Second-Ranked Cortland Barely Escapes 9th-Ranked Stevens

CORTLAND, N.Y. Second-ranked Cortland built an 8-4 lead into the third quarter and held off a furious rally by ninth-ranked Stevens to earn a 10-9 win Saturday night in NCAA second round action at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.

The Red Dragons improved to 19-0 on the season and advanced to the national quarterfinals to host 14th-ranked Union College, a 10-4 winner versus Bowdoin, Wednesday at a time to be determined. The Duck's season ended at 17-3.

Senior Mike Tota (Webster/Webster Schroeder) led Cortland with six points on two goals and four assists. Sophomore Cody Consul (Webster/Webster Schroeder) recorded two goals and three assists, sophomore Joe Slavik (Binghamton/Seton Catholic) added two goals and one assist.

Senior Greg Wright (Irondequoit/West Irondequoit) netted a pair of goals. Junior Tylor Mendoza (Greensboro, NC/Western Guilford) had one goal and one assist, senior Eric Richards (Skaneateles) scored once and senior Zack Mulvaney (Deferiet/Carthage) chipped in with an assist.

Junior goalie Mike Kaminski (Sayville) made 12 saves and collected four ground balls. Tota scooped up five ground balls, and senior Matt Hoey (Auburn) and sophomore Doug Meehan (Sayville) each had four. Sophomore Brian Winterfeldt (Merrick/Calhoun) caused three turnovers.

Senior Alex Hofrichter (Terrance Park, OH/Archbishop Moeller) paced the Stevens offense with four goals. Junior Harry Dorne (Morristown, NJ/Delbarton) scored twice, senior Kevin Rose (Garden City) contributed one goal and three assists, junior Rich Dupras (Hillsborough, NJ/Immaculata) had a goal and two assists and junior Nicolas Philippi (Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview) scored once.

Freshman goalie Matthew Deiner (Millstone Township, NJ/CBA) turned aside eight shots in 59 minutes, 45 seconds, and senior Eric Yando (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) did not face a shot in 15 seconds of action.

Senior Michael Steinhauser (Boontown Township, NJ/Mountain Lakes) won 14 of 23 faceoffs and collected a game-high seven ground balls. Sophomore Tim Culloty (Mahwah, NJ) led all players with five caused turnovers and had six ground balls. Seniors Matt Marks (Cortland) and Tim Ballai (Kinnelon, NJ) registered five ground balls apiece.

After Consul opened the scoring at 13:17 of the first quarter, the Ducks held possession for nearly six minutes, eventually tying the score on a Dupras goal at 7:15. Tota gave Cortland back the lead at 4:29 before Philippi knotted the score at 2-2 less than a minute later. Dorne then gave Stevens its only lead of the game off a pass from Rose at 1:20 and the Ducks took the 3-2 advantage into the second quarter.

The Red Dragons dominated the second quarter of play, outscoring the Ducks, 3-0, while outshooting their opponent 10-5 through the 15 minutes. Wright tied the game at 3-3 with a man-up goal at 7:31.

Cortland won the ensuing faceoff and Tota fed Consul for his second goal just 12 seconds later to give Cortland the lead for good at 4-3. Slavik finished off the scoring in the quarter at 5:32 when he skipped in a shot from 12 yards out and the Red Dragons led 5-3 at the half.

After Wright and Hofrichter traded goals to start the third quarter, Cortland earned its largest lead of the game, 8-4, when Tota tallied his 40th of the season at 6:07 and then assisted Mendoza's score at 4:24. From that point, the Ducks began to chip into the Red Dragons' advantage. Dorne made it an 8-5 game after three quarters on Rose's assist at the 3:54 mark.

In the fourth quarter, Hofrichter scored at 12:58, and Rose poured in an extra-man goal at 11:11 to pull Stevens to within 8-7, setting up a tense finish. Richards bumped the lead back to 9-7 with a quick shot on the right side at 10:14, but Rose set up Hofrichter at 7:29 to make it a one-goal game again.

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