Second-Ranked Cortland Downs Knights to Stay Unbeaten

CORTLAND, N.Y. Cortland held Geneseo scoreless for a span of more than 24 minutes from the end of the first quarter until midway through the third quarter to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 lead and the second-ranked Red Dragons remained unbeaten with a 15-8 victory over the visiting Knights.

Cortland improved to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in the SUNYAC. Geneseo, now 0-7 overall and 0-1 in the league, suffered its largest margin of defeat this spring. Five of the Knights' seven losses have been one-goal setbacks.

Sophomore midfielder Joe Slavik (Binghamton/Seton Catholic) led Cortland with four goals and senior attack Mike Tota (Webster/Webster Schroeder) scored three times. Sophomore attack Cody Consul (Webster/Webster Schroeder) finished with two goals, two assists and six ground balls.

Senior attack Greg Wright (Irondequoit/West Irondequoit) added two goals and one assist and freshman attack Matt Rakoczy (Clifton Park/Albany Academy) scored twice. Junior midfielder Nick Jarvis (Syracuse/Onondaga Central) won 13 of 25 faceoffs and grabbed six ground balls. Junior goalie Mike Kaminski (Sayville) finished with seven saves.

For Geneseo, John Wettack (Mercer Island, WA) scored three times and Steven Cregan (Rochester/Brighton) had two goals and one assist. Michael Greubel (North Merrick/Mepham) made 10 saves and allowed 14 goals in 57:36 between the pipes.

Slavik scored 50 seconds into the game to give Cortland a quick lead, but Geneseo answered with goals by Cregan, Brendan Kurpis (Yorktown) and Jeff Watson (Camillus/Marcellus) to take a 3-1 lead with 6:29 left in the first quarter. The Red Dragons knotted the game at 3-3 on scores by sophomore midfielder Doug Meehan (Sayville) and Slavik, but Wettack's second goal of the game with 2:01 remaining gave Geneseo a 4-3 lead.

Cortland outscored Geneseo 3-0 in the second quarter on tallies by Rakoczy, Tota and Slavik, and recorded the first three goals of the third quarter, two by Consul, to take a 9-4 lead. Geneseo ended its drought with goals by Greg Harris (Huntington Station/Walt Whitman) and Cregan at the 7:53 and 7:10 marks, respectively, to close within 9-6, but Tota and Rakoczy scored in the final six minutes of the period to put the Red Dragons up 11-6. Cortland's advantage was at least five goals the entire fourth quarter.

Cortland will travel to Brockport for a SUNYAC contest Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

2012-04-11



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