Cortland State vs. Gettysburg
March 6, 2010
The Game Story:
MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. – Gettysburg survived a furious late-game rally from SUNY Cortland and the third-ranked Bullets and held on to beat the No. 1-ranked Red Dragons 7-5 Saturday afternoon at John J. Burns Park on Long Island to win the Supervisor’s Trophy, presented by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.



Gettysburg (4-0), which allowed just one first-half goal, is now 3-0 in its last three games against No. 1-ranked teams after beating Salisbury University 11-10 last year and Stevenson University 12-7 in last season’s NCAA Division III semifinals.



The game was a rematch of last year’s NCAA Division III national championship game, which Cortland won 9-7. It was also the second year in a row that the two teams met on Long Island, where the Red Dragons prevailed 14-8 last season.



Senior Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) led the Bullets with two goals and one assist while junior Danno Lynch (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) added two goals. Junior Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School) contributed a goal and an assist off the bench.



Freshman goalie John LeClerc (Acton, Mass./Tilton School [N.H.]) made a season-high nine saves for the Bullets.



With his second goal, Brody broke into Gettysburg’s career top-10 goals list. He now has 116 goals, tying him with Earl Knight ’88 and Jake Von Nostrand ’04.



Cortland (1-1) was led by Phil Hayes, who scored a pair of goals, and Chris DeLuca, who handed out a pair of assists. Mike Kaminski also stopped nine shots for the Red Dragons.



Leading 7-3 with less than three minutes left, the Bullets were whistled for a pair of penalties 20 seconds apart. Cortland cashed in on the two-man advantage, as Brian Krol scored with 2:02 remaining. After a Gettysburg turnover, Mike Tota sent home a shot as he fell to the ground, cutting the deficit to 7-5.



The Dragons won the ensuing face-off, but LeClerc stopped a DeLuca shot with 1:12 left. After another Bullet turnover, Cortland attempted two more shots, but DeLuca’s blast with 36 seconds left sailed well high and LeClerc came up with his final save with 25 ticks showing. Gettysburg successfully cleared it to run out the remainder of the clock.



The Bullets struck early, with Brody scoring off a Gettysburg clear 1:15 into the game. Cortland tied it up just eight seconds later, as Tom Burke picked up a ground ball and fed it to Jay DiStefano, who made it a 1-1 game.



Gettysburg opened up some breathing room by scoring the next three goals spanning into the third quarter. First, Lynch took a baseline pass from senior Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and rifled a shot into the upper-right corner with 12:38 left in the second quarter, putting the Bullets in front for good. Sophomore Pat Sartory (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh School) one-timed a pass from Brody with 6:32 left to make it a 3-1 game at the half.



Junior Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) pushed the lead to 4-1 with 12:59 to go in the third quarter, draining a runner from the right side. Cortland cut it to 4-2 just 48 seconds later, but Brody restored Gettysburg’s three-goal lead when he converted a man-up goal on an assist from Ryan with 6:21 left in the period.



The Red Dragons pulled to with 5-3 after Hayes scored again 54 seconds before the end of the quarter.



Lynch posted his second goal of the day at the 9:56 mark of the fourth quarter before Ryan capped the scoring for the Bullets 43 seconds later.



Gettysburg out-shot Cortland 36-28 and won 10-of-16 face-offs.



The Bullets pick up their schedule on Tuesday, when they host Merchant Marine at 3 p.m. in a non-conference outing.