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SUNY Cortland Athletics | April 2, 2014

No. 8 Cortland earns overtime victory against No. 11 Ithaca, wins 8-7

  Junior Matt Rakoczy (left) celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Junior Matt Rakoczy scored one minute, 20 seconds into overtime to give eighth-ranked SUNY Cortland a come-from-behind 8-7 victory at 11th-ranked Ithaca on Wednesday night in non-conference action. The Red Dragons improved to 7-3 with the win, while the Bombers fell to 7-3.

Rakoczy, junior Mike Cantelli and freshman Nate Beresovoy led Cortland with two goals and one assist each. Junior Benjamin Dunlavey and sophomore Zach Hopps added one goal apiece and junior Hunter Osborne contributed one assist.

Junior goalie Scott Tota registered 10 saves for the Red Dragons.

Seven different players notched a goal for Ithaca with James Manilla tallying a goal and two assists and Pat Slawta and Jake Long each chipping in with one goal and one assist. Goalie Scott Sidnam made seven saves. Brandon Henne won 15-of-19 faceoffs and collected seven ground balls.

Ithaca jumped on top quickly as Henne won the opening faceoff and scored just 11 seconds into the game. Justin Bird made it a 2-0 score at the 9:59 mark before Cantelli's first of the night pulled Cortland to within 2-1. Long upped the Bombers' lead to 3-1 at the end of the first quarter with his score at 6:50. Slawta netted the lone goal of the second quarter, and Ithaca held a 4-1 lead at the half.

The Red Dragons responded by out scoring Ithaca, 4-0, in the third quarter for a 5-4 advantage as four different players found the back of the net to set up a penalty-filled, back-and-forth fourth quarter that eventually led to overtime. The teams combined for nine penalties, seven whistled on Cortland, over the final 15 minutes of regulation.

Jimmy Ryan tied the game for Ithaca with a man-up goal at 12:40 of the quarter as the Bombers held a two-man advantage. Beresovoy's first of the game at 9:06 gave Cortland back a one-goal lead, 6-5. Long then assisted James Manilla's man-up goal at 5:02 to knot the game at 6-all before Beresovoy tallied a man-up score at 2:33 to put the Red Dragons back in front 7-6. The Bombers won the ensuing faceoff but turned the ball over with 1:32 to play. Cortland gave the ball back to Ithaca with 55 seconds remaining, and, after a timeout, John Januszkiewicz sent the game into overtime with his goal 14 seconds before the end of regulation.

The Red Dragons won the faceoff to start overtime and called timeout. After play resumed, Sidnam made a save on Beresovoy's shot, but Rakoczy followed up with the game-winner seconds later to give Cortland the 8-7 victory.