Cortland State vs. Geneseo State
May 3, 2008
The Game Story:
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Senior Josh Cittadino (Baldwin) won 16-of-18 faceoffs, collected a game-high 12 ground balls and contributed a goal and two assists to help lead the nationally second-ranked Cortland men’s lacrosse team to a 19-6 win versus 11th-ranked Geneseo in the SUNYAC Tournament finals Saturday afternoon at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons won their 11th consecutive game, improved to 15-1 on the season and earned an automatic NCAA berth with the victory. The Knights fell to 12-3 and await a possible NCAA at-large bid.

Cittadino was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament after winning 27-of-36 faceoffs (75 percent), recording 22 ground balls and pitching in with a goal and three assists in the two games. Cortland senior Billy Fuchs (Merrick/Sanford H. Calhoun) had a big day offensively for Cortland, scoring six goals and adding an assist. Fuchs became the 17th player in school history to reach 100 career goals and has 101 in just two seasons.

Senior Adam Hyde (West Seneca/West Seneca East) scored a season-high four goals, senior Kyle Simensky (Locust Valley) contributed three goals, senior Ryan Heath (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) had two goals and three assists and junior Joey Morgan (Putnam Valley) scored twice. Heath moved into fifth place in career scoring with his five points and stands at 222 (127 goals, 95 assists). Junior goalie Mike Robinson (Alexandria, VA/Thomas Edison) made eight saves in 51 minutes and 30 seconds before giving way to freshman Tom Holden (Corning/Corning East), who stopped two shots and did not surrender a goal in the final 8:30.

Junior Tom Costanza (Webster/Webster Schroeder) led Geneseo with two goals and an assist, while senior Mike Pizzuto (Amherst) added a goal and two assists. Juniors Justin Rand (Pittsford/Pittsford Mendon), Mike Ryerson (Rochester/Brighton) and Dylan Bittlingmaier (Pittsford/Pittsford Mendon) scored one goal each. Junior goalie Eddie Watts (Mt. Kisco/Horace Greeley) started between the pipes and made 17 saves in 51:53. Sophomore Dennis Costanza (Webster/Webster Schroeder) stopped one shot and surrendered three goals in the final 8:07 of the second quarter.

The Red Dragons wasted little time in seizing control of the game, opening up a 4-0 lead just 4:06 into the contest. Bittlingmaier stopped the run at 8:28, but Cortland outscored the Knights 4-2 the rest of the quarter to grab an 8-3 lead. The Red Dragons pushed their advantage to 13-3 with five straight goals to open the second quarter, including two Heath scores assisted by Cittadino on fast break opportunities. Rand made it 13-4 with an unassisted goal at the 5:29 mark, but Fuchs scored his 49th and 50th of the year in the final 2:20 to give Cortland a commanding 15-4 lead at intermission.

Morgan scored at 11:12 of the third quarter and junior long-stick midfielder Cody Hoyt (Babylon) netted his first goal of the season at 10:52 to give the Red Dragons their biggest lead of the game, 17-4. Ryerson closed the scoring in the quarter with an unassisted goal. Hyde and Fuchs added early goals in the fourth quarter, just 27 seconds apart, and Costanza finished the scoring off a Pizzuto assist at 9:42.

Cortland outshot Geneseo, 49-26, held a 54-30 advantage in ground balls and won 23-of-28 faceoffs. Neither team scored in man-up situations.

Heath, Hyde, Fuchs and Morgan joined Cittadino on the All-Tournament Team for Cortland. Tom Costanza, Pizzuto, Ryerson and junior Steve DuFlo (Jamesville/Jamesville-Dewitt) were Geneseo’s selections to the team. Rounding out the team were Andy Hilton and Adam Johnson from Oneonta and Dan MacRae and Ben McCullough from Potsdam.