The Dragons dominated faceoffs last year by winning a total of 262 of their 410 draws for 63.9%. But with the graduation of 233 of those victories they will look for new faces to be asked to fill in at the in 2012.
The Dragons pride themselves in playing one of the most difficult out of conference schedules in the country every year, and this year looks to be no different. After opening up at preseason MAC favorite Widener on Feb. 25, they host up and coming Union College on March 3.
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With the graduation of Midfielder of the Year Chris Deluca (27G, 17A, 61GBs (team leader), 114 face off wins, 72.2%) look for the midfield unit to try to replace his production with a committee of players with Slavik, and Jarvis like senior captain Matt Hoey, and sophmore captain Doug Meehan.
Any of Cortland out of conference games could go into this category, but this game is in the middle of their grueling stretch of three games in six days, and is a huge contest between two of the North Region historically dominate teams. It could determine NCAA seeding in May.
Sleeper Pick: Jack Kennedy, Senior, LSM (41GBs, 13CTs)
Game to Watch: vs. Middlebury (at University of Albany), March 20
Look for Junior Captain Nick Jarvis, who went 22 36 (61.1%), to Nike Zoom Red Basketball Shoes
Tota has started every game in his Cortland career, and in doing so has produced 50+ points every year and has been in the top two in goals every year (49 in 2009, leader, 39 in 2010, 2nd, and 40 in 2011, leader). With a career shooting percentage of 43.1% there seems to be no slowing down for him as he patrols the inside of the Dragons offense.
The Dragons also saw major contributions at the attack from then freshmen Mark Panneton (16, 2, 19) along with preseason honorable mention All American close defensemen Brian Winterfeldt (5, 6, 54, 23CTs). With the ability of opposing teams to get a full year of scouting done on these young players, they won be able to surprise anyone coming into the 2012 season. So will they adapt to how teams play against them and improve, or will they become frustrated by not producing in the same way that they did a year ago?
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be the main face off man with junior LSM Sean Davern (6 15, 40%, 28GBs) being relief and taking man down faces with the long pole.
With the attention primarily on the firepower of the Dragons offense, a defense that allowed 4.7 goals a game last year seems to be overshadowed. The senior captain will most likely be asked to aid the development of faceoffs by picking up more GBs from the wings and also be asked to go up against the No. 1 offensive midfielder of each team the Dragons play.
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program. Starting off the week they host Stevenson (March 10), then travel Nike Zoom Odyssey to University of Albany to play Middlebury on March 20, and finish out the week at arch rival Ithaca on Friday Mar. 23. Finishing out their OCS, the Dragons visit RIT (March 28) and host the always tough Western New England (April 4). This kind of schedule is what makes Cortland such a difficult out in the NCAA tournament, which is why it is no surprise that they continue to challenge themselves like this year in and year out.
Best Bet: Mike Tota, Senior, Attack (40G, 11A, 32GBs)
The Dragons two highest returning scorers are both from the attack and senior captains, preseason honorable mention All American and 2011 leading assist man Greg Wright (19, 33, 23) and preseason second team AA and 2011 leading goal scorer Mike Tota (40, 11, 32). With the likelihood of Panneton being the third starter, the Dragons possess one of the most dangerous attack units in all of Division III in 2012. This will allow the Dragons the ability to control possess and run many sets through their trusted attack as they locate midfielders to fill in the heavy graduation losses they suffered a year ago around Slavik.
The Red Dragons saw a spike of production from their freshman last season as they outscored the sophomore class in total points last year 82 to 19 on a team that returns 56% of their overall scoring (234 out of 420 points scored). The class was led by preseason second team All American midfielder Joe Slavik (31G, 14A, 21GBs), and goalie Scott Tota, who won the starting job six games into the season and started the last 12 games as he collected 84 saves while surrendering 48 goals for a GAA of 4.44 and 63.6%.
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