CORTLAND, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore attackman James Pratt scored two goals and two assists while junior attackman Dillon Rogers totaled three goals, but it was top-seeded and host Cortland defeating the third-seeded Knights, 13-9, in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship game, Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Cortland opened a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game, but Rogers and sophomore attackman Tim Fallo scored goals to knot the game, 2-2, with 4:56 on the first-quarter clock.
- The Red Dragons held a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and notched the lone two goals of the second to lead, 5-2, at halftime.
- Cortland made it a 6-2 game 50 seconds into the second half before sophomore attackman Cameron Chiodo and first-year midfielder Jake Steffen pulled the Knights within two, 6-4, at the 11:21 mark of the third quarter.
- The Red Dragons re-took a four-goal edge, 9-5, with 4:06 on the clock. Rogers cashed in a Steffan assist with 12 second left in the third, but Cortland won the ensuing face-off and scored with three second left to lead, 10-6, heading into the fourth quarter.
- Fallo opened the final period with a tally at 12:43, but a 3-0 Cortland run over the next 10 minutes put the Knights in a 13-7 deficit that proved insurmountable.
- Cortland out-shot the Knights, 39-33, including 25-13 on goal.
- Junior Tyler Wetzel made 12 saves in goal for Geneseo.
- Cortland won 17-of-25 face-offs.
- Pratt and Fallo joined senior defenseman Jack Crowley on the All-Tournament Team.
- Cortland won its second-straight championship as well as its 11th in the last 12 seasons.
- Geneseo (8-10) qualified for its 13th SUNYAC Tournament in the last 17 years, including its second in the last three seasons. The third-seeded Knights defeated second-seeded Plattsburgh, 11-10, in Wednesday's semifinal to move on to its 10th conference championship game in program history.