Cortland State vs. Potsdam State
April 30, 2003
The Game Story:
CORTLAND, N.Y. - Freshman Kyle Lambert (Brentwood) scored seven goals and assisted on two others as Cortland, ranked fourth nationally in Division III, defeated Potsdam 15-9 in the semifinal round of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) tournament. The top-seeded Red Dragons will host second-seeded and nationally 19ht-ranked Geneseo, a 15-8 winner over Oneonta, in the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Cortland improved to 14-2 with the victory and set a school single-season record with its 13th straight win. The previous single-season record was 12 in 1967, and the overall school record is 15 between the 1971 and 1972 seasons (nine straight wins to finish 1971 and six wins to start 1972). Cortland will look to earn its third straight NCAA berth and 12th overall on the Division III level.

Lambert recorded the highest single-game goal total by a Red Dragon since 1997 (Dennis Pupke, eight vs. Shenandoah). He scored the game^s first goal with 13 minutes, 21 seconds left in the first quarter and tallied the first two goals of the second quarter to give the Red Dragons a 5-1 lead. Cortland took an 8-3 lead with 2:55 left in the half, but Potsdam responded with a pair of Chris Minei (Rochester/Fairport) goals at the 1:24 and 0:55 marks to close within 8-5. Lambert, however, scored an extra-man goal with two seconds left in the half. The lead was at least four goals the rest of the way.

Senior Craig Degnan (Rockville Centre/South Side) added four goals for the Red Dragons and junior Drew Hyatt (Jamesville/Jamesville-DeWitt) scored twice and assisted on a goal. Junior Andrew Pultz (Farmingdale) won 21-of-27 faceoffs and picked up 16 ground balls and Lambert added eight ground balls. Senior Steve Feltmann (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central) made 11 saves.

For Potsdam (6-7), Minei finished with three goals, senior Jedidiah Hammill (Brasher Falls/St. Lawrence) registered two goals and two assists and junior Evan Cree (Akwesasne/Salmon River) added two goals and one assist. Sophomore goalie Ryan Hanretty (Williamsville/Williamsville South) kept the Bears within striking distance with 23 saves, including a number of close-range shots.

Cortland outshot Potsdam 67-33 and picked up 50 ground balls to 29 for the Bears. The Red Dragons were successful on 3-of-5 extra-man opportunities, with all three of those goals coming in the second quarter. Potsdam converted on 2-of-5 man-up tries.