GENEVA, N.Y. -- First-year junior transfer Migell Ormsby converted the only goal of the match with a bicycle kick from a prone position with 18 minutes left in No. 13 nationally-ranked SUNY Cortland's victory over Eastern Connecticut State University on the second day of the Hobart College Soccer Alumni Classic Sunday afternoon at Cozzens Field.
Eastern (1-1-0) traded 1-0 decisions in the tournament, defeating host Hobart, 1-0, in Saturday's first game behind sophomore Max Parent's (Yartmouth, MA) first career goal late in the first half and junior Ryan Murphy's (Cromwell) ninth career shutout. Also Saturday, Cortland trimmed No. 4 nationally-ranked Brandeis University, 3-2. The Judges had reached last year's NCAA Division III Final Four.
Against Cortland (2-0-0), which won a program-record 19 matches and advanced to the Round of 16 in last year's NCAA Division III Tournament, the Warriors played the Red Dragons to a stalemate on the scoreboard before Ormsby, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, directed a left-footed shot off the left post and into the back of the net from a seated position for the only score of the afternoon.
Eastern was denied the first goal of the match midway through the second half when senior Xavier Doran's (Hebron) header off a throw-in by sophomore Nick Starkowski (Marlborough) from the left side was cleared off the back line by a Cortland defender.
Following Ormsby's second goal in as many days, Eastern had a couple of mild threats but could not pierce a defense backstopped by senior All-America goalie Connor Young, last year's national leader in goals-against average (0.33).
Following a re-start with 15 minutes left, senior Adam Traxler (Newburyport, MA) rainbowed a shot over the crossbar while falling backwards with Young off his line. Six minutes later, Doran found a little room in close but was jostled and sent the ball rolling wide of the post.
Murphy came off his line to deny Ormsby in the final minutes and keep the Warriors within a goal. Outmanned in the box after gathering in a long through-ball, Ormsby shook free on the left side of the box, but Murphy made a sliding stop.
Senior back Nick Warren (Southbury) returned to the lineup after a two-year hiatus as one of two players to play the entire 90 minutes.
Cortland outshot Eastern, 22-8, with Ormsby recording nine and forcing Murphy to make four saves, Murphy made seven saves and Young three.
Eastern plays the first of four straight matches at Thomas Nevers Field Wednesday, hosting Framingham State University at 4 p.m. in a non-conference match.