Updated: 03/13/2014 11:33 PM
Created: 03/13/2014 10:14 PM WHEC.com
SYRACUSE, NY -- The No. 1 RIT men's lacrosse team improved to 4-0 on the season with a convincing 18-11 win over No. 2 SUNY Cortland (4-1) in non-conference action from The Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University Thursday evening.
Freshman Ryan Lee (Sharon, Ontario/The Hill Academy) led RIT with seven points on four goals and three assists. Casey Jackson (Victoria, BC/Claremont) tallied six points on five goals and an assist, while Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin), Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) and Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) each had two goals for the Tigers.
RIT handed Cortland its first regular season loss since the Tigers beat the Red Dragons 12-11 back on March 30, 2011 in Cortland. The 18 goals allowed are the most by the Red Dragons since letting up 19 in a 19-13 loss to Salisbury in the 2008 National Championship game.
Cortland held a 43-39 shot advantage and a 41-33 ground ball edge. The Tigers won 17-of-33 face-offs and went 16-of-19 on clearing attempts. The Tigers were 0-for-2 on the man advantage.
Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) won 15-of-29 face-offs for RIT and grabbed 10 ground balls. Mac Keehfus (Jamesville, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt) added three ground balls and caused a team-best two turnovers. Pat Johnston (Long Beach, CA/Norwell (MA)) picked up his third win of the season, making 19 saves.
Matt Rakoczy led Cortland with three goals and two assists. Nate Beresovoy added two goals, while Mike Cantelli, Hunter Osborne and Tyler Chin each scored a goal. Scott Tota took the loss in net for Cortland, making seven saves.
RIT jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first quarter on goals from Jackson and Braden Wallace (Oakville, Ontario/Abbey Park). Rakoczy and MIke Cummings scored consecutive goals for the Red Dragons, tying the score on Cummings' goal with 10:17 to play in the opening quarter.
RIT outscored Cortland 4-1 over the final 8:57 of the first quarter, taking a 6-3 lead on an unassisted goal from Wisman with 21 seconds to play in the opening quarter.
Rakoczy opened the second-quarter scoring with his fifth goal of the season, cutting RIT's lead to 6-4.
Consecutive goals from Aquin and Jackson gave the Tigers an 8-4 lead at the 10:26 mark of the second quarter. Goals from Cody Consul, Osborne and Rakoczy gave the Red Dragons some mometum later in the second quarter, cutting RIT's lead to 8-7.
The Tigers outscored Cortland 3-1 over the final 3:52 of the first half, taking an 11-8 lead into the half. The 11 goals scored by RIT was the most the Red Dragons had allowed in a half since the 2009 season.
RIT blew the game open outscoring Cortland 6-2 in the third quarter, extending its lead to 17-10. Lee scored two goals in the third quarter to pace the TIgers.
Both teams exchanged goals in the foruth quarter for the 18-11 final.
RIT has now won 12 straight regular season games dating back to the 2013 season. The Tigers last loss in the regular season was to Cortland back on March 27, 2013. RIT is now 15-20 all-time against the Red Dragons.
The Tigers will face Western New England University on Saturday, March 15 at noon at Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N.Y.