The nationally seventh-ranked RIT men’s lacrosse team closed the game on a 6-0 fourth-quarter run to earn a 15-9 victory at fifth-ranked SUNY Cortland Wednesday night in non-conference action.
The Tigers improved to 8-2 with the win, while Red Dragons dropped their first game of the season and fell to 8-1.
Senior Jimmy Nielsen led Cortland with three goals. Freshman Danny Caroussos scored his first career points on two goals and one assist. Seniors Mike Hart and Andrew Gonzalez and sophomores Ethan Parks and Joey Panariello each netted a goal. Junior Tyler Brown recorded two assists, and juniors Liam Rafferty and Nate Beresovoy chipped in with one assist. Beresvoy’s assist gave him 100 career points on 61 goals and 39 assists.
Junior goalie Joe Scalise made 10 saves for the Red Dragons. Hart won nine faceoffs and scooped up seven ground balls. Senior Anthony Zangari and freshman Dylan DeLorme each secured three ground balls.
Senior Ryan Lee paced nine RIT goal scorers with three goals and one assist. Senior Chad Levick tallied two goals and two assists, senior Brendan MacDonald and sophomore Cam Isaac each recorded two goals and one assist and senior Braden Wallace also notched two goals. Senior J.D. Hall , juniors Kyle Killen and Jay Vakiener and freshman Jimmy Spillane netted one goal apiece, while junior Beau Riley from Homer contributed four assists.
Senior goalie Nick Nesbitt turned aside 15 shots.
Five Red Dragons recorded multiple hits as part of a 16-hit attack and Anthony Visconte combined with five relievers on a five-hit shutout as Cortland defeated visiting Cazenovia College, 13-0, in a non-league contest.
Cortland (19-5) is ranked sixth nationally in Division III, is scheduled to host Oneonta Friday and Saturday in league action. Those dates, however, may be adjusted due to forecasted poor weather.
Visconte earned his first victory of the season as the first Cortland pitcher in a predetermined rotation. He allowed two hits and two walks and struck out five in four innings.Kashaun Curry gave up one hit and fanned one in a scoreless fifth inning, followed by Dylan Powers with a hitless sixth inning with one walk and two strikeouts.
Cortland High graduate Jake Woods saw his first action of the season and allowed two hits in a scoreless seventh inning. Ryan Smith retired all three batters he faced, one by strikeout, in the eighth, and Ryan Koval struck out two and walked one in the ninth.
Nate Budge finished 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored and Matt Michalski went 2-for-2 off the bench with three RBI. Joe Tardif also entered as a reserve and went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Billy Kozak was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs.
Colin BeVard and Jack Massa each reached base four times. BeVard was 2-for-3 with a walk,hit-by-pitch and RBI, and Massa ended 1-for-1 with two walks, a hit-by-pitch and three runs scored. Marcos Perivolaris also chipped in by going 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI.