Cortland Pulls Away Late to Defeat Oswego

CORTLAND, N.Y. Seventh-ranked Cortland used a strong fourth-quarter effort to pull away from a tight game and defeated Oswego, 10-4, Thursday afternoon in SUNYAC action at the Stadium Complex. The game was moved to Cortland due to unplayable field conditions at Oswego on Wednesday.

Seven different players netted at least one goal for the Red Dragons (9-3, 3-0 SUNYAC), led by senior Joe Slavik (Binghamton/Seton Catholic) who finished with two goals and two assists. Junior Matt Savlov (Liverpool) and freshman Nate Beresovoy (LaFayette) each scored a pair of goals.

Sophomore Zach Hopps (Akwesasne/Massena) recorded one goal and two assists, junior Mike Cantelli (Holmdel, NJ) had one goal and one assist, juniors Patrick Brown (Camillus/West Genesee) and Benjamin Dunlavey (Elmira/Corning East) netted one goal apiece and junior Matt Rakoczy (Clifton Park/Albany Academy) added two assists.

Senior goalie Nick Costabile (New Fairfield, CT) registered 12 saves in his first career start for Cortland. Sophomore Pat Baldwin (Alpharetta, GA) won 10 of 14 faceoffs, and he and Hopps each gathered six ground balls, while Brown and senior Mike Warner (Geneva) caused two turnovers apiece.

Junior Matt Palmer (Pittsford/Pittsford Mendon) led the Lakers (4-5, 0-2 SUNYAC) with three goals. Freshman Mark Niechcial (Syracuse/West Genesee) contributed a goal and junior Nick Giampaolo (Setauket/Ward-Melville) and freshman Brady Hoose (Syracuse/West Genesee) each chipped in with an assist.

Freshman goalie Wyatt Russo (Massapequa Park/Massapequa) turned aside 14 shots, senior Brian Murphy (Vestal) recorded a game-high seven ground balls and sophomore Ryan Kennish (New City/Clarkstown South) and freshman Tim Garrett (Oceanside) caused two turnovers apiece.

Cortland opened up a 3-1 lead after the first quarter. Hopps found the top corner at eight minutes, 24 seconds before Palmer tied the score with a man-up goal at 5:33. Brown gave Cortland back the lead at the four-minute mark after running the length of the field on a clear, tallying his seventh goal of the season. Cantelli made it a 3-1 game with 42 seconds left in the quarter. Savlov scored the only two goals of the second quarter, at 9:52 and 7:10, and the Red Dragons held a 5-1 lead at the half.

The Lakers controlled play in the third quarter, out shooting Cortland, 17-4, to pull to within 5-3. Palmer netted his second man-up goal at 7:35, then picked up an errant pass on the left side and scored his third of the game at 57 seconds.

The Red Dragons wasted little time in taking control of the game in the fourth quarter. Slavik scored his first goal of the game at 14:19, and Beresovoy followed with back-to-back man-up goals at 12:17 and 10:47 for an 8-3 Cortland lead. Niechhial made it 8-4 at 4:44, but Slavik scored at 2:58 and Dunlavey completed the scoring with a man-up goal off Hopps' feed with 1:02 remaining on the clock.


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