SUNY Cortland tops No. 12 Union
Wright tallies two goals, assist to lead Red Dragons
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Greg Wright and Cody Consul each scored a pair of goals to lead No. 3 SUNY Cortland to a 6-4 win against No. 12 Union on Saturday afternoon. The Red Dragons improved to 2-0 with the win, while the Dutchmen fell to 0-1.
Wright also added an assist for a game-high three points for Cortland. Joe Slavik recorded a goal and an assist, and Brian Winterfeldt netted a goal. Mike Tota and Billy Davis each chipped in with an assist.
Nick Jarvis won seven of nine faceoffs as Cortland won 10 of 14 overall. Doug Meehan collected a game-high six ground balls, and Jack Kennedy scooped up four ground balls. Mike Kaminski made seven saves.
Nolan Connors led Union with two goals. Rob Santangelo contributed a goal and an assist, Ted McKenna tallied a goal and Kyle Christine had an assist. Sean Aaron stopped 15 shots and led the Dutchmen with four ground balls. Matt Livingston recorded a game-high five forced turnovers.
Cortland took a 2-0 lead after the first quarter on a pair of Consul goals. He netted an unassisted score at 10:57 and then took a feed from Wright and beat Aaron at 9:36. Wright connected for the only goal of the second quarter at 7:16 just 22 seconds into a man-up attempt with Tota collecting the assist, and Cortland led 3-0 at the break.
The Dutchmen closed to within 3-2 after the third quarter. Connors netted an unassisted goal 50 seconds into the quarter and Christine fed McKenna for his goal at 6:55. The Red Dragons pushed their lead to 6-2 with the first three goals of the fourth quarter. Wright finished off a pass from Slavik at 12:49 on the fast break, Winterfeldt scored at 8:02 after an end-to-end clear and Davis assisted Slavik's goal at 6:32.
After a Union timeout, the Dutchmen pulled to within 6-4 as Santangelo scored unassisted at 5:06 and then set up Connors' second goal at 3:49 forcing a Cortland timeout. Jarvis won the ensuing faceoff but Cortland eventually turned the ball over with 2:14 remaining. Union, however, gave the ball right back after a successful clear and Cortland had possession with 1:31 left.
The Red Dragons worked the clock and were able to retain possession after an offsides penalty was whistled on Union with 46 seconds remaining. Cortland possessed the ball until the 12-second mark but the Dutchmen turned the ball over one last time to end the game.