Geneseo State vs. Cortland State
April 27, 2005
The Game Story:
GENESEO, N.Y. ~V Junior Kyle Lambert (Brentwood) scored four goals and
sophomore Ryan Simensky (Locust Valley) added three goals and an assist as
Cortland, ranked second nationally in Division III, clinched the SUNYAC
regular season title with a 15-8 win at 18th-ranked Geneseo. The Red Dragons
(13-1, 5-0) will be the top seed in next week's SUNYAC tournament. Cortland
will host a semifinal game on Wednesday and, if victorious, will host the
league championship game on Saturday, May 7. Geneseo (10-3, 4-1) will play
at Oneonta this Saturday in its regular-season finale. The winner of that
game will be the second seed and will host a semifinal game.

Junior Mike Abbott (Syracuse/Nottingham) finished with three goals, senior
Adam Hughes (North Syracuse/Cicero-North Syracuse) recorded two goals and
three assists and junior Matt O'Connell (Camillus/West Genesee) scored once
and assisted on three goals for the Red Dragons. Junior goalie Ben Gaebel
(Deferiet/Carthage) made 10 saves. Geneseo was paced by Chris Kelley's
(Syracuse/CBA) two goals and two assists. Brian Orlowski (Hauppauge) scored
twice and added an assist and Tim Garback (Syracuse/Henninger) turned away
13 shots in goal for the Knights.

Cortland trailed 3-2 after one period, but two Abbott goals in the second
quarter helped the Red Dragons take a 5-4 halftime lead. The hosts tied the
game on a goal by Owahn Bazydlo (Syracuse/Corcoran) with 11:33 left in the
third quarter, and the game stayed that way for the next seven minutes.
Lambert converted a pass from Doug Muhlbauer (Valley Stream) with 4:12 left
in the quarter, and O'Connell and Simensky each scored in the final two
minutes to extend the lead to 8-5.

Geneseo got back to within 8-6 with nine seconds left in the third on an
Orlowski goal, but Cortland jumped out quickly in the fourth quarter with
three goals in the first four minutes. Brian Atkins (Adams/South Jefferson)
scored 1:02 into the period, followed by Simensky 47 seconds later and
Hughes with 11:01 left in the game. Geneseo scored two of the next three
goals, both by Kelley, and was within 12-8 with 8:48 left. Cortland scored
the last three goals ~V two by Lambert and one by Abbott.

Cortland outshot Geneseo 46-30, including a 27-15 margin in the second half.
The Red Dragons won 17-of-26 faceoffs, with Abbott successful on 12-of-17
tries and freshman Adam Hyde (West Seneca/West Seneca East) winning 5-of-9
attempts.