Cortland State vs. Skidmore
May 15, 2005
The Game Story:
CORTLAND, N.Y. ~V Cortland outscored Skidmore 5-0 in the fourth quarter to
pull away from a tight game as the nationally second-ranked Red Dragons
defeated the 14th-ranked Thoroughbreds, 14-7, in an NCAA Division III
tournament second round contest. Cortland will face Nazareth in the national
quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 18, at a site and time to be announced.

The Red Dragons improved to 17-1 with the win and tied a school
single-season record for victories. Skidmore, making its first-ever NCAA
tournament appearance, ends the season with a 13-3 record.

Senior Adam Hughes (North Syracuse/Cicero-North Syracuse) led Cortland with
three goals and two assists. He has scored 50 goals this season and is now
second on Cortland's career goal-scoring chart with 148, six behind leader
Mike Perkins. Junior Mike Abbott (Syracuse/Nottingham) scored three goals
and four Red Dragons ~V freshman Adam Hyde (West Seneca/West Seneca East),
freshman Chris Hannon (Baldwin), junior Kyle Lambert (Brentwood) and junior
Brian Atkins (Adams/South Jefferson) ~V scored two goals each. Sophomore
Ryan Simensky (Locust Valley) assisted on four goals and junior Ben Gaebel
(Deferiet/Carthage) made nine saves, five in the fourth quarter.

Junior Tom Spinella (New Hartford/Loomis Chaffee) led Skidmore with three
goals. Junior James de Gorter (Ithaca) made 12 saves.

The teams were tied 2-2 after the first quarter. Brendan Bellefeuille
(Wilbraham, MA/Minnechaug) started the scoring for Thoroughbreds with 11:23
left, but Cortland tied the game 20 seconds later on a Lambert goal.
Spinella gave Skidmore the lead at the 5:11 mark and Abbott re-tied the game
with 3:44 left.

Skidmore scored the first two goals of the second to take a 4-2 lead.
Spinella scored with 12:11 remaining and Pat O'Leary (Needham, MA) followed
with a goal 45 seconds later. Cortland, however, responded with the final
four goals of the half and the first goal of the third quarter to take a 7-4
lead. Atkins and Hughes each scored twice during that stretch. The teams
then traded goals before Hughes and Hyde found the net to give Cortland a
9-5 lead with 7:17 left in the third.

Skidmore fought back with the final two goals of the third quarter to close
within 9-7. Charlie McNeil (Spencer, MA/Williston Northampton) scored with
6:35 left and Spinella notched his third goal of the game ~V and his 54th of
the season ~V with 56 seconds remaining in the period. Cortland's
fourth-quarter surge started with a Hyde goal at the 12:26 mark and
extra-man goals by Lambert at 10:32 and Abbott at 8:56. Hannon scored the
final two goals with 8;12 and 3:30 left, respectively. Cortland finished the
game 3-for-4 on extra-man opportunities, all in the second half.