Men's Lacrosse Falls At Cortland In NCAA Quarterfinals

May 14, 2008

Middlebury saw its season come to an end with an 11-10 overtime loss at Cortland in an NCAA quarterfinal match-up. Adam Hyde scored with 39 seconds remaining in overtime to lift #2 Cortland to the win against #8 Middlebury. The Red
Dragons improved to 17-1 with their 13th straight win and advance to the national semifinals where they will host Ithaca. The Panthers end their season with an impressive 13-3 mark.

Hyde finished the game with a pair of goals, while Brandon Misiaszek led Cortland with three goals and two assists. Josh Cittadino had two goals and an assist, Joey Morgan scored twice and Ryan Heath and Kyle Simensky each contributed a goal. Chris DeLuca won 10-of-18 face-offs, while goalie Mike Robinson stopped 11 shots.

Jim Cabrera led the Panthers with three goals and two assists. Mike Stone recorded two goals and an assist, while Tom Petty scored a pair of goals. Peter Britt was impressive in goal, making 13 saves on the afternoon.

The largest lead for either team in the game was two goals, which Middlebury held five times in the contest. Cortland led just twice - 10-9 early in the fourth quarter and on Hyde's game-winner in overtime.

Petty and Stone gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead five minutes into the game before Morgan netted his first to make it 2-1. Middlebury then outscored Cortland, 2-1, to finish the quarter with a 4-2 lead.

In the second quarter, Hyde and Cittadino scored 41 seconds apart to pull the Red Dragons even, but the Panthers closed the quarter with two-of-three goals, the last from Petty with 30 seconds on the clock, for a 6-5 lead. The Red Dragons had one goal in each of the first and second quarters waved off due to crease violations.

Frank Granara scored off a long run to open the scoring in the third quarter, but Cittadino and Misiaszek answered to make it a 7-7 game with three minutes, 49 seconds left in the stanza.

The Panthers took the momentum into the final quarter when Jeff Begin scored at 15 seconds and DeLuca took a penalty at nine seconds.

Cabrera then netted a man-up goal 20 seconds into the fourth to put the Panthers up 9-7. Cortland responded with a three-goal outburst in 56 seconds to grab its first lead of the game as Misiaszek sandwiched a pair of goals around Simensky's score. Eleven minutes and 57 seconds still remained on the clock.

Neither team could find the back of the net as the minutes ticked off, and after a Middlebury turnover with just over three minutes left, Cortland tried to maintain possession but eventually turned the ball over at the three-minute mark. On the next possession, Middlebury was whistled for offsides and gave the ball back to Cortland, but the Red Dragons were forced over the end line at 1:33. After a clearing pass to midfield, Stone broke for a goal and tied the game with his 29th goal of the season at 1:16.

The Panthers won the ensuing face-off and missed a shot wide left as the game went into overtime.

Cortland won the face-off to start the extra session, but Britt denied Hyde's shot at 3:20. After the Panthers cleared the ball, they took a timeout to set up a play for Stone. Stone took possession but fired a shot wide at 2:46. Middlebury kept the ball but eventually turned it over with 1:31 on the clock and the Red Dragons called a timeout.

Cortland worked the ball into the box and Misiaszek had it on the right side. He fed a pass to Hyde 20 yards out right in front. Hyde stepped into the shot and beat Britt from 15 yards out with a high bullet into the top corner to send the Red Dragons into the national semifinals for the third straight season.

Scoring (Goals-Assists):
Middlebury: Jim Cabrera 3-2, Mike Stone 2-1, Tom Petty 2-0, Frank Granara 1-0, Jeff Begin 1-0, Rory Sanborn 1-0, Matt Virtue 0-1.

Cortland: Brandon Misiaszek 3-2, Josh Cittadino 2-1, Adam Hyde 2-0, Joey Morgan 2-0, Ryan Heath 1-0, Kyle Simensky 1-0, Billy Fuchs 0-1, Neal Hopps 0-1.

Middlebury: Peter Britt, 13 saves (11 GA in 63:21)
Cortland: Mike Robinson, 11 saves (10 GA in 63:21)

Shots: Cortland 39, Middlebury 37
Ground Balls: Middlebury 35, Cortland 33
Clears: Cortland 14-of-17, Middlebury 17-of-28
Faceoffs Won: Cortland 12, Middlebury 11
Penalties: Cortland 2-1:30, Middlebury 6-3:30
Extra-Man Offense: Cortland 0-6, Middlebury 2-2