Nazareth vs. Cortland State
March 25, 2009
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Cortland midfielder Chris DeLuca scored three goals and added three assists and won 12 of 17 face-offs Wednesday as the visiting Red Dragons defeated Nazareth in a non-conference men's lacrosse game, 17-10.

The victory boosted the seventh-ranked Red Dragons' record to 5-1 while the Golden Flyers lost for the third straight time to drop to 3-3 overall. Nazareth opens its Empire 8 Conference schedule Friday at home against Elmira at 5 p.m.

In Wednesday's game, Cortland set the tone early by outscoring Nazareth 5-1 in the opening quarter and dominating the time of possession by winning all seven face-offs. DeLuca scored twice in the first quarter and added an assist and senior midfielder Joey Morgan also scored two goals.

Nazareth got a late first-quarter score from junior Mark DeCirce and a goal midway through the second quarter from sophomore midfielder Scott Castle to cut Cortland's lead to 5-2, but the Red Dragons answered with four straight goals to take a commanding 9-2 advantage. DeLuca scored his third goal of the game in that stretch and the Red Dragons also got goals from junior Brian Krol, freshman Mike Tota and junior Brandon Misiaczek. Castle scored again for Nazareth late in the quarter to make it 9-3 at the half.

Cortland poured it on in the third quarter by scoring six more times, including the second goal of the game for Tota. Conor Duffy, Jay DiStefano, Zack Mulvaney, Justin Battino and Greg Wright also scored. Nazareth countered with goals from DeCirce and freshman C.J. Estes, but Cortland took a 15-5 lead into the final 15 minutes.

In the fourth quarter, Nazareth came back with five goals on 24 shots. Senior midfielder Sean Dennison netted two goals and Estes added his second goal of the game. Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar and Erinn O'Hara also scored. Tota picked up his third goal of the game for Cortland and long-stick defenseman Justin Schneidman scored while the Red Dragons were killing a penalty.

Cortland had 54 shots overall, including 46 in the first three quarters. Nazareth had 44 shots with 24 in the fourth quarter. Along with winning 12 face-offs, DeLuca had a game-high seven ground balls. Sophomore Kyle McLean won 9 of 16 face-offs for Nazareth and junior goalie Todd Dermody played admirably by making 16 saves. Senior goalie Matt Hipenbecker had 10 saves for Cortland.