Cortland State vs. Plattsburgh
April 5, 2008
The Game Story:
CORTLAND, N.Y. Ė Senior Billy Fuchs (Merrick/Sanford H. Calhoun) led 12 different goal scorers with four goals and as assist as the nationally fifth-ranked Cortland menís lacrosse team opened up SUNYAC play with a 21-7 win versus Plattsburgh Saturday afternoon at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons improved to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference with the victory, while the Cardinals fell to 4-6 and 0-1.

Senior Josh Cittadino (Baldwin) registered three goals and two assists, eight ground balls and won 15-of-18 faceoffs for Cortland. Senior Kyle Simensky (Locust Valley) recorded three goals and an assist, sophomore Brandon Misiaszek (New Hartford) tallied three goals and senior Ryan Heath (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) added a goal and four assists. Freshman Eric Martin (Fairport) netted the first goal of his career, while senior Adam Hyde (West Seneca/West Seneca East) and junior Joey Morgan (Putnam Valley) contributed one goal and one assist each. Junior Mike Robinson (Alexandria, VA/Thomas Edison) started in goal and made five saves over the first three quarters before giving way to junior Matt Hipenbecker (Mountain Lakes, NJ), who stopped three shots in the fourth quarter.

Senior Tom Spencer (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) and junior Adrian Marino (Huntington) led the Cardinals with two goals apiece. Senior Frank Sangiovanni (Huntington Station/Huntington) added a goal and an assist and junior Bryan Copius (Seaford) and sophomore Luke Weidlein (Seaford) chipped in with one goal each. Senior goalie Billy Hughes (East Patchogue/Bellport) made nine saves in the first half, and junior Matt Billia (Baldwin) registered 10 saves in the second half.

Plattsburgh opened the scoring at 10 minutes, 45 seconds of the first quarter on Copiusí unassisted goal, but the Red Dragons closed the stanza with four straight goals for a 4-1 lead. Cittadino and Weidlein traded goals to start the second quarter, then Cortland went on a six-goal run by six different players to grab an 11-2 lead 4:27 before half. Spencer stopped the streak with a man-up goal, but the Red Dragons netted two goals in the closing 30 seconds just seven seconds apart for a 13-3 halftime advantage.

Fuchs and Marino swapped goals 45 seconds apart to open the third quarter before Misiaszek closed the quarter with his second and third goals of the game for a commanding 16-4 lead. Cortland outscored Plattsburgh, 5-3, in the final 15 minutes as five different players found the back of the net, including Martin with the first of his collegiate career.

The Red Dragons outshot the Cardinals, 64-19 in the game, held a decisive 54-29 advantage in ground balls and won 22-of-32 faceoffs.