No. 9 Lynchburg Upends No. 6 Cortland at Mustang Classic

OWINGS MILLS, MD. Rob Arnold scored with 4.7 seconds remaining in overtime to lift ninth-ranked Lynchburg to a 10-9 victory over sixth-ranked Cortland Friday night at the Mustang Classic hosted by Stevenson. The Red Dragons fell to 5-2 with the setback, while the Hornets improved to 5-2 in the first-ever match-up between the two programs.

Sophomore Zach Hopps (Akwesasne/Massena) scored five points on three goals and two assists to lead the Cortland offense. Senior Nate Garbarino (Binghamton) had two goals and two assists, and junior Mike Cantelli (Holmdel, NJ) netted a pair of goals. Senior Cody Consul (Webster/Webster Schroeder) and junior Benjamin Dunlavey (Elmira/Corning East) each scored a goal with senior Mike Cummings (Syracuse/East Syracuse Minoa) and junior Matt Rakoczy (Clifton Park/Albany Academy) contributing one assist apiece.

Junior goalie Scott Tota (Webster/Webster Schroeder) registered 11 saves for the Red Dragons. Junior Billy Davis (Manhasset) won 9 of 16 faceoffs and collected five ground balls, Hopps recorded four ground balls and senior Stephen Burke (Yorktown) caused two turnovers.

Arnold and Aaron Murphy paced Lynchburg with three goals and one assist each, and Austin Stewart also added three goals. David Alyanakian tallied one goal, Todd Galvin assisted on two scores and Bobby Distler and Campbell Armstrong chipped in with one assist apiece. Goalie Andrew Fawkes stopped 13 shots. Distler won 13 of 22 faceoffs and recorded seven ground balls. Chris Hower also added seven ground balls.

The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period as Stewart scored a man-up goal at 5:11 and Hopps netted his first 21 seconds before the end of the quarter. Dunlavey gave Cortland a 2-1 lead at 9:46 of the second quarter before Stewart netted back-to-back goals for the Hornets followed by consecutive goals from Garbarino, and Cortland still maintained a one-goal lead at 4-3. Murphy tied the game at the 1:21 mark and Alyanakian gave Lynchburg a 5-4 lead when he scored just four seconds before the end of the half.

Cantelli's man-up goal at 8:05 of the third quarter briefly evened the game, but Arnold answered with a man-up goal 19 seconds later to put the Hornets up, 6-5. Murphy made it a 7-5 game at 5:20 before Hopps tallied a man-up goal at the 53-second mark to get the Red Dragons back to within 7-6.

Arnold closed the quarter with an unassisted goal at 14 seconds and Lynchburg took an 8-6 lead into the fourth quarter. Murphy notched his third goal of the game just 30 seconds into the period to make it 9-6, but the Red Dragons fought back to tie the game at 9-9. Hopps registered his third goal of the game at 12:54, Consul scored at 11:46 and Cantelli buried the equalizer at 3:00.

The Red Dragons then killed off a one-minute, two-man advantage for the Hornets with under two minutes remaining as Lynchburg missed the goal three times, eventually giving possession to Cortland. After a successful clear and timeout, Cantelli shot wide with six seconds remaining and the game headed to overtime.

Distler won the faceoff to open the extra period, but Tota denied Armstrong's bid, which led to a successful Cortland clear and a timeout with 2:28 on the clock. Cantelli missed wide at 1:08, and Fawkes made a save on Rakoczy 15 seconds later. Hower scooped up the ground ball, the Hornets worked the clear and burned a timeout with 35 seconds remaining. After the timeout, with time winding down, Galvin found Arnold for the game-winner with just under five seconds remaining to give Lynchburg the 10-9 win.

The Red Dragons face host Stevenson on Saturday at 7:30, while the Hornets go against Nazareth at 5:00 p.m.


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