No. 1 Cortland Tops Potsdam, Finishes Regular Season 15-0

CORTLAND, N.Y. Top-ranked Cortland completed its second consecutive unbeaten regular season with a 10-5 victory versus Potsdam Saturday afternoon in SUNYAC action. The Red Dragons improved to 15-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference and will host Potsdam in a conference semifinal game on Wednesday. The Bears fell to 6-7 and 2-4 with the loss.

Sophomore Billy Davis (Manhasset) and freshman James Stavrakis (Hillsborough, NJ) led Cortland with two goals each. Freshman Zach Hopps (Akwesasne/Massena) scored a game-high five points on one goal and four assists.

Senior Brandon Mulholland (Levittown/MacArthur) and junior Joe Slavik (Binghamton/Seton Catholic) recorded one goal and one assist apiece, while junior Cody Consul (Webster/Webster Schroeder) and sophomores Matt Rakoczy (Clifton Park/Albany Academy) and Andrew Billups (New Rochelle) each netted a goal.

Senior goalie Mike Kaminski (Sayville) made eight saves for the Red Dragons. Davis won 7 of 10 faceoffs and collected five ground balls, and freshman Conner Johnston (Homer) was successful on 5 of 7 faceoffs. Mulholland added three caused turnovers, while sophomore Luke McNaney (Marcellus) recorded four ground balls.

Senior Derek Frost (Buffalo/Williamsville East) paced the Bears with two goals and one assist. Junior Rob Kunz (Watertown/Immaculate Heart) had one goal and one assist, seniors Kyle Nicholas (Syracuse/Westhill) and Pat Morrill (Webster/Webster Thomas) tallied one goal each and junior Jeff Seager (Ballston Spa) chipped in with two assists.

Senior goalie Stefan Sloma (Niskayuna) registered 14 saves in 58 minutes, 23 seconds before giving way to senior Ryan Doyle (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker), who did not face a shot on goal over the final 1:37. Sophomore Nick Waseleski (Victor) scooped up a team-high five ground balls, and senior Nick Peryea (Liverpool) added four.

Davis gave Cortland a 1-0 lead at 12:04 of the first quarter, but Frost tied the game less than two minutes later. Billups put Cortland back on top with a low bounce shot at 1:13 of the quarter to make it a 2-1 game through the opening 15 minutes.

The Red Dragons pushed their lead to 5-1 with the first three goals of the second quarter. Stavrakis scored back-to-back goals early, and Slavik netted his goal at 3:02. The Bears took some momentum into halftime when Morrill scored with three seconds on the clock to pull Potsdam to within 5-2.

The Red Dragons appeared to take control of the game with goals from Mulholland and Rakoczy less than a minute into the third quarter and a score from Hopps at the 9:45 mark for an 8-2 advantage. Nicholas made it an 8-3 game at 8:43, but Davis and Consul tallied goals just seven seconds apart to give Cortland its largest lead of 10-3 with 6:32 left in the third.

Kunz etted a man-up goal 30 seconds before the end of the quarter, and Frost scored a man-up goal 2:24 into the fourth quarter to make it a 10-5 game. Neither team was able to find the back of the net the rest of the way and the 10-5 score held up.

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CORTLAND, N.Y.-SUNY Potsdam (6-7, 2-4 SUNYAC) slowed down top-ranked Cortland (15-0, 6-0), but fell to the undefeated Red Dragons 10-5 on Saturday afternoon. Despite the loss, the Bears still clinched the fourth and final SUNYAC playoff spot.

Junior midfielder Derek Frost (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville East) paced Potsdam with two goals and an assist, while Zach Hopps led the Red Dragons with a goal and four helpers.

Cortland's Billy Davis opened the scoring at the 12:04 mark of the first quarter, but Frost answered less than two minutes later with an assist from junior captain Rob Kunz (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart). Andrew Billups put the Red Dragons up for good with 1:13 left and the Bears trailed 2-1 after 15 minutes.

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2013-04-27



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