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Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: May 17, 2015, 08:44:01 pm »
I watched that baseball game amh63 and I thought of you at various times during the contest. First, how happy you would be that the LJ's beat the top team in the country as the 5-0 lead late in the game seemed insurmountable. Later how disappointed you would be that the LJ's let a nice lead disappear and lost it in the last few frames. Got to hand it to Cortland as they came back from deficits in their first 3 games to win them all.  Rooting for the Red Dragons to win the D3 World Series.

I must confess that "The Big Doorstop" is a phrase I first heard used by Gregory Sager over on the D3hoops boards and have borrowed it on occasion. Greg is "The Man" when it comes to inventing novel expressions on the D3 boards. I wish I could remember his Titanic references as they were classic Sager.

Tufts didn't just beat #1 RIT they appeared to handle them pretty easily after a close first half. The Jumbos seem to have the Tiger's number having beaten them 4 of the last 5 times in the NCAA tournament. Need Tufts to win the Championship so the title resides in the Northeast. Lynchburg will be a tough opponent. Should be a good game. 

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: May 17, 2015, 06:20:40 pm »
Cortland Girls defeat Catholic in a hard fought game by a final score of 13-12 Sunday afternoon. Cortland dominated the first half and led by a 9-2 score but the Cardinal ladies rallied in the 2nd half. After the teams traded 2 goals each and Catholic was still down by 7 goals at 11-4, the Cardinals ripped off 3 goals in 52 seconds to make it a game. They scored again with 14 minutes left to make it 11-8 but the Red Dragons answered 83 seconds later to make it 12-8. Catholic scored a pair of goals with about 5 minutes left to make it 12 -10 but Cortland won the ensuing draw control and scored with 3:58 left which ended up being the game winner. Catholic scored with 1:24 left and again with just 54 seconds to pull within 1 goal. The Cardinals had one last chance to tie it up when Cortland, attempting to run out the clock turned the ball over with 10 seconds to play. Catholic failed to get a shot off, however when a pass across the crease went awry and Cortland held on to make it to the Final Four for the 5th consecutive year.

Middlebury is joining the Red Dragons in the Final Four as Missy Foote's final season continues. In a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicates the Panthers defeated York(Pa.) 10-8.

The teams traded goals in the early going and the Spartans were up 3-2 with 14:25 left in the half. Middlebury got serious at that point and scored 5 unanswered goals with 3 of them coming in a 2 minute burst. After a 4 minute span with no goals, the Panthers tacked on 2 more and kept York off the scoreboard for the rest of the period, to take a 7-3 lead into the break.

The lead grew to 9-4 after 10 minutes of the 2nd half and the Spartans fought to get back into the game with a pair of goals over the next 10 minutes to make it 9-6 with just under 10 minutes to play. Defense took over and the next 6 minutes were scoreless until Bridget Instrum scored her 4th goal of the game with 3:22 to play to make it 10-6. With a 4 goal lead the Panthers gave up a couple of late goals to make the final of 10-8. Middlebury advances to the Final Four for the 15th time.

Trinity(Conn.) gives the NESCAC another Final Four participant as they will take on Franklin & Marshall in the other semifinal.

Look like amh63 had a big day at Gettysburg. Sorry to hear that T-storms spoiled part of the day. You did get to meet an awful lot of people though. You are quite the social gadabout.

Not happy that Middlebury has to play Cortland in the National Semifinals. Torn loyalties. May have to root for the Panthers even though I'm a SUNYAC guy. Would love to see the Cortland Red Dragons win a National Championship since they have been so close in the past 4 years but would also love to see Vandy's sister-in-law, Missy Foote, go out with a bang by winning the National Championship. I think Cortland has the better chance to go all the way but anything can happen at this point with all 4 teams left capable of winning the Big Doorstop.     

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: May 16, 2015, 07:25:11 pm »
Got to see a few minutes of a feature on the Middlebury Women's Lacrosse team last night on the local Plattsburgh TV station. Missy Foote was interviewed as well as several of the players on the team. They seemed to be confident going into today's match against Hamilton. Think it was filmed a couple of days ago.

The Middlebury-Hamilton just ended a few minutes ago and the Panthers defeated Hamilton by an 18-10 final score. Hamilton scored first but then the Panthers rolled to an 8-1 lead. Hamilton came back to make it 9-5 at the break. Middlebury then opened up a 15-7 lead with about 15 minutes left to play and coasted to the win. They will play York (Pa.), who beat host Gettysburg 8-7, tomorrow at 2:30 PM.

#2 Cortland State had an easy time against Augustana (Ill.) as they beat the Vikings 21-2. The Red Dragons scored 4 goals in the first 4 minutes of the game and the rout was on. Cortland led 15-0 at the half and 19-0 before Augustana finally got on the board. Cortland will take on Catholic tomorrow at 1:00 PM. Catholic was a 21- 8  winner over Mount Union. 

New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« on: May 16, 2015, 06:43:01 pm »
Cortland well on their way to winning the New York Regional as they lead RPI 7-0 in the bottom of the 8th.

New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« on: May 16, 2015, 02:04:05 pm »
Red Dragons are the comeback kids of this regional. Glad I have a strong heart as they have had my ticker in overdrive throughout their 3 games. One more win and 2 chances to get it. Hope they do it later tonight.

 Red Dragon Ladies Lacrosse team advanced as well this morning with a shellacking of Augustana (Ill.) 21-2.

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: May 13, 2015, 07:51:03 pm »
Cortland men fall to #1 RIT 18-7 in the NCAA Quarterfinals. 1st half was a tightly contested affair as the teams took turns gaining the lead on 4 different occasions with RIT ending up with a 6-5 halftime edge. The Tigers extended their lead to 9-5 in the 3rd before Cortland scored twice to make it 9-7. That would be the Red Dragons last hurrah however as RIT got one more in the 3rd and scored 8 unanswered goals in the 4th quarter to win going away. Cortland ends up with a 16-5 final record and tied for 5th place nationally. RIT will now face Tufts in the National Semifinals on Sunday.

New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« on: May 13, 2015, 07:39:30 pm »
Watched much of the Cortland game and must admit  was nervous over the outcome. Glad to see the Red Dragons come back and get the win.

Oswego should have won their game in the bottom of the 9th but for the lead runner getting picked off 2nd when there was 2 men on and no outs. Runner on 2nd got caught in a pickle so the runner on first ran over to 2nd and the runner caught in the pickle made it back to 2nd, but 2 men on 1 base never works. Umps called the guy that was on first, out and the Lakers subsequently got 2 runs, to tie the game and force extra frames. That guy that was called out would have been the 3rd and winning run. Not his fault though as the blame is squarely on the runner that was on 2nd and wandered too far from the bag to begin with. 

New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« on: May 13, 2015, 12:30:38 pm »
Good luck to the Cortland Red Dragons and Oswego Lakers today in the New York Regional. Like to see both SUNYAC teams do some early damage.   

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: May 10, 2015, 01:17:59 pm »
The #2 ranked Cortland women defeat Castleton State by a 21-4 final. Cortland will now play the winner of the Augustana (Ill.)-Concordia (Wis) that is being played at 2 PM today.

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: May 10, 2015, 10:14:56 am »
10th ranked Cortland State defeats the 9th ranked Endicott Gulls 13-6 in an NCAA 2nd round game. The Red Dragons were down 1-0 as the Gulls scored 55 seconds into the game and it stayed that way for nearly 7 minutes.  The Red Dragons tied the game at 1 but Endicott took the lead once more with a goal at the 7:02 mark of the 1st period. Cortland then scored 2 goals in 49 seconds in the last 2 minutes of the period to grab a lead they would never lose. The 2nd period was all Cortland as they scored 4 unanswered goals and never looked back.

Cortland advances to the national quarterfinals for the 14th straight time and will face the top ranked team in the country, RIT on Wednesday, May 13th, at Tiger Stadium in Rochester at a time to be determined.

Cortland was led by Senior Matt Rakoczy and junior Zach Hopps as they each recorded three goals and two assists. were asking about Native American players earlier in April. Zach Hopps for Cortland is a member of the Mohawk Nation and lives near Massena NY in the Akwesasne Mohawk Community. With his 2 assists in this game he became just the 9th player in Cortland history to eclipse 100 assists for his career and will have 1 more year to extend his total.

The #2 ranked Cortland women's Lax team will take on Castleton State today in a game that will tip off in just about an hour from now at 11: 00 AM in Cortland.     

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: May 08, 2015, 02:15:13 pm »
Nice to see the #10 ranked Cortland Men advance with a 9-8 win over Springfield College in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Wednesday afternoon. Cortland will now host Endicott, a 12-6 winner over Colorado College. The game will be at 5:00 PM on Saturday at Cortland. Cortland improves their record to 15-4 overall.

Cortland was down 8-7 after the 3rd quarter but scored early in the 4th quarter to tie the score and got the game winner with 8:57 to play. The Red Dragons held the Pride scoreless for the entire 4th quarter.

New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« on: May 06, 2015, 08:55:04 am »
You're excused Fran. Just don't let it happen again. ;D  Congratulations to you and jdex for the SUNYAC championship once again and also for the #1 ranking that the Red Dragons have held onto for so long. Good luck in the Regionals and beyond (I hope).

Good luck to the Women's softball team, also SUNYAC Champions as they host a regional this weekend. 

Good luck also today to the SUNYAC Champion Men's Lacrosse team against Springfield. Go Red Dragons.

And last but not least I hope the SUNYAC Champions Women's Lacrosse team can bring home the Walnut and Bronze this year.

Heady times in Cortland (and Auburn) this week and next with all 4 teams hosting NCAA tournament games. Wish I lived there so I could watch them all.   

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: May 02, 2015, 06:48:41 pm »
Cortland State men once again prove to be a tough opponent for the Plattsburgh State Cardinals as they win the SUNYAC conference for the umpteenth time in a hard fought 14-12 final.

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: April 13, 2015, 06:16:06 am » is it that your Cardinals get good lacrosse players?  Aware that it is a Native American game...any Native American players?...being serious here....Amherst is always looking out for such students with that background...truly.  On that subject, many years ago I was informed that Maine has a large Native American presence....even reservations.  Discussed it recently with a friend who has several pieces of property in Maine, including a family farm...and goes up each summer to keep them in shape.  Where am I going?...who really knows, but I'm thinking if the tribes in Maine play the sport, or are only the tribes of the NY region the originators.  I know, I should look it up online!


Most of the Cardinal lax players come from Long Island, the Capital Distict of NY (Albany area) or Central New York. There are several Native American communities close by (3 within a 60 mile radius) but I don't recall any of those players attending Plattsburgh. Do recall several of them attending DI schools but couldn't tell you where or when. Just remember reading about a few students that went on to play at some of the bigger schools over the years. 

Lacrosse, track, cross country, softball / Re: Lacrosse
« on: April 13, 2015, 06:08:01 am »
The Cortland men's team popped Plattsburgh's State bubble once again as they defeated the host Cardinals on Saturday afternoon by a 15-9 score. The Red Dragons left no doubt as to who the better team was that day as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the 1st period and increased it to 12-3 at the half. Cortland would lead by 10 goals at 15-5 in the 4th quarter before the Cardinals scored 4 time in the final 4 minutes to close the gap but never really threaten. Once again it looks like the SUNYAC championship will be decided on Cortland's home field. Cortland ranked #13 improved to 8-4 and 3-0 in the SUNYAC. Plattsburgh is now 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the YAC.

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