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Red Dragon Roundup: Foster late-game hero in men’s lacrosse win

Senior defender Dave Foster scored with 10 seconds remaining in regulation Thursday to give the nationally 13th-ranked Cortland men’s lacrosse team a 9-8 win against Springfield College in Virginia Beach, Va.

The Red Dragons improved to 4-0 with the victory, while the Pride dropped to 2-1.

Eight different players overall scored at least one goal for Cortland, led by senior T.J. deLyra, who netted a pair. Senior Jimmy Nielsen and junior Thomas McNaney each tallied one goal and one assist. Foster, senior Andrew Gonzalez, junior Nate Beresovoy and sophomores Joey Panariello and Homer Central alumnus Dean Riley netted one goal apiece, and junior Devin Phelps recorded two assists.

Junior goalie Joe Scalise made nine saves for the Red Dragons. Senior Mike Hart won 12-of-21 faceoffs and collected eight ground balls. Junior Trevor Pratt caused three turnovers, and deLyra and senior Anthony Zangarieach scooped up three ground balls.

BASEBALL

Homer Central alumnus Jake Casey allowed one earned run in four innings of work and Jon Warner reached base four times and scored twice Thursday as SUNY Cortland defeated host Washington & Lee University 8-3.

Cortland (11-2), which is ranked first nationally by the American Baseball Coaches Association and second by D3baseball.com, won its sixth straight game. W&L had a seven-game win streak snapped and is now 10-6 on the season.

Casey, the first of four predetermined Cortland hurlers, earned the win with four innings of six-hit ball. He gave up two runs, one earned, did not walk anyone, and recorded seven of Cortland’s 12 strikeouts on the afternoon. Warner finished 2-for-3 with a walk, hit-by-pitch, RBI and two runs scored. Justin Teague went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs, Paul Dondero was 2-for-4, and both Steven Figueroa and Nate Budge finished 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI.

The Red Dragons’ scheduled games Friday and Saturday at New Paltz have been postponed due to the weather. Cortland is attempting to schedule a non-league doubleheader Saturday versus Castleton University (Vt.) at a neutral site, most likely in Maryland. More details will be announced when the schedule is finalized. Cortland and Castleton met in the opening round of the NCAA Division III regionals two of the last two years.

SOFTBALL

Jamie Lachall allowed two runs and struck out a career-high seven batters over five and two thirds innings as SUNY Cortland defeated 2016 NCAA Division III World Series participant Illinois Wesleyan, 4-2, to open Thursday’s action at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.
The Red Dragons dropped their second game of the day to William Paterson, 5-3, when the Pioneers scored three times in the bottom of the sixth.

Lachall improved to 2-1 on the season after allowing six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in five and a third innings. She gave up a run in the top of the first and another in the sixth before being relieved with the bases loaded and two outs.

Kelly O’Gorman and Andrea Schoonmaker each finished 2-for-3, with one of Schoonmaker’s two hits a double. Skyler Hoyt was 1-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and RBI.

William Paterson (5-4) rallied to score three times in the bottom of the sixth to earn the victory in the Red Dragons’ second game of the day.

After falling behind, Cortland started a comeback bid in the seventh when O’Gorman fouled off numerous pitches and eventually drew a leadoff walk on 18 pitches. WPU starter Gabrielle Castelli, however, finished off her compete game by inducing a fielder’s choice, lineout and groundout. She improved to 3-0 on the season after giving up eight hits and three runs, two earned, with two walks and four strikeouts.

Cortland starter Alexandrea Flint gave up eight hits and five runs, three earned, in five and two thirds innings. She fanned two batters. Schoonmaker finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Kaleigh Churchill and Mikayla Shade each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and O’Gorman went 1-for-3 with a walk and double.

Cortland (4-4) was to close out its Florida trip today with games against St. Norbert (Wis.) and Ramapo (N.J.).

MEN’S DIVING

Senior diver Lee Wade finished in 24th place on the 1-meter board at the NCAA Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at the Conroe ISD Natatorium.

Wade finished with a 1-meter score of 344.80 points. He will return to action on the 3-meter board Saturday.

Wade is making his first appearance at the NCAA championships. He was a regional qualifier for the second straight year, and he was one of six divers to qualify for nationals from the Region Four championships last month.

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