Cortland State vs. Clarkson
April 20, 2013
The Game Story:
CORTLAND, N.Y. – The nationally top-ranked Cortland men's lacrosse team raced out to a 7-2 lead after the first quarter and went on to defeat Clarkson, 12-6, in a penalty-filled non-conference game Saturday afternoon at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons ran their record to 13-0 on the season, while the Golden Knights dropped to 8-5.

Junior Joe Slavik (Binghamton/Seton Catholic) and freshman Zach Hopps (Akwesasne/Massena) each led Cortland with five points on three goals and one assist. Sophomore Matt Rakoczy (Clifton Park/Albany Academy) tallied two goals and one assist, junior Cody Consul (Webster/Webster Schroeder) scored twice, freshmen Pat Baldwin (Alpharetta, GA) and James Stavrakis (Hillsborough, NJ) netted one goal apiece and senior Thomas Casey (Yorktown) contributed an assist.

Senior goalie Mike Kaminski (Sayville) made 11 saves and allowed six goals in 56 minutes, 22 seconds before giving way to junior Steve Mahle (Camillus/West Genesee), who stopped the only shot he faced on goal over the final 3:38. Baldwin won 9 of 16 faceoffs and recorded six ground balls, while senior C.J. Nye (Marcellus) and junior Brian Winterfeldt (Merrick/Calhoun) each registered four ground balls.

Junior Peter Goss (Jamesville/Jamesville-DeWitt) paced Clarkson with a pair of goals. Sophomore Corey Herrington (Camillus/West Genesee) led the Golden Knights with three points on three assists, and senior Brendon Shearin (Goffstown, NH), sophomores Matthew Gold (Pittsford) and Dylan Broomfield (Clinton) and freshman Ben Paprocki (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) each chipped in with a goal. Senior goalie Ryan Cole (Orchard Park) stopped 10 shots. Broomfield won 12 of 22 faceoffs and collected a game-high seven ground balls. Junior Rick Clement (Cotuit, MA/Barnstable) and sophomore J.D. St. Croix (Camillus/West Genesee) each had four ground balls.

The Red Dragons opened up a 4-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game as four different players scored, including Baldwin who won the opening faceoff and scored the first goal of his career just six seconds into the contest. Goss then sandwiched his two goals around a Slavik goal to make it a 5-2 game at the 1:45 mark of the first quarter, but Hopps netted goals at 25 and seven seconds, respectively, to build Cortland's advantage to 7-2. Slavik scored 27 seconds into the second quarter to make it 8-2, and Paprocki scored off a feed from Herrington at 8:20 for an 8-3 score. The Red Dragons then successfully killed off four man-up attempts by the Golden Knights, one a two-minute non-releasable penalty, before Hopps closed the first-half scoring with his third goal of the game at 3:05.

The action slowed in the third quarter with Stavrakis scoring at 3:49 and Shearin netting a goal seven seconds before the end of the quarter for a 10-4 Cortland lead. Early in the fourth quarter, Cortland was down three men for 30 seconds, with one of the penalties a non-releasable infraction, and held Clarkson off the scoreboard during the stretch. Shortly after, Rakoczy scored at 9:40 and Consul added a man-up goal at 7:31 to make it a 12-4 game. Broomfield and Gold finished off the scoring with goals at 7:24 and 5:33 for the 12-6 final.

Overall, Cortland was whistled for 11 penalties, while the Golden Knights were penalized four times. The Red Dragons return to action on Wednesday, Apr. 24 when they host Oswego in a SUNYAC matchup at 4 p.m.