Still undefeated: Cortland lacrosse mounts late comeback to defeat Ithaca

Junior Nate Beresovoy completed Cortland's comeback in OT (Darl Zehr Photography)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Junior Nate Beresovoy (LaFayette) scored his third goal of the game two minutes, 53 seconds into overtime to cap a furious comeback as nationally ninth-ranked Cortland defeated third-ranked Ithaca, 12-11, Wednesday night in men's lacrosse action at the Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons improved to 7-0 with the win, while the Bombers suffered their first loss and dropped to 8-1 as the teams played their fourth overtime game in the last five meetings.

Sophomore Joey Panariello (Islip) led Cortland with four goals and one assist. Junior Thomas McNaney (Marcellus) netted three goals and added an assist. Senior T.J. deLyra (Brightwaters/Bay Shore) scored twice, junior Devin Phelps (Chittenango) recorded three assists, and sophomore Dean Riley (Homer) chipped in with an assist.

Junior goalie Joe Scalise (Fairport) registered 12 saves for the Red Dragons. Junior Trevor Pratt (Colorado Springs, CO/Colorado Academy) caused five turnovers and collected three ground balls. Senior Mike Hart (Cornelius, NC/Hough) scooped up five ground balls, McNaney and Phelps each secured four ground balls and deLyra and senior Anthony Zangari (Lancaster, PA/Lancaster Catholic) had three ground balls each.

Senior John Januszkiewicz (Orchard Park) led the Bombers with three goals and one assist. Junior Jake Cotton (Framingham, MA) tallied two goals and two assists. Sophomore Will Witter (West Hartford, CT/Hall) scored a pair of goals, senior Jack Shumway (South Hadley, MA/Williston Northampton) and sophomore Conner Crosson (Huntington/Cold Spring Harbor) each contributed one goal and one assist, and junior Kaelan Fitzpatrick (Sherbarn, MA/Gould Academy) and sophomore Josh Della Puca (Pleasantville) scored one goal apiece.

Senior goalie Jack Deragon (Fort Washington, PA/Upper Dublin) made 13 saves. Junior Steven Landspurg (Kinnelon, NJ) won 7-of-8 faceoffs and collected six ground balls. Senior Grant Osadchey (Ithaca) won eight faceoffs and secured five ground balls. Junior Keith Morrissey (Huntington Station/Walt Whitman) caused four turnovers and scooped seven ground balls.

After an uneventful first half of the opening quarter, the Bombers went on a 6-0 run in a four-minute span before the Red Dragons finally got on the scoreboard at the 43-second mark. Ithaca, however, scored with three seconds remaining and took a 7-1 lead into the second quarter. Cotton made it an 8-1 game, but Panariella netted back-to-back goals to cut the Cortland deficit to 8-3 with 6:47 left in the half. The Bombers answered with goals from Crosson and Januszkiewicz in the final two minutes to build a 10-3 advantage at intermission.

Panariello netted his third goal of the game to open the scoring in the third quarter, but Witter scored a man-up goal at 9:12 for what seemed a commanding 11-4 lead. DeLyra and Beresovoy closed the quarter with goals at 5:45 and 1:06, respectively, to being Cortland's eight-goal run, but Red Dragons still trailed, 11-6, with 15 minutes of regulation remaining.

The comeback continued into the fourth quarter as McNaney scored three of Cortland's next four goals and the Red Dragons were within 11-10 with 4:12 on the clock.Cortland won the ensuing faceoff and Panariello tied the game at 3:17 with his fourth goal of the contest. The Red Dragons secured possession on the next faceoff but turned the ball over with just under three minutes remaining. Ithaca worked a good clear and called timeout with 1:35 on the clock. Out of the timeout, Ithaca was eventually put on the timer and Scalise denied Della Puca's shot. The teams then traded turnovers until Ithaca held possession with just under 10 seconds remaining. Januszkiewicz bounced a shot high with four seconds left, and Scalise made an easy save on Crosson's long, high shot at the horn.

Cortland won the opening faceoff of overtime and called timeout. The Red Dragons worked more than 30 seconds off the clock before McNaney attempted a shot on the left side that was blocked with possession going to the Bombers. Ithaca cleared the ball but turned it over after a timeout. Cortland gained possession and worked a good clear to set up Beresovoy's game winner. Working the ball around, Beresovoy eventually ended up with it on the left side of the cage and bounced a quick shot between Deragon's legs to complete the comeback.

Cortland 12, Ithaca 11 (OT)


Team 1-2-3-4-OT Final
Ithaca 7-3-1-0-0 11
Cortland 1-2-3-5-1 12

Scoring (Goals-Assists):
Ithaca: John Januszkieicz 3-1, Jake Cotton 2-2, Will Witter 2-0, Jack Shumway 1-1, Conner Crosson 1-1, Kaelan Fitzpatrick 1-0, Josh Della Puca 1-0, Owen Smith 0-1
Cortland: Joey Panariello 4-1, Thomas McNaney 3-1, Nate Beresovoy 3-0, T.J. deLyra 2-0, Devin Phelps 0-3, Dean Riley 0-1

Ithaca: Jack Deragon, 13 saves (12 GA in 62:53)
Cortland: Joe Scalise, 12 saves (11 GA in 61:43), Jake Craybas, 0 saves (0 GA in 1:10)

Shots: Ithaca 44, Cortland 37
Ground Balls: Ithaca 47, Cortland 33
Turnovers: Ithaca 22, Cortland 21
Caused Turnovers: Ithaca 10, Cortland 9
Clears: Cortland 14-of-23, Ithaca 11-of-20
Faceoffs Won: Ithaca 15, Cortland 9
Penalties: Ithaca 6-4:00, Cortland 3-2:30
Extra-Man Offense: Ithaca 1-3, Cortland 1-6

Records after game: Cortland (Red Dragons) 7-0 (ranked 9th in Div. III); Ithaca (Bombers) 8-1 (ranked 3rd in Div. III)