Witman Hernandez and Giraldo Ritaccio each scored two goals to lead host SUNY Oneonta to a 9-1 win over SUNY Potsdam on Friday, October 25.
Douglas Minogue, Matt Howe, Roberto Ventura, Nick Dillmann and Denis Fleming each had a goal for the Red Dragons, who are ranked 10th in the nation. SUNY Oneonta improves its record to 14-2 and 7-1 in the SUNYAC.
The Red Dragons outshot the Bears, 34-5, and jumped out to a 4-0 advantage over the first 17 minutes of play as Minogue opened the scoring 3:42 into the game with an assist from Ian Zingaro.
Hernandez tallied his goals in the 16th and 17th minutes while Howe struck an unassisted goal, also in the 17th minute.
Ventura, who scored his lone goal in the 32nd minute to put the Red Dragons ahead, 5-1, assisted on Hernandez’s first goal.
Howe was credited with the assist on Hernandez’s second goal, which counts as his conference-leading 18th goal of the season.
Dillmann capped off the six-goal first half in the 34th minute as he scored with an assist from Hernandez.
The Red Dragons scored three goals in the second half as Ritaccio struck in the 57th and 79th minutes while Fleming found the back of the net with an assist from Ritaccio in the 85th minute.
SUNY Potsdam scored its lone goal in the 25th minute as Raymond Jones took an assist from Andrew Spagnuolo.
SUNY Oneonta hosts SUNY Plattsburgh at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 26, to decide the regular season champion and the top seed in the SUNYAC Tournament.
Both the Red Dragons and the Cardinals have earned an opening-round bye in the conference tournament.
SUNY Potsdam 3, SUNY Oneonta 2
Joie Tortorice and Christina Kornfeld each registered strikes in SUNY Oneonta’s double-overtime loss at SUNY Potsdam.
Tortorice evened the score at one a piece in the 56th minute off an assist from Kornfeld, while Kornfeld put the Red Dragons ahead, 2-1, two minutes later.
Kelsey Smith recorded the assist on Kornfeld’s team-leading eighth goal of the season for SUNY Oneonta, which drops its overall record to 5-8-3 and 3-5-0 in the SUNYAC.
SUNY Potsdam’s Lexi Dean evened the score at 2-2 with an assist from Maeve Morrissey in the 74th minute, while teammate Mackenzie Bowie netted the game-winning goal in the 105th minute off an assist from Meaghan Sardi.
SUNY Oneonta sits in eighth place with nine points in the SUNYAC standings.
The Red Dragons need a win their final conference game, a Saturday, Oct. 26, visit to Plattsburgh, and help from other fixtures to earn a spot in the conference tournament.