No. 2 Cortland Holds off No. 16 Western New England

CORTLAND, N.Y. Cody Consul (Webster/Webster Schroeder) scored a career-high five goals as No. 2 Cortland twice built large leads and held on for a 16-11 win versus 16th-ranked Western New England Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference game filled with multiple goal runs.

Seniors Mike Tota (Webster/Webster Schroeder) and Greg Wright (Irondequoit/West Irondequoit) each compiled a career-high seven points for the Red Dragons (9-0). Tota recorded two goals and a career-best five assists, while Wright's points came on three goals and four assists.

Freshman Matt Rakoczy (Clifton Park/Albany Academy) added one goal and one assist, and seniors Zack Mulvaney (Deferiet/Carthage), Jack Kennedy (Camillus/West Genesee) and Eric Richards (Skaneateles), junior Tom Casey (Yorktown) and freshman Nick Wolak (Rochester/Brighton) netted one goal apiece.

Junior MIke Kaminski (Sayville) started in goal, making seven saves in 59 minutes, 22 seconds before giving way to sophomore Steve Mahle (Syracuse/West Genesee), who did not register a save in the final 38 seconds. Junior Nick Jarvis (Syracuse/Onondaga Central) won 17 of 26 faceoffs and collected five ground balls. Sophomore Brian Winterfeldt (Merrick/Calhoun) had a team-high six ground balls, while sophomore Doug Meehan (Sayville), Kennedy and Tota each scooped up four.

Senior Patrick White (Milton, MA/Catholic Memorial) led the Golden Bears (5-3) with five goals. Junior James Reardon (Longmeadow, MA) recorded two goals and two assists, sophomore Sean Lawton (Abington, MA) had two goals and one assist, senior Nick Jez (Somers, CT) contributed one goal and one assist, senior Andrew Mariani (East Brunswick, NJ) scored once and sophomore Adam Knapton (Canandaigua) chipped in with two assists.

Senior goalie Brewster Knowlton (Somers, CT) turned aside eight shots. Senior Josh Tullis (Medford/Patchogue-Medford) won 13 of 22 faceoffs and scooped up a team-best six ground balls, and sophomore Nicky Donovan (Yorktown Heights/Yorktown) registered five ground balls.

Consul gave Cortland a 1-0 lead just 57 seconds into the game before White scored back-to-back goals for a 2-1 Golden Bears' lead. The Red Dragons closed the quarter with four straight goals, including two from Consul, for a 5-2 advantage. Cortland extended its goal run to nine consecutive with a five-goal burst in the first 3:37 of the second quarter and held what appeared to be a commanding 10-2 lead.

Western New England answered with four goals in a row, spanning the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third quarter, to cut the Cortland lead to 10-6. Reardon notched his two goals and Mariani and Jez also scored.

Consul ended the Golden Bears' streak with his fifth of the game at 11:51 of the third to make it an 11-6 game. Lawton scored on a long shot at the 9:13 mark but neither team could score again in the quarter. The Red Dragons grabbed the momentum back with five consecutive goals to start the fourth quarter for a 16-7 lead with 3:51 remaining as Wright collected two goals and two assists during the streak.

Western New England, however, continued to press and cut into the advantage. White scored a man-up goal at 3:22, followed by an even-strength goal from Lawton at 2:37. White then connected for his fourth of the game at 1:55 to make it 16-10 and completed the scoring on an extra-man goal with 24 seconds remaining.

2012-04-04



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