March 7, 2013


Red Dragons stay perfect


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Taylor Mendoza (6) moves the ball away from Scranton’s Tim Cleary in the third quarter of the Red Dragons’ 8-3 win in their home opener Wednesday.

The SUNY Cortland men’s lacrosse team held Scranton scoreless in the second half Wednesday en route to an 8-3 victory in its home opener. The Red Dragons, the top-ranked Division III squad in the nation, improved to 3-0 on the season, while the Royals fell to 1-3.
Freshman Zach Hopps led Cortland with five points on two goals and three assists. Junior Cody Consul recorded two goals and one assist, freshman James Stavrakis had one goal and one assist and sophomores Matt Rakoczy, Benjamin Dunlavey, Mike Cantelli and Billy Davis each tallied a goal. Sophomore Patrick Brown picked up an assist.
Senior goalie Mike Kaminski registered 10 saves, including eight in the second half. Freshman Pat Baldwin paced the Red Dragons with four ground balls, and junior Doug Meehan collected three. Consul and senior C.J. Nye contributed two caused turnovers each.
Junior Matt Tibbitts led Scranton with one goal and one assist. Senior Dillon McInerney and freshman Alec Mikrut each scored a goal. Senior goalie Ben Worthington turned aside 12 shots, many at point-blank range. Sophomore Matt Finor won 8-of-15 faceoffs and Tibbits recorded a game-high six ground balls.
The Royals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead when Tibbitts and Mikrut scored just 34 seconds apart less than two minutes into the contest. The Red Dragons responded by closing the quarter with four straight goals for a 4-2 lead as Hopps picked up one goal and two assists and Consul had one goal and one assist. McInerney pulled Scranton to within 4-3 at 7:47 of the second quarter, and Stavrakis made it a 5-3 game going into the half with his score at 4:55.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the third quarter as Kaminski stopped four shots and Worthington denied three. Cortland eventually pulled away in the fourth quarter. Stavrakis fed Davis for a bounce-shot goal at 9:43, then Hopps scored a fast-break goal off Brown’s assist at 7:47. Rakoczy finished the scoring with Hopps assisting at 6:54 for the 8-3 final.
Cortland outshot Scranton 40-18 in the game and held the Royals scoreless over the final 37:47 to hold an opponent without a goal in the second half for the second consecutive game.


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