Cortland men’s lacrosse earns top SUNYAC seed

Junior Dean Riley finished with two goals and three assists (Darl Zehr Photography)

POTSDAM, N.Y. – Eleven different players scored goals as the Cortland men’s lacrosse team earned the top seed in the upcoming SUNYAC Tournament with a 19-8 victory at Potsdam Saturday afternoon. The Red Dragons improved to 10-6 overall and 5-1 in the conference, while the Bears ended their season at 4-11 and 1-5.

Graduate student Devin Phelps (Chittenango) led all scorers with six points on five goals and one assist for Cortland. Sophomore Danny Caroussos (Smithtown/Smithtown West) notched a career-best three goals, junior Dean Riley (Homer) totaled five points on two goals and three assists and junior Terrence Haggerty (Centerport/Harborfields) netted a pair of goals.

Senior Trevor Pratt (Denver, CO/Colorado Academy) and junior Joey Panariello (Islip) each recorded one goal and two assists, while seniors Nate Beresovoy (LaFayette) and Eddie Eddington (Geneva) and freshmen Jon Ecker (Macedon/Wayne), Brandon Stiles (Mastic/Eastport-South Manor) and David Biank (Roxbury, NJ) scored one goal each. For Ecker, the goal was the first of his Red Dragon career. Senior Tyler Brown (Camillus/West Genesee) chipped in with two assists, and four others each added one assist, including sophomore Michael Carrello (Bethpage) who notched his first career point as a Red Dragon.

Senior goalie Joe Scalise (Fairport) made three saves through the first three quarters. Sophomore Jake Craybas (Bethel, CT) played the fourth quarter in the cage, stopping four shots. Sophomore Brian Williams (Holtsville/Sachem East) won 12-of-15 faceoffs and collected eight ground balls. Freshman Kevin Tiedemann (Port Jefferson Station/Comsewogue) won 7-of-9 faceoffs as the Red Dragons were successful on 23-of-31 attempts in the game.

Pratt scooped up six ground balls, Caroussos and Haggerty collected three ground balls and freshman Jacob Rivers (Homer) also secured three ground balls. Freshman Tristan Hogan (Westhampton Beach) caused three turnovers, and seniors Michael O’Connor (Ossining) and Justin Siracusa (Sayville) each recorded two caused turnovers.

Eric Soderquist paced Potsdam with two goals and one assist. Josh Huiatt also netted two goals, while Nick Slate, Ryan Waldron, Nick Orsini and Gabe Carbone each scored a goal. Tayte Murray registered two assists, and Cole Zeller and Lukas Baildon chipped in with one assist apiece.

Zach Sheridan started in goal for the Bears, making 11 saves in 45 minutes. Sean Coe stopped two shots in 10:47, and Mike Nowak registered one save in 4:13. Huiatt finished with six ground balls, Soderquist added five ground balls and Ryan Canham and Colby Chapman collected three ground balls each.

Cortland 19, Potsdam 8

GAME SUMMARY:

Team 1-2-3-4 Final
Cortland 4-5-6-4 19
Potsdam 1-1-2-4 8

Scoring (Goals-Assists):
Cortland: Devin Phelps 5-1, Danny Caroussos 3-0, Dean Riley 2-3, Terrence Haggerty 2-0, Joey Panariello 1-2, Trevor Pratt 1-2, Eddie Eddington 1-0, Nate Beresovoy 1-0, Jon Ecker 1-0, Brandon Stiles 1-0, David Biank 1-0, Tyler Brown 0-2, Thomas McNaney 0-1, Liam Erickson 0-1, Michael Carrello 0-1, Corey McMahon 0-1
Potsdam: Eric Soderquist 2-1, Josh Huiatt 2-0, Nick Slate 1-0, Ryan Waldron 1-0, Nick Orsini 1-0, Gabe Carbone 1-0, Tayte Murray 0-2, Cole Zeller 0-1, Lukas Baildon 0-1

Goalkeepers:
Cortland: Joe Scalise, 3 saves (4 GA in 45:00), Jake Craybas, 4 saves (4 GA in 15:00)
Potsdam: Zach Sheridan, 11 saves (15 GA in 45:00), Sean Coe, 2 saves (4 GA in 10:47), Mike Nowak, 1 save (0 GA in 4:13)

Shots: Cortland 52, Potsdam 37
Ground Balls: Cortland 49, Potsdam 27
Turnovers: Potsdam 23, Cortland 21
Caused Turnovers: Cortland 13, Potsdam 11
Clears: Cortland 19-of-21, Potsdam 19-of-26
Faceoffs Won: Cortland 23, Potsdam 8
Penalties: Potsdam 8-7:00, Cortland 6-6:00
Extra-Man Offense: Cortland 6-8, Potsdam 2-6

Records after game: Cortland (Red Dragons) 10-6, 5-1 SUNYAC, Potsdam (Bears) 4-11, 1-5 SUNYAC