Cortland State vs. Rit
March 25, 2006
The Game Story:
CORTLAND, N.Y. ? Cortland raced out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter and
the seventh-ranked Red Dragons defeated sixth-ranked RIT, 14-6, in a
matchup of nationally-ranked Division III squads. Cortland improves to
4-1 with the victory, while the Tigers suffered their first defeat of
the season and are now 6-1.

Senior Mike Abbott (Syracuse/Nottingham) led Cortland with three goals
and one assist and junior Ryan Simensky (Locust Valley) scored three
times. Sophomore Ryan Heath (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker) finished with
two goals and three assists, junior Mike Felice (Baldwinsville/C.W.
Baker) and sophomore Adam Hyde (West Seneca/West Seneca East) each
scored twice and senior Kyle Lambert (Brentwood) handed out three
assists. Senior Ben Gaebel (Deferiet/Carthage) made nine saves.

RIT was led by senior Zach Bednarz (Webster) and sophomore Andy Ruocco
(Corning/Corning East), who scored two goals apiece. Junior Scott
Farress (Webster) recorded three assists and junior John Foley (Guelph,
ON/Our Lady of Lourdes) registered six saves.

Cortland took a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game on goals
by Heath and Hyde, then extended the lead to 3-0 on an Abbott goal with
9:34 left in the quarter. An Atkins tally at the 5:55 mark and Hyde?s
goal with 4:20 left pushed the lead to 5-0. Simensky and Heath then
scored 47 seconds apart to give the Red Dragons a 7-0 lead with 2:46
remaining in the period. In the first quarter, the Red Dragons held a
12-3 advantage in shots, a 16-6 margin in ground balls and won 7-of-8
faceoffs.

RIT closed with 7-2 on a Ruocco man-down goal 2:09 into the second
quarter and a Bednarz goal with 10:36 left. Simensky answered for
Cortland just 22 seconds after Bednarz?s goal, but junior Eric
Pritchard (Webster) netted his team-high 26th goal of the season for
the Tigers at the 7:54 mark to draw RIT within 8-3.

Cortland, however, used goals by Simensky, Felice and Abbott ? the
first and last of which came on extra-man opportunities ? in the final
4:01 of the half to take an 11-3 lead. The Red Dragons finished the
game 4-of-9 on extra-man opportunities, including two goals by Abbott,
while holding RIT to just one goal on five extra-man tries. The Tigers
entered the game with a 62 percent success rate on extra-man
situations.

Cortland will host ninth-ranked Nazareth on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Red
Dragons lost to the Golden Flyers in the NCAA Division III
quarterfinals last season. RIT returns to action Wednesday at home
versus Elmira at 3:30 p.m.