, on faceoffs.

With Nazareth closing the regular season against four straight Empire 8 opponents, the Golden Flyers will need to refocus quickly. Nazareth puts its undefeated (4-0) conference record on the line Saturday afternoon when the Golden Flyers host Ithaca at 1:00 p.m.

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. Trailing 4-3 early in the second quarter, the nationally fifth-ranked Cortland men's lacrosse team went on a 10-0 scoring binge to take control of the game and easily defeated host Nazareth, 15-6, in non-conference action Monday afternoon. The Red Dragons improved to 8-2 with the victory, while the Golden Flyers had their five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 8-3.

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