---- — PLATTSBURGH —With the score knotted after three quarters, top-ranked Cortland scored five goals in the fourth to defeat the No. 18 Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team, 15-12, in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) opener at the Field House Lacrosse Complex.
It was a bit of a slow start Saturday afternoon as Cortland outscored Plattsburgh State, 5-1, through the first 15 minutes. Joe Slavik opened the scoring for the Red Dragons at 12:09, followed by Billy Davis at 11:13 to put Cortland up 2-0.
Five seconds later, Plattsburgh State’s Joey Kramer cut the deficit in half but Cortland rattled off the next three goals to give the Red Dragons a four-goal lead after the first quarter.
A two-minute unreleasable penalty on Cortland at the 12:55 mark of the second quarter created an opportunity for the Cardinals to jump back into the game. Back-to-back man-up goals from Kramer and Tom Duggan brought the Cardinals within two and brought life to the Plattsburgh State sidelines. The Cardinals continued to carry the momentum at the 10:45 mark when an unassisted effort by Tim Lawrence made it a one-goal game.
Cortland’s Matt Rakoczy scored the next two, stretching the Red Dragons’ lead to three but three straight goals from Nick Travers, Lawrence and Kramer evened the scored at 7-all.
The two teams traded goals one more time before the end of the quarter, closing out the half with the score tied at 8-8.
After two more goals for each side in the third, Patrick Brown gave Cortland another lead at 13:22 of the fourth. The lead was again a short-lived one as Kramer scored his fourth of the afternoon six seconds later to tie it up again.
With the Cardinals unable to gain a lead, the Red Dragons scored the next four to break the game up and take a 15-11 lead. Brendan Damm added an unassisted goal for Plattsburgh State with 1:12 remaining to round out the scoring.
Offensively, the Cardinals were led by Kramer with four goals and Lawrence with the hat trick. Tom Duggan added a pair of goals while Travers and McClelland each tallied three points. Travers also won 16 of 28 face-offs and picked up a team-high 12 ground balls.
Slavik paced the Cortland offense with three goals and four assists. Rakoczy finished the day with four goals while Zach Hopps contributed two goals and three assists for the Red Dragons.
Plattsburgh State outshot Cortland, 38-35, while the Red Dragons had a 27-24 edge in ground balls. The Cardinals went 2 for 4 on extra-man opportunities. Cortland was 3 for 6.
Cardinals’ goalkeeper Gordie Gehring made 12 saves in the loss. Cortland’s Mike Kaminski recorded 16 stops.
The win pushes the Red Dragons to 8-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The Cardinals drop to 8-2 on the year and 0-1 in SUNYAC play.
Plattsburgh State hits the road for its next four games, beginning with a non-conference matchup at St. Lawrence Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Cortland 15, Plattsburgh 12
Cortland 5 3 2 5 — 15
Plattsburgh 1 7 2 2 — 12
Cortland- Matt Rakoczy, 4 goals; Joe Slavik, 3 goals, 4 assists; Zach Hopps, 2 goals, 3 assists; Patrick Brown, 2 goals; Benjamin Dunlavey, 1 goal, 1 assist; James Stavrakis, 1 goal; Brandon Mulholland, 1 goal; Cody Consul, 4 assists; Mike Cantelli, 1 assist.
Plattsburgh- Joey Kramer, 4 goals; Tim Lawrence, 3 goals; Tom Duggan, 2 goals; Nick Travers, 1 goal, 2 assists; Brett McClelland, 1 goal, 2 assists; Brendan Damm, 1 goal; Anthony Pafundi, 1 assist.
Shots: Plattsburgh 38, Cortland 35.
Saves: Mike Kaminski, Cort, 16. Gordie Gehring, PSU, 12.
Ground balls: Cortland 27. Plattsburgh 24.
Turnovers: Cortland 15, Plattsburgh 12.
Clears: Plattsburgh, 17-21. Cortland, 16-18.
Face-offs: Plattsburgh, 16-31. Cortland, 15-31.
Man-up: Cortland, 3-6. Plattsburgh, 2-4.