Cortland State vs. Geneseo State
May 1, 2002
The Game Story:
CORTLAND -- Cortland, ranked third nationally in Division III, defeated visiting Geneseo 13-0 in a SUNYAC tournament semifinal game at Davis Field. The Red Dragons (14-2), who are ranked fourth in the country in scoring defense at six goals allowed per game, will host Oneonta in the conference championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m., with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Oneonta defeated Oswego 22-12 in Wednesday's other semifinal game at Oneonta.

Junior goalie Steve Feltmann (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central) made seven saves for Cortland's second shutout of the season. The Red Dragon defense was sparked by the solid play of numerous players, including senior Justin Mendelson (Massapequa Park/Farmingdale), senior Chris Osiecki (Endicott/Union Endicott), sophomore Frank Estrella (Suffern), senior Louis Lago (Valley Stream/Valley Stream South) and junior Rob McCurdy (Lynbrook).

The Red Dragons outshot the Knights (9-4) 39-15, including a 23-6 margin in the second half. Junior Craig Degnan (Rockville Centre/South Side) scored four goals in the second half as the hosts pulled away from a 3-0 halftime lead. Degnan finished with five goals and one assist and freshman Adam Hughes (North Syracuse/Cicero-North Syracuse) added three goals and two assists.

The Red Dragons led 1-0 after one quarter, the lone goal coming from Degnan off a Hughes assist 2:41 into the game. Cortland added two goals in the first five minutes of the second half. Sophomore Andrew Roth (Ridgewood, NJ/Don Bosco Prep) scored the first of his two goals in the game when he converted a pass from senior Mike Maraia (West Islip) with the Red Dragons a man up. Senior Steve Blanshan's (North Merrick/Holy Trinity) unassisted goal with 10:59 left in the half increased the lead to 3-0.

Geneseo sophomore goalie Andy Howk (Pittsford/Pittsford-Sutherland) made eight of his 15 saves in the first half to keep the game close. The Knights' best scoring chance came in the final seconds of the first half when a point-blank shot in front of the cage by sophomore Tim Killoran (Syracuse/Henninger) was stopped by Feltmann.

Degnan, Hughes and junior Derek Elvin (Orchard Park) scored in the third quarter to extend Cortland's lead to 6-0 and the Red Dragons found the back of the net seven times in the final 15 minutes, including three goals by Degnan and two by Hughes.