October 23, 2021

Riley paces Red Dragons

Bob Ellis/staff photographer

Homer High product Dean Riley, of SUNY Cortland, fires in one of his four goals against SUNY Geneseo as Michael Leveroni (36), defends during the Red Dragons’ 16-4 SUNYAC semifinal win Wednesday.

The nationally fourth-ranked SUNY Cortland men’s lacrosse team opened up a 10-0 lead at the half and went onto a 16-4 victory overGeneseo Wednesday afternoon in the SUNYAC Semifinals at the Stadium Complex.

The Red Dragons improved to 15-1 on the season and will host Plattsburgh, which defeated Brockport, 8-7, in the championship game, Saturday at 1 p.m. The Knights fell to 9-6 with the loss.

Sophomore Dean Riley from Homer recorded a career-high six points on a career-best four goals and two assists to lead the Cortland offense. Junior Nate Beresovoy also netted four goals. Junior Devin Phelps tallied six points on two goals and three assists, and junior Thomas McNaney contributed two goals and three assists.

Senior T.J. deLyra had one goal and one assist, junior Tyler Brown and freshman Danny Caroussos each netted a goal, freshman Michael Dignan cored his first career goal and sophomore Joey Panariello chipped in with an assist for the Red Dragons.

Junior goalie Joe Scalise stopped seven shots and allowed just one goal through three quarters.Freshman Jake Craybas made two saves in the fourth quarter for Cortland. Senior Mike Hart won 14-of-14 faceoffs and secured nine ground balls as Cortland won 19-of-23 faceoffs in the game. Phelps added six ground balls, and deLyra and junior Trevor Pratt each caused two turnovers.

Junior Ryan Kelly led Geneseo with one goal and one assist. Senior Dane Bentley, junior Alex Leuze and sophomore Zachary DeBottis each scored a goal, and sophomore Jack Ladd added an assist.

Junior goalie Michael Yehl registered 14 saves in 45:00, and freshman Tyler Wetzel made five saves in 15:00. Junior Ryan Cates collected five ground balls, and sophomore Jack Crowley scooped up four ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Cortland took a 5-0 lead after the first quarter as Beresovoy scored three times. The lead grew to 10-0 at intermission with Riley notching three goals. After Leuze put the Knights on the scoreboard at 11:51 of the third quarter, the Red Dragons ended the quarter with six consecutive goals from six different players to take a 16-1 lead into the final 15 minutes. In the fourth quarter, Geneseo netted the only three goals for the 16-4 final.