Top Ranked Cortland Clips No. 4 Stevens in OT
from press release
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Junior midfielder Doug Meehan (Sayville) scored with one minute, 50 seconds remaining in overtime to give the nationally top-ranked Cortland men's lacrosse team a thrilling 12-11 win over fourth-ranked Stevens Institute Wednesday night at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. The Red Dragons improved to 4-0 with the win, while the Ducks fell to 4-1.
Junior Joe Slavik (Binghamton/Seton Catholic) led the Cortland offense with three goals and one assist as the Red Dragons produced nine of their 12 goals from the midfield position. Sophomore Matt Rakoczy (Clifton Park/Albany Academy) scored three times, sophomore Benjamin Dunlavey (Elmira/Corning East) recorded two goals and one assist, sophomore Mike Cantelli (Holmdel, NJ) netted a pair of goals and freshman Zach Hopps (Akwesasne/Massena) contributed one goal and three assists. Junior Cody Consul (Webster/Webster Schroeder) chipped in with two assists.
Senior goalie Mike Kaminski (Sayville) registered nine saves, three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Freshman Pat Baldwin (Alpharetta, GA) won 17-of-21 faceoffs and finished with a game-high seven ground balls, and sophomore Billy Davis (Manhasset) won 3-of-5 faceoffs as Cortland won 20-of-26 overall. Junior J.T. Foltz (Auburn) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Meehan added three ground balls.
Harrison Dorne led the Ducks with four goals and one assist, and Rich Dupras tallied three goals and two assists. Nicolas Philippi had two goals and one assist, Charlie Cronin scored twice and Michael Maroon chipped in with one assist. Goalkeeper Matthew Deiner turned aside 10 shots. Tim Culloty forced a game-high five caused turnovers and collected four ground balls. Dorne added four ground balls, and Dupras had three.
The game was played tight throughout with the largest lead being 7-4 in favor of Stevens early in the third period. There were six lead changes and eight ties until Meehan eventually ended the game with his unassisted goal.
The teams were even at 2-2 after the first quarter as Dunlavey scored twice for Cortland and Dorne and Cronin each found the back of the net for the Ducks. Slavik gave Cortland a 3-2 lead early in the second quarter before Dorne connected twice to give Stevens back the lead. After Cantelli tied the game at 4-4 at the 3:56 mark of the quarter, Dorne and Philippi netted goals at 2:05 and 29 seconds, respectively, to give the Ducks a 6-4 advantage heading into intermission.
Stevens built its largest lead of the night at 7-4 when Cronin tallied a man-up goal 2:16 into the third quarter. Rakoczy and Dupras traded goals and Stevens still maintained a three-goal advantage. The Red Dragons, however, scored the next four goals with Rakoczy picking up a pair and Hopps adding one goal and two assists to grab a 9-8 lead. Dupras ended the run with a goal with just seven seconds on the clock and the teams fittingly headed to the fourth quarter tied at 9-9.
Philippi and Slavik traded unassisted goals early in the fourth quarter before Dupras buried his third of the game at 7:37 for an 11-10 Stevens' lead. Slavik answered with his third of the night with just 3:10 remaining in regulation. Stevens won the ensuing faceoff but Kaminski denied Dorne's bid. After a successful clear, Cortland missed the cage twice and eventually turned the ball over to Stevens. The Ducks held possession late in the game but Dupras missed wide with nine seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
In the extra session, Cortland won the opening faceoff and had two shots to win the contest, but one was saved and the other went high. The Red Dragons then gave up possession with just over two minutes remaining. On Stevens' clear, Meehan forced a turnover, collected the ground ball and beat Deiner for his first goal of the season at the 1:50 mark.
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