No. 2 Cortland's Defense Grounds the Golden Flyers

CORTLAND, N.Y. Second-ranked Cortland held Nazareth scoreless over the final 38 minutes, 15 seconds of the game to earn a 9-2 non-conference victory Tuesday night under the lights at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons improved to 13-0 on the season, while the Golden Flyers fell to 6-7.

Six different players scored goals for Cortland led by sophomore Joe Slavik (Binghamton/Seton Catholic), who found the back of the net three times. Senior Mike Tota (Webster/Webster Schroeder) had two goals and one assist, and senior Greg Wright (Irondequoit/West Irondequoit) and sophomore Cody Consul (Webster/Webster Schroeder) recorded one goal and one assist apiece. Sophomore Brian Winterfeldt (Merrick/Calhoun) and freshman Mike Cantelli (Holmdel, NJ) each scored a goal and senior Zack Mulvaney (Deferiet/Carthage) chipped in with three assists.

Junior goalie Mike Kaminski (Sayville) made three saves as he faced only 13 Nazareth shots in the game, seven in the fourth quarter. Junior Nick Jarvis (Syracuse/Onondage Central) won 9 of 15 faceoffs and collected six ground balls, while Consul and Wright each scooped up four ground balls.

Senior John McDonnell (Fairport) and sophomore Mark Pinski (Buffalo/St. Joseph's) tallied Nazareth's goals with senior Nate Delone (West Henrietta/Rush-Henrietta) picking up an assist. Junior goalie Tim Doyle (Macedon/Palmyra-Macedon) registered 15 saves. Pinski added four ground balls and freshman Vinny Parrillo (Mahopac) recorded six ground balls.

The pace of the game was deliberate from the start with the Golden Flyers eventually getting the first goal off Pinski's stick at 7:14 of the first quarter. Slavik answered at 6:17 and Cantelli gave Cortland the lead for good at 4:30. After Slavik made it a 3-1 game 45 seconds into the second quarter, McDonnell netted Nazareth's final goal of the game at the 6:45 mark to pull the Golden Flyers to within 3-2. From that point, the Cortland defense dominated.

Wright scored at 4:58 of the second and Tota gave Cortland a 5-2 lead at the half with a man-up goal 1:13 before intermission. The Red Dragons ran off four goals in the third quarter from four different players and held Nazareth to two shots for a 9-2 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter with each squad getting off seven shots.

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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Nazareth sophomore Mark Pinski tallied the first goal of the game midway through the first quarter to provide the Golden Flyers with the lead, but second-ranked Cortland converted its opportunities to score nine of the final 10 goals of the game to defeat Nazareth 9-2 in a non-conference game on Tuesday evening. Junior Tim Doyle amassed a season-high 15 saves for the Golden Flyers in the loss.

After falling to the Red Dragons, Nazareth drops to 6-7 overall. With the victory, Cortland remains undefeated in the 2012 season and improve to 13-0.

Pinski gave the Golden Flyers the early edge after senior C.J. Estes caused a turnover. Pinski collected the initial loose ball from the turnover. About 15 seconds later, freshman Vincent Parrillo collected another ground ball. By collecting the ground balls, Nazareth's offensive possession continued. The possession concluded with senior Nate DeLone finding Pinski with a pass, who scored his first-career goal.

Following Nazareth's goal, the Red Dragons continued to attack and tied the game 57 seconds later. Joe Slavik, who finished with a game-high three goals, won the faceoff following Pinski's goal. Slavik scored the game-tying goal later in Cortland's possession. With 4:30 left to play in the first quarter, the Red Dragons claimed their first lead of the game after Cortland's Greg Wright collected a loose ball following a Nazareth turnover. Wright eventually assisted on Mike Cantelli's goal.

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2012-04-17



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