Nighthawks Historic Season Ends with 3-1 Loss at No. 6 SUNY Cortland

Nighthawks Historic Season Ends with 3-1 Loss at No. 6 SUNY Cortland

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Red Dragons junior Jake Keller (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) scored two goals and senior Migell Ormsby (Kingston, Jamaica) added a goal and collected an assist as the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons defeated the Newbury College Nighthawks 3-1 on Saturday night in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.

Keller, who led the Red Dragon in scoring in the regular season, scored his 15th and 16th goals of the season. Ormsby, who tallied the would-be game-winning goal, scored his 11th goal this season.

After a half full of chances, the Red Dragons struck first in the 39th minute. Ormsby played a through ball to Keller who ran in unmarked on the Nighthawks goal. Keller's first shot was blocked, but he gathered the rebound and sent a shot under a Newbury defender into the open goal for a 1-0 lead.

The Nighthawks withstood the attack and broke through in the 63rd minute. Freshman Rony Morales (Seekonk, Mass.) took a free kick from just outside the penalty area. The pass was met by a wide open Josue Lopez (San Diego, Calif.), who executed from 10 yards out, tying the match at 1-1.

Just minutes later, in the 66th minute, Ormsby received a pass from the right wing by Eli Yasuna (Sherborn, Mass.) and sent a one-time shot into the back of Newbury's goal, giving the Red Dragon's a 2-1 lead. 

The Red Dragons added insurance in the 81st minute with Keller's second goal of the game, a one-time shot following a pass from Sam Fuller (Liverpool, N.Y.), giving Cortland a 3-1 lead.

Cortland goalie Sean Kelly (Coram, N.Y.) picks up the win, moving to 15-1-3 this season. Nighthawks junior Chris Tran (Nantucket, Mass.) made 10 saves on the night in the loss.

The Red Dragons advance to the Second Round where they host Elizabethtown College (Penn.) on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

The Nighthawks season ends at 11-5-4. The 11-wins match a program record and the 2018 Nighthawks will go down as the first team in program history to ever make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.