No. 1 Cortland State scores nine goals in second half to beat Oneonta 13-6
ONEONTA, N.Y. -- No. 1 Cortland State broke open a tight game at the half by outscoring Oneonta 9-3 during the final 30 minutes to earn a 13-6 road conference win Saturday afternoon. The visiting Red Dragons improved to 10-0 overall and 2-0 in the State University of New York Athletic Conference, while the host Red Dragons dropped to 2-8 and 0-2 in the SUNYAC.
Cody Consul paced Cortland's offense with six points on four goals and two assists. Matt Savlov tallied a season-high three goals, Matt Rakoczy scored twice and Joe Slavik recorded one goal and one assist. Tyler Chin, Mike Cantelli and Zach Hopps each netted one goal.
Goalie Mike Kaminski registered 11 saves. Pat Baldwin won 13 of 20 faceoffs and collected a game-high 11 ground balls. Hopps scooped up four ground balls with Rakoczy, Slavik and Brian Winterfeldt recording three apiece. Winterfeldt also chipped in with an assist.
Daniel Stern and Devon Casey led Oneonta with two goals each. K.J. Theofield and Alex Haffner netted one goal apiece, Connor Coyle had two assists and Jim van de Veerdonk chipped in with one assist. Van de Veerdonk also finished with a team-high six ground balls, while Scott Sorrillo added five and Coyle collected four. Goalie Chris Miles stopped 20 shots.
Oneonta led 2-1 at the end of the first quarter. Cantelli gave Cortland a 1-0 lead at the 13:24 mark, but Casey and Stern netted goals just six seconds apart four minutes later. Rakoczy and Theofield traded goals to open the second quarter before Savlov and Rakoczy scored inside of two minutes to give Cortland a 4-3 lead at intermission.
Casey tied the score at 4 at 13:13 of the third quarter, but Cortland put together four consecutive goals from four different players for what seemed like a comfortable 8-4 lead at the 6:36 mark of the third. Oneonta closed the quarter with two of the final three goals and trailed just 9-6 enterting the final 15 minutes of action.
Cortland dominated the fourth quarter to pull away and secure the victory, outscoring Oneonta 4-0 while winning four of five faceoffs and owning a decisive 16-6 advantage in shots. Consul recorded half of his points on two goals and one assist in the quarter.