Cortland State vs. Oneonta State
April 17, 2004
The Game Story:
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Junior Adam Hughes (North Syracuse/Cicero-North Syracuse) scored four goals and added two assists and senior Drew Hyatt (Jamesville/Jamesville-DeWitt) surpassed the 50-point mark in a season for the third time in his career to lead nationally fourth-ranked Cortland to a 15-11 win over visiting Oneonta in men's SUNYAC lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. Cortland improved to 10-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play with its ninth win in a row, while Oneonta fell to 7-5 and 2-1 and had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Cortland built a 4-1 lead after one quarter but could not pull away from the visiting Red Dragons despite winning 24 of-30 faceoffs and controlling possession most of the afternoon. While Cortland was more efficient out of its set offense, Oneonta stayed in the game by taking advantage of unsettled situations. The home Red Dragons held a 44-18 shot advantage and collected 56 ground balls to Oneonta's 30.

Hughes netted the first two goals of the game 30 seconds apart off assists from freshman Ryan Simensky (Locust Valley) and Hyatt. After Oneonta senior Arie Claflin (Syracuse/Corcoran) cut the lead to 2-1 with 4:14 remaining in the opening quarter, senior Michael Bryant (Hamburg/Frontier Central) and Simensky tallied the final two goals of the opening 15 minutes to give Cortland the 4-1 lead.

Oneonta opened up the second quarter with the first two goals to trim the lead to 4-3. Senior Dave Coughlin (Latham/Shaker) set up junior Chad Wagoner's (Chittenango) goal at 12:47, then senior Dan Bakke (Floral Park) netted his team-high 28th goal at 10:49 on a behind-the-back shot. Cortland answered with a three goal run on scores from sophomore Matt O'Connell (Camillus/West Genesee), freshman Mike Felice (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker), who finished with three goals and two assists, and senior Andrew Roth (Ridgewood, NJ/Don Bosco Prep). Wagoner connected for his second of the game at 1:45 to stop the streak, but Felice gave Cortland an 8-4 lead at the half with an unassisted goal 25 seconds before intermission.

Felice increased the host Red Dragons' lead to 9-4 with his third of the game 1:08 into the third quarter, but Oneonta responded nine seconds later on a score by Claflin assisted by senior James Battaglia (Saratoga/Saratoga Springs) right after the faceoff win. Claflin then set up sophomore Keith Horn's (Long Beach) goal at 8:43 to pull Oneonta to within 9-6. Hughes and Simensky connected one minute apart to stretch the lead to 11-6 before Coughlin tallied an unassisted goal. After Hyatt set up sophomore Kyle Lambert's (Brentwood) man-up goal with 3:07 remaining in the third quarter, Cortland held what appeared to be a comfortable 12-7 lead.

Oneonta junior Ben Blaisdell (Exeter, NH/Exeter) curbed the momentum with the final goal of the third period, starting a three-goal run that would make it a 12-10 game. Claflin found the back of the net just seven seconds into the final quarter, followed 33 seconds later by Coughlin's third of the game. Cortland regained some breathing room on Hughes' fourth goal of the game and Hyatt's first of two goals for a 14-10 lead. Senior Keith Adler (Seaford) netted Oneonta's final goal of the contest with 6:16 left, but Cortland iced the game when Hughes set up Hyatt's second goal with 3:25 left, giving him 23 goals and 28 assists on the season.

Sophomore Bryan Scipione (East Meadow) started in goal for Cortland and made just two saves through three quarters before giving way to sophomore Ben Gaebel (Deferiet/Carthage) who stopped two shots in the fourth quarter. Senior Mike Louer (Islip) registered 15 saves and a team-high seven ground balls for Oneonta