Cortland State vs. Geneseo State
May 7, 2005
The Game Story:
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Junior Mike Abbott (Syracuse/Nottingham) scored a
career-high eight goals and added two assists to lead the nationally
second-ranked Cortland men's lacrosse team to a 20-8 win over 14th-ranked
Geneseo in the SUNYAC Finals Saturday afternoon at the SUNY Cortland
Stadium Complex. With the win, the Red Dragons improved to 16-1 and earned
their fifth straight berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs. The Knights
fell to 12-4 and now await word whether they receive an at-large bid into
the NCAA playoffs.

Abbott, the tournament MVP, also contributed a game-high nine ground balls
and won 10-of16 faceoffs for the Red Dragons. Junior Brian Atkins
(Adams/South Jefferson) scored four goals and had an assist, junior Kyle
Lambert (Brentwood) recorded two goals and two assists and sophomore Ryan
Simensky (Locust Valley) added two goals and an assist for Cortland. Junior
goalie Ben Gaebel (Deferiet/Carthage) made seven saves in 50:11 before
giving way to junior Bryan Scipione (East Meadow), who stopped one shot in
9:49.

Junior Pat Riehlman (Skaneateles) led the Geneseo offense with two goals
and an assist, while junior Brian Orlowski (Hauppauge) and freshman Mike
Pizzuto (Amherst) each tallied twice for the Knights and senior Chris Stock
(Penfield) chipped in with two assists. Sophomore Tim Garback
(Syracuse/Henninger) started in goal and made six saves in 48:06. Junior
Josh Jaufmann (Fairport) registered two saves in 11:54.

Cortland opened up a 3-0 first quarter lead on scores from freshman Adam
Hyde (West Seneca/West Seneca East) at 12:19, Abbott at 8:15 and Atkins at
3:52. Geneseo, however, swung the momentum late in the quarter. Riehlman
led a fast break with time winding down and found Orlowski on the left side
of the crease, who fired a shot past Gaebel with just one second remaining
on the clock.

The two team traded the first four goals of the second quarter, putting
Cortland up 5-3 with 8:50 remaining before halftime. Abbott then scored at
8:19 to make it 6-3 and Atkins netted the first of Cortland's five man-up
goals in the game to stretch the lead to 7-3 at the 4:59 mark. The Knights
answered again with the clock ticking down as Stock fed Pizzuto for his
second goal with 10 seconds remaining to make it a 7-4 game at the half.

The Red Dragons dominated the third quarter, outscoring Geneseo 8-1 for a
15-5 lead. Abbott scored four in the quarter, including the first two just
20 seconds apart at 14:26 and 14:06. Riehlman then netted his first of the
game at 13:18, but the Red Dragons ended the quarter on a 6-0 run to seize
control.

Riehlman and Bazydlo opened the fourth quarter with goals just 10 seconds
apart to spark life back into Geneseo. Abbott, though, won the ensuing
faceoff and Simensky scored seconds later to start a five-goal outburst for
Cortland that sealed the win. Cortland outshot Geneseo, 45-24 and held a
49-37 advantage in ground balls.

Besides Abbott, other members of the All-Tournament team were seniors Sean
Sullivan and Ben Blaisdell of Oneonta; senior Ryan Hanretty and junior
Travis Holmes of Potsdam; Bazydlo, Orlowski and freshman Kevin Hennigan
(Camillus/West Genesee) of Geneseo; and Atkins, Gaebel, Hughes and Lambert
of Cortland.