Cortland flies past Nazareth 15-6
Four Red Dragons post at least three points in dominating win
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Trailing 4-3 early in the second quarter, fifth-ranked Cortland went on a 10-0 scoring binge to take control as it easily defeated host Nazareth 15-6 in non-conference action Monday afternoon. The Red Dragons improved to 8-2, while the Golden Flyers had a five-game winning streak snapped while falling to 8-3.
Junior Mike Tota paced Cortland with three goals and an assist. Senior Jay DiStefano scored three times and junior Greg Wright recorded a game-high five points on two goals and three assists. Also with strong performances, senior Neal Hopps had two goals and an assist, senior Eric Martin scored twice and senior Chris DeLuca registered three assists and won 8 of 12 faceoffs. Senior Justin Schneidman recorded five caused turnovers and six ground balls.
Freshman goalie Scott Tota ran his record to 4-0, making five saves in 55:06. Sophomore Mike Kaminski played the final 4:54 and turned aside four shots.
Senior Scott Castle scored a pair of goals for Nazareth while senior Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar and freshman Trevar Haefele each had a goal and two assists. Sophomore goalie Tim Doyle made seven saves in 43:25.
Cortland took a 3-0 lead less than five minutes into the game as junior Eric Richards opened the scoring and Tota netted back-to-back man-up goals. The Golden Flyers battled back to tie the game at the end of the first quarter as Castle sandwiched goals around Jacobs-Ferderbar's score.
Haefele then gave Nazareth its only lead of the game with an unassisted goal 47 seconds into the second quarter, but the Red Dragons took control. Cortland closed the half with six consecutive goals from five different players and led 9-4 at the break.
The Red Dragons poured in the first four goals of the third quarter, again spreading the offense as four different players scored to make it a 10-goal run and a commanding 13-4 lead. DeLone finally stopped the streak with a goal with one second remaining in the stanza.
Wright opened the scoring for Cortland in the fourth quarter, before Nazareth's Wright netted his goal midway through the stanza. Hopps finished the scoring at the 6:46 mark for the nine-goal final.