Cortland State vs. Oneonta State
May 4, 2002
The Game Story:
CORTLAND -- The Cortland men's lacrosse team, ranked third nationally in Division III, earned an automatic NCAA berth with a 14-5 victory over 16th-ranked Oneonta in the finals of the SUNYAC Tournament Saturday afternoon at Davis Field. With the win, the Red Dragons improved to 15-2 and established a new school record for victories, while Oneonta dropped to 12-4.

Cortland's defenders and defensive midfielders were able to shut down Oneonta's high-powered offense, which put up 22 goals in a SUNYAC semifinal win over Oswego, while its offense controlled the play and generated excellent scoring chances.

Senior Matt Puerta (Hicksville) put Oneonta on top at the 13:33 mark of the first quarter with an unassisted man-up goal, but Cortland answered back with three straight scores by sophomore Andrew Roth (Ridgewood, NJ/Don Bosco Prep), junior Derek Elvin (Orchard Park) and senior Jason Lambert (Brentwood). After Puerta cut the lead to 3-2 with his second goal, junior Craig Degnan (Rockville Centre/South Side) scored his first of a game-high six goals for Cortland off an assist from freshman Adam Hughes (North Syracuse/Cicero-North Syracuse). Oneonta junior Dan Bakke (Floral Park) made it 4-3 at the end of the quarter off an assist by senior Anthony Pisciotto (Port Jefferson/Ward Melville).

In a second period dominated by ball control, Cortland netted the only two goals, a man-up score by Degnan assisted by junior Tommy Maier (Fairport) and Roth's second goal assisted by Elvin. Cortland outshot Oneonta 18-3 in the quarter after holding a 13-11 edge in the first 15 minutes, but led only 6-3 at intermission.

Cortland controlled 9-of-10 faceoffs in the third quarter and turned those possessions into seven goals, including the first four of the quarter to claim a 10-3 lead. Degnan collected three straight scores, while senior Rob McKeefrey (Melville/Half Hollow Hills West) contributed three of his game-high four assists. Pisciotto ended Cortland's string at 6:45 of the stanza, but Cortland struck for three more goals and a 13-4 lead before Pisciotto netted Oneonta's final goal of the game with eight seconds remaining in the quarter. Roth completed the scoring with the only goal of the fourth quarter.

Junior goalie Steve Feltmann (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central) stopped 12 shots in 54:19 of action for Cortland, while junior Michael Draper (Massapequa Park/Massapequa) played the final 5:41, registering no saves and allowing no goals. Oneonta sophomore Mike Louer (Islip) played all 60 minutes between the pipes and made 18 saves.