Stevens Tech vs. Cortland State
April 22, 2006
The Game Story:
HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 22, 2006) – Senior midfielder Matt O’Connell (Camillus, N.Y.) poured in a game-high seven points on six goals and an assist in leading fifth-ranked SUNY Cortland to an 18-7 victory over No. 13 Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday evening at DeBaun Field in Hoboken, N.J. With the win, the Red Dragons extended their winning streak to seven straight games as they improved to 11-2 on the year. The Ducks had their win streak snapped at seven games as they fell to 10-3 overall. Stevens also suffered its first home loss since March 26, 2003 as its 27-game winning streak at DeBaun Field came to an end.

Cortland came flying out of the gates as the Red Dragons grabbed a 5-0 lead less than 12 minutes into the game. O’Connell opened the scoring with an unassisted goal just 13 seconds into the contest. With 10:16 remaining in the opening quarter, sophomore midfielder Josh Cittadino (Baldwin, N.Y.) found the back of the net on a pass from senior attack Brian Atkins (Adams, N.Y.). Following back-to-back goals by senior attack Kyle Lambert (Brentwood, N.Y.), O’Connell scored again to give the Red Dragons a five-goal lead.

Junior midfielder Mark Bielicky (Bridgewater, N.J.) put the Ducks on the board with an unassisted goal with 2:29 remaining in the period. O’Connell pushed the margin to 6-1 with his third goal of the game. Stevens came right back with a goal by sophomore attack J.R. Oreskovich (La Costa, Calif.) with 1:21 left in the first quarter.

Cortland extended its lead to 7-2 early in the second stanza as O’Connell scored an unassisted goal. The Ducks clawed their way back into the game with even-strength goals by junior midfielder Joe Van Sickle (Amherst, N.H.) and Oreskovich. Trailing 7-4 with eight minutes remaining in the half, Stevens had a number of chances to close the gap, but the Ducks were unable to take advantage as they out-shot the Red Dragons 15-5 in the second period. Cortland scored an important goal late in the half as sophomore midfielder Adam Hyde (West Seneca, N.Y.) found the back of the net to give the Red Dragons an 8-4 lead at intermission.

Cortland dominated the second half as the Red Dragons out-scored the Ducks 10-3. After leading 7-4 late in the second quarter, Cortland scored 10 unanswered goals in the span of 22:06 to push its margin to 17-4 with 10 minutes remaining in the contest. Senior midfielder Mike Abbott (Syracuse, N.Y.), junior attack Mike Felice (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), Atkins and O’Connell scored two goals apiece during the run as the Red Dragons pulled away.

Lambert finished with three goals and two assists. Abbott had two goals and four ground balls. He also won eight of 11 faceoffs. Senior goalkeeper Ben Gaebel (Deferiet, N.Y.) allowed five goals and made nine saves in 53 minutes of action for Cortland.

Stevens was led by sophomore attack John Dolny (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Oreskovich, who had two goals and one assist apiece. Van Sickle finished with two goals. Sophomore defender Nick Daniello (Cross River, N.Y.) posted six ground balls and won nine faceoffs. Junior goalkeeper Jack Dunderdale (Ridgefield, Conn.) took the loss as he allowed seven goals in 17 minutes of action. Freshman goalkeeper Burke Reynolds (Fallston, Md.) made eight saves in relief of Dunderdale.

In large part, the game was pretty balanced statistically as Cortland out-shot Stevens 37-35. The Red Dragons also owned a slight advantage in ground balls (38 to 31). The difference in the game was in shot accuracy. Cortland scored 18 goals on 37 shots as the Red Dragons connected on nearly 50.0 percent of their shots. On the other hand, Stevens only scored seven goals on 35 shots (20.0 percent). The Red Dragons were also 3-for-4 in extra-man opportunities.

The Ducks will return to action on Wednesday when they host Montclair State University in the semifinals of the Knickerbocker Lacrosse Conference tournament. Game-time is set for 7 p.m. at DeBaun Field.