Plattsburgh vs. Geneseo State
April 4, 2009
The Game Story:
Cardinals Can't Hold Off Nationally Ranked Geneseo in Fourth

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - Visiting Geneseo State used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from a pesky Plattsburgh State squad on a soggy Saturday afternoon at the Fieldhouse Complex, taking a 12-5 victory in the State University of New York Athletic Conference men's lacrosse opener for both schools. The 19th-ranked Blue Knights improve to 6-1 while the Cardinals dip even to 5-5 on the year.

Mike Cintineo led Geneseo with five goals and an assist, and Craig Lange added a goal and four assists.

Luke Weidlein (hat-trick), Patrick Wright and Jimmy Tenny scored for the Cardinals.

With Geneseo leading 7-3, Weidlein scored back-to-back goals with a man-down with 25 seconds left in the third quarter and at even strength 1:47 into the fourth to pull Plattsburgh within 7-5. But the Blue Knights' offense responded with five unanswered goals to end the game and the defense stifled a Plattsburgh attack that is one of the nation's top offensively. Tom Costanza scored consecutive goals 58 seconds apart about a minute after Plattsburgh's last tally to ignite a five-goal fourth quarter.

Matt Billia tied a career-high with 20 saves in a Plattsburgh uniform, facing 43 shots from Geneseo.

Dennis Costanza, who allowed a season-low five goals, made 16 saves for the Blue Knights, who allowed 33 shots.

Lacrosse Box Score (Final); 2009 Cardinals Men's Lacrosse; #19 Geneseo vs Plattsburgh State (Apr 04, 2009 at Plattsburgh, N.Y.)

Geneseo (6-1, 1-0 SUNYAC) vs. SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
Plattsburgh State (5-5, 0-1 SUNYAC) -------------------------------------
Date: Apr 04, 2009 Attendance: 177 Geneseo............. 3 1 3 5 - 12
Weather: Rain Showers, 42 Degrees, Wind WSW 4 mph Plattsburgh State... 1 1 2 1 - 5

Geneseo SCORING: GOALS: Mike Cintineo 5; Tom Costanza 2; Ray Ryan 2; Craig Lange 1; Dylan Bittlingmaier 1; Brendan Kurpis 1. ASSISTS: Craig Lange 4; Justin Rand 2; Mike Cintineo 1; Scott Cost 1; Tom Costanza 1; Mike Ryerson 1.

Plattsburgh State SCORING: GOALS: Luke Weidlein 3; Patrick Wright 1; Jimmy Tenny 1. ASSISTS: Matt Maes 3; Kyle Norchi 1.

SHOTS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Geneseo............. 11 7 14 11 - 43
Plattsburgh State... 11 9 8 5 - 33

GROUND BALLS BY PRD 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Geneseo............. 17 11 15 17 - 60
Plattsburgh State... 14 8 14 6 - 42

FACE-OFFS BY PRD 1 2 3 4 Total
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Geneseo............. 2-5 2-3 4-6 5-6 - 13-20
Plattsburgh State... 3-5 1-3 2-6 1-6 - 7-20

CLEARS BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Total
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Geneseo............. 13-15 6-7 5-6 5-6 - 29-34
Plattsburgh State... 11-12 8-8 6-9 5-6 - 30-35

EXTRA-MAN OPPS 1 2 3 4 Total
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Geneseo............. 0-0 0-1 1-3 2-2 - 3-6
Plattsburgh State... 0-0 0-0 1-1 0-0 - 1-1

SAVES BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Geneseo............. 4 5 4 3 - 16
Plattsburgh State... 6 5 6 3 - 20

PENALTIES - Geneseo 1/1:00; Plattsburgh State 6/5:30; Officials: Mel Tomalty; Peter Bence; Chris Baxter; John Rosch (Clock). Scorer: Plattsburgh SID.
Game Notes: State University of New York Athletic Conference game...Geneseo ranked No. 19 in NCAA Division III Poll (USILA).