Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/8/12
Chestnut Hill College collected its second straight non-conference win by more than a 10-goal margin today, as sophomore attack Mike Melnychenko and junior attack Craig Owen (Haverford School) fueled the hist Griffins in a 16-6 victory over Coker College. Both Griffins attackers totaled six points in a dominating team performance.
Coker College (2-6) kept the contest interesting in the first half, only trailing No. 12 Chestnut Hill (3-1) by four at intermission, 8-4. The second half, however, was another story. The Griffins rattled off seven unanswered goals at the start of the period to lead the Cobras 15-4 with 12:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Cobras would outscore the Griffins 2-1 in the remaining time, but it was not enough to derail the final, 16-6.
Freshman midfielder Keith LaClair was the Cobras top performer, scoring four goals and recovering a ground ball.
For the Griffins, Melnychenko totaled four goals and two assists, as Owen recorded his six points on three goals and three assists; Owen also fielded four ground balls and caused a turnover. Sophomore midfielder Mike Landau (Lancaster, PA) contributed four points with three goals and an assist while junior midfielder Mike Duddy offered a three-point performance with two goals and an assist in addition to a team-high, five ground balls.
Sophomore midfielder Sean Johnsen was the Griffins lead man in the face-off circle, winning 7-of-11 (.636) while recovering three ground balls. Junior defenseman Tom Carfagna (Laurys Station, PA) and junior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, PA) led the Griffins defensively. Carfagna totaled three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Maurer made eight saves and recovered four ground balls while earning the win (3-1).
The men’s lacrosse team continues non-conference play with a 12:00 p.m. home contest against American International College on Saturday.
Holy Family 15, Mercy College 14
Senior Lauren Greco (Council Rock South) scored the game-winning goal with 1:16 remaining in regulation to give host Holy Family a victoryin a non-conference contest.
Holy Family improves to 1-2 overall as the victory marked the first career win for first year head coach Elizabeth Weber. Mercy starts the season at 0-1.
Senior Gina Mansi (Washington Twp.) led Holy Family with a game-high four goals. Mansi was 2-for-3 on free position shots and also recorded two ground balls. Senior Katherine Podlinski (Camden Catholic) recorded two goals as well, while fellow classmate Samantha Cornely (Camden Catholic) contributed two goals and one assist.
Junior Stephanie McNesby (Archbishop Ryan) had a goal and one assist while leading the team with eight draw controls. Greco and freshman Brianna Lancetta (Bishop Eustace) each had two goals for the Tigers. Goalie Melissa Jenkins (Interboro) posted nine saves to gain the win.
New Haven 16, Molloy 6
Sarah Magnone (Villa Joseph Marie) pumped in five goals as No. 9 New Haven won its opener.