Top-ranked SUNY Cortland uses 10-goal boost to defeat No. 14 Union
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Top-ranked SUNY Cortland scored the final 10 goals of the game to defeat 14th-ranked Union 10-1 on Saturday in non-conference action. The Red Dragons improved to 2-0, while the Dutchmen fell to 0-1.
Freshman James Stavrakis led the Cortland offense with four goals, the first scores of his career. Junior Cody Consul registered three goals and one assist, freshman Zach Hopps contributed one goal and one assist, sophomores Mike Cantelli and Billy Davis each netted a goal and sophomore Benjamin Dunlavey distributed three assists.
Senior goalie Mike Kaminski made 15 saves for the Red Dragons, one short of his career high. Freshman Pat Baldwin won 10 of 13 faceoffs and collected a game-high seven ground balls. Junior Brian Winterfeldt recorded three caused turnovers and four ground balls and junior Doug Meehan and sophomore Patrick Brown chipped in with three ground balls apiece.
Sophomore Richard Gregory recorded Union's goal with junior Stephen Melia assisting. Sophomore Adam Sands recorded team highs of five ground balls and two caused turnovers, senior Alex Stone registered four ground balls and Melia added three ground balls. Sophomore goalie Stefan Basile stopped 14 shots.
Gregory gave Union the lead five minutes into the game with a man-down goal. The advantage held up through the first quarter as the Dutchmen led 1-0. From the second quarter on, the game belonged to Cortland. The Red Dragons took control of the contest by outscoring Union 6-0 in the second quarter as Consul and Stavrakis each netted a pair of goals with Stavrakis' scores closing the half to make it 6-1.
Cortland pushed its lead to 8-1 through three quarters when Dunlavey set up goals by Consul at 6:59 and Stavrakis at 1:26. Stavrakis recorded his fourth of the game at 9:32 of the fourth quarter and Davis finished the scoring with an unassisted effort at 6:44.
The Red Dragons won 11 of 15 faceoffs in the game, converted 22 of 23 clears and held the Dutchmen scoreless during the final 54:38.