Cortland tops Gettysburg for DIII Championship, 9-7

Cortland tops Gettysburg for DIII Championship, 9-7

Cortland tops Gettysburg for DIII Championship, 9-7

Cortland tops Gettysburg for DIII Championship, 9-7

The Cortland Red Dragons captured the DIII National Championship by topping the Gettysburg Bullets, 9-7.

FOXBOROUGH, MASS. - Junior Brandon Misiaszek (New Hartford) scored a career-high five goals and was named the Most Outstanding Player as the nationally fourth-ranked Cortland men's lacrosse team won its second NCAA Division III title since 2006 with a 9-7 victory over fifth-ranked Gettysburg College at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Red Dragons finished 2009 at 19-2, setting a school record for wins in a season, and handed third-year head coach Steve Beville his 200th career victory. The Bullets had their 14-game winning streak snapped and finished 16-4.

Junior Brian Krol (Niskayuna) was the only other Cortland player to score more than one goal, netting two in the game. Senior Joey Morgan (Putnam Valley) and freshman Mike Tota (Webster/Webster Schroeder) each recorded a goal and an assist. Tota finished the season with 49 goals, just one short of becoming the seventh player in school history to score 50 in a season. Junior Tom Burke (Massapequa), sophomore Chris DeLuca (Sayville) and freshman Greg Wright (Irondequoit) chipped in with one assist apiece. Burke added a game-high seven ground balls, while DeLuca won 9-of-14 faceoffs. Senior goalie Matt Hipenbecker (Mountain Lakes, NJ) recorded 10 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter.

Senior Zach Pucci (Ridewood, NJ) and junior Kyle McGrath (Randolph, NJ) led Gettysburg with two goals each. Junior Joe Brody (Bethesda, MD/Walter Johnson) had a goal and two assists, senior Tom O'Donnell (Montgomeryville, PA/La Salle College) registered a goal and an assist and junior Josh Reichert (Englewood, CO/Kent School) scored once. Senior Tommy Kehoe (Coraopolis, PA/Sewickley Academy) and sophomore Danno Lynch (Medfield, MA/Avon Old Farms (CT)) contributed one assist apiece. Senior Zach Furshman (Miami, FL/Kent School (CT)) stopped 12 shots in goal.

The Bullets opened up a 4-2 lead after the first quarter as the Red Dragons turned the ball over four times and were outshot, 12-7. Reichert gave Gettysburg a 1-0 lead at 13 minutes, 24 seconds before Misiaszek tied the game with his first of the day at 12:18. McGrath then netted back-to-back goals for the Bullets for a 3-1 lead, but Krol came back with his 40th goal of the season just nine seconds later after a Cortland faceoff win. Pucci closed the scoring in the first off Brody's assist at 3:24.

After that, the Cortland defense took over the game, holding the Bullets without a goal in the second and third quarters as the scoreless drought spanned a total of 38:03. During that time, The Red Dragons were able to tie the game at the half as Tota and Misiaszek each scored. In the third quarter, Cortland pushed its lead to 9-4 as it outscored Gettysburg, 5-0, making it a 7-0 run. Misiaszek scored the first two goals of the third, followed by Morgan's 31st goal of the season and Krol's man-up goal at 3:56. Misiaszek's biggest goal of the game came as the clock was winding down in the third. He possessed the ball behind the cage, made a move on the right side and deposited a shot past Furshman into the upper corner with two seconds on the clock.

Regarding Misiaszek, Beville said, "He played outstanding. There's a reason why he was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the game today because his performance was just that. It's been like that all year for us -- pick your poison."

The Bullets refused to quit, however, and cut the lead to 9-5 on O'Donnell's goal at 10:21, Gettysburg's first score since the first quarter. After the score, the Red Dragons worked the clock in an attempt to shorten the game and retained the four-goal cushion inside the five-minute mark. The Bullets cut the gap to 9-6 at 4:09 when Lynch assisted Pucci's score at 4:09 and forced a turnover inside a minute. That led to a fast break and a Brody goal at 27 seconds to make it a 9-7 game. Gettysburg won the ensuing faceoff but didn't have a good look and Cortland closed out the game for its second national championship in four years.

Misiaszek's success came from taking advantage of his situation on the field. "I was going hard all game," he said. "Then they didn't switch the pole to me and I felt I could take the shorty and I did."

For Hipenbecker, his 10 saves in the title game capped an outstanding run for him in the NCAA playoffs as he registered 40 saves and allowed 31 goals. After the rough first quarter, the defense clamped down and turned the momentum of the game. "We stepped it up (in the second quarter). We started talking and causing turnovers. When you know when the first, second and third slide is going to be, you can go push out and be aggressive."

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That Third Quarter Killed Gettysburg
    by (#136419) on 5/24/09 @3:52PM
No doubt about it. Other than that, G-Burg played well enough to win. I went to G-Burg, so I am disappointed. But kudos to Cortland. They stepped it up in the Third Quarter and held the Bullets off in the Fourth. Cortland's keeper was money in the Fourth Quarter. So Coach Hank remains arguably the most successful coach in College Lacrosse History who hasn't won a title.
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    by (#165751) on 5/24/09 @4:02PM
what a disappointment....the helmets are what killed you, Gburg. get some new ones
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    by (#128943) on 5/24/09 @4:53PM
The 3rd quarter didn't help, but the 2nd quarter was no better!!! Cortland was WAY better, Gettysburg had no business in the finals, disappointing end to the year, not even a good game, just like yesterday in Division One. Gettysburg was soft as usual in big games.
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That's Right About The Second Quarter!
    by (#136419) on 5/24/09 @6:48PM
G-Burg didn't score in the 2nd Quarter either. It's just that Cortland really turned it on in the Third Quarter. You are right that the Bullets are often soft in the big games.
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    by (#72945) on 5/24/09 @7:15PM
soft in big games? you dont think all the games leading up to this were big? they lost by 2 goals to a team with a historic program. you are an idiot if you think this was a soft game, yea they hit a wall in the second and third quarter, but they came out more fired up then ive ever seen. just becuase cortlands goalie and defense stepped it up big time doesnt mean they played a soft game
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tarhell didn't watch the game
    by (#128943) on 5/24/09 @7:22PM
If you watched you would know it was a blow out, 9-4 entering the 4th, Cortland was toying with them, it was never in doubt. They outshot Gettysburg 27-5 in the 2nd and 3rd. The South as a whole was very soft this year.
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    by (#209296) on 5/24/09 @6:21PM
its funny how uva got crushed when they switched thier helmets.
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    by (#78222) on 5/25/09 @6:53AM
Then they got crushed again in the "new" ones..
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All 3 titles in NY
    by (#3651) on 5/24/09 @6:11PM
'nuff said!
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You got it!
    by (#1248) on 5/24/09 @8:41PM
They shouldn't have even played lacrosse south of NY this year in D1, D2, and D3 in fact all programs south of Long Island should be cancelled. Why even bother, there is no lacrosse north of Baltimore. I would say all high school and college programs just cancel their shchedules and watch game tapes of real players all year. Hopefully college lacrosse will wake up and split all divisions into north and south from here on out and the North title will be the only one recognized and the south will be the equivalent of club champs. That may sound harsh but in light of NY's dominance this year I am not even sure any teams south of Hofstra should still be allowed to field programs. I guess it will never happen, but in my opinion anyone south of Long Island should put all their equipment on eBay so the real players up north can buy it and the game can flourish the way it was meant to!
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You know what's really sad?
    by (#188917) on 5/24/09 @9:08PM
You might actually be serious about what you just wrote.

You know there's help out there for people like yourself, right?
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    by (#133238) on 5/24/09 @10:01PM
wow you dont have a boner for ny lax or anything. you gotta be kidding me dude.
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    by (#221127) on 5/24/09 @10:24PM
are u a retarded person? cuz that would explain things
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Next Year
    by (#52557) on 5/25/09 @8:37AM
Enjoy it this year, because Salisbury will be back next year to reclaim their hold on the National Championship.
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Not a Sea Gulls fan but...
    by (#188917) on 5/25/09 @11:40AM
...bigtoe is right. SU will be loaded next season and will probably win it all again.

They will have challengers, of course (like Cortland again, etc.), but teams like Stevenson for example lost too many seniors, especially on the midfield, to make another run like they did this season.
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Gulls are done
    by (#128943) on 5/26/09 @9:57AM
Salisbury's run is over. They were awful this year. Losing to teams like Stevenson (twice!?!?!?!), I can't imagine how badly Cortland would have beaten both of those teams.

Gettysburg was the best team in the south and were completely uncompetitive against Cortland. The Red Dragons return a lot of talent and will likely win it again next year.

If it isn't Cortland it will be another team from up north, WNEC, Ithaca, NESCAC team or Geneseo. This year proved that the power has shifted up north, a team like Gettysburg wouldn't have gotten past the first round in the northern bracket, and Salisbury and Stevenson wouldn't have even made the tournament if they played up north.

That doesn't even address a team like Roanoke, most overrated program year in and year out, who beat up on weak teams in their weak league and then embarrass themselves in the tournament, if they can even make it.
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Let's Ease Up on the North Talk Taftie
    by (#221930) on 5/26/09 @1:48PM
G'burg gave Cortland a better game than Middlebury did...

so let's settle down on the north being so dominant

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Re: Let's Ease Up on the North Talk Taftie
    by (#128943) on 5/26/09 @3:55PM
Nah, about the same actually. Neither game was that great.

Cortland ran away with the Gettysburg game pretty early in the 3rd quarter and lead 9-4. The Middlebury game was actually close for a while and 8-7 midway through the 3rd quarter. Though I agree that Cortland dominated both in the end. But don't kid yourself that Gettysburg gave them a better game, they were embarrassed in the 2nd and 3rd quarter and the 4th quarter was garbage time.

Keep in mind that Gettysburg was already blown out by Cortland, so this was their second chance.
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    by (#1248) on 5/25/09 @9:48PM
Are you telling me you kids couldn't pick up on the sarcasm? There are people on here that believe no good lacrosse is played south of New York, I was mocking those people.
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Predict Who Wins It All In DIII In 2010
    by (#136419) on 5/26/09 @2:52PM
Will Salisbury bounce back? Will Stevenson take more steps forward? Will Gettysburg finally do it? Will Cortland repeat? Will Middlebury return to their glory days? I guess it all depends on how much talent each team has coming back.
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