Rit vs. Cortland State
March 26, 2005
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. ~V Freshman midfielder Adam Hyde (West Seneca/West Seneca
East) scored four goals and assisted on another as Cortland defeated host
RIT, 12-9, in Division III men's lacrosse action. The Red Dragons, ranked
fourth nationally, are now 5-0, while the Tigers drop to 1-4.

Junior midfielder Mike Abbott (Syracuse/Nottingham) and senior attack Adam
Hughes (North Syracuse/Cicero-North Syracuse) each finished with two goals
and one assist and junior attack Brian Atkins (Adams/South Jefferson) scored
twice for the Red Dragons. Junior goalie Ben Gaebel (Deferiet/Carthage) made
six saves. RIT was paced by junior attack David Thering (Fairport), who
finished with three goals and one assist. Junior midfielder Colin Jesien
(Cambridge, MD/Cambridge-South Dorchester) scored three times and freshman
attack Andrew Ruocco (Corning/Corning East) notched two goals and one
assist. Freshman goalie Brad Conlon (Ottawa, Ontario/Bridgeton Academy)
stopped 15 shots, 11 in the first half.

RIT took a 1-0 lead just seven seconds into the game when junior Jacob
Cannan (Irondequoit) won the opening faceoff, grabbed the ground ball and
fed Jesien for a goal. Cortland, however, score four straight goals over the
next 4:36 to take a 4-1 lead. Hughes scored at the 13:45 mark, followed by
goals from Hyde, Atkins and freshman Chris Hannon (Baldwin). RIT closed to
within 4-3 on a Jesien goal with 8:26 left in the first quarter and a Zach
Bednarz (Webster) goal with 18 seconds remaining in the period. Cortland
scored the only goal of the second quarter on an Abbott tally with 5:03
left.

The Cortland lead quickly grew to 9-3 less than six minutes into the second
half. Junior Kyle Lambert (Brentwood) scored off sophomore Ryan Simensky's
(Locust Valley) second assist of the game 1:20 into the third quarter,
followed only 17 seconds later by a Hyde unassisted goal. Hyde, who did not
even take a shot in Cortland's first four games this spring, scored again 42
seconds later, this time off a feed from junior Matt O'Connell
(Camillus/West Genesee), and Atkins converted on an extra-man opportunity,
assisted by Abbott, with 9:24 left. The teams then traded goals as Thering
scored with 5:46 left, while Hughes connected off a Lambert pass with 4:18
remaining.

The hosts pulled within 10-6 on goals by Ruocco and Thering in the first six
minutes of the fourth quarter. Hyde scored with 5:58 left, but the Tigers
answered 25 seconds later on a Thering goal, then used tallies by Ruocco at
the 3:26 mark and Jesien on an extra-man situation with 2:23 left to cut
Cortland's lead to 11-9. Abbott finished the scoring with 52 seconds left.