Geneseo State vs. Cortland State
May 2, 2009
The Game Story:
SUNYAC Men's Lacrosse Championship
02 May 2009

Men's Lacrosse
The Cortland Red Dragons (15-2), ranked seventh in the latest USILA Coaches Poll, held on to defeat host and ninth-ranked Geneseo (13-2) by a score of 14-13 this afternoon to win their second straight and sixth of eight SUNYAC Men's Lacrosse championship. The Red Dragons earn the NCAA Division III tournament automatic bid, while the Knights will await a possible at-large berth.

After Geneseo opened the scoring on a goal outside the crease by sophomore Craig Lange from junior Ray Ryan, Cortland got two goals each from freshman attack Mike Tota, sophomore midfielder Chris DeLuca and junior midfielder Tom Burke to take a 6-1 lead with 6:49 remaining in the second quarter. Geneseo cut the deficit to 6-3 on goals by senior attack Mike Cintineo with 2:35 left and senior midfielder Dylan Bittlingmaier with 1:27 remaining, but the Dragons countered with a goal by junior attack Brian Krol with 27 seconds left and another by DeLuca with one tick remaining in the period to give the Dragons an 8-3 lead at halftime.

Cortland led 11-5 on Joey Morgan's goal with 4:15 left in the third quarter, but senior Tom Costanza scored from Lange and senior Justin Rand struck twice over a four-minute span to cut the lead to 11-8. After a Krol goal with 6:43 left, freshman attack Greg Wright and sophomore midfielder Eric Parah sandwiched a goal by Bittlingmaier for a 14-9 lead with 4:23 left in the game.

Geneseo's comeback began at 3:34 with a goal by Cintineo from Costanza, who then scored from Lange with 2:00 remaining and a flag down on the field. Cintineo scored on the resulting man-up situation for Geneseo with 1:30 left and Bittlingmaier dodged a defender and scored on the ensuing face-off to make it 14-13 with 1:19 remaining. Cortland controlled the following face-off, but the Knights forced a turnover with 41 seconds left. After clearing into the attacking zone, it was the Red Dragons turn to force a turnover and run out the final nine seconds of the clock.

Tournament Most Valuable Player DeLuca finished with three goals and won 15-22 face-offs with nine groundballs and four caused turnovers. Tota added three goals and one assist for the Red Dragons with Krol and Burke netting two scores each. Senior Matt Hipenbecker made three saves to post the win in nets.

Bittlingmaier led Geneseo with four goals, Costanza scored two goals and two assists, Cintineo netted three scores, Rand added two goals and one assist and Lange finished with a goal and two helpers. Sophomore Joe May caused four turnovers, first year Joe McCormack scooped five groundballs with three caused turnovers and junior Dennis Costanza took the loss in goal despite making 16 saves.

All-Tournament Team:
Oswego: Judd Robinson, Dan Rogers
Plattsburgh: Matt Maes, Luke Weidlein
Geneseo: Dylan Bittlingmaier, Justin Rand, Joe May
Cortland: Joey Morgan, Mike Tota, Cody Hoyt, Luke Lemon
MVP: Chris DeLuca, Cortland