By James Boyle
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/13
Matt Rambo exploded for seven goals and visiting La Salle held off a late rally en route to an 11-6 victory tonight over St. Joseph’s Prep at St. Joseph’s University.
The win gives the Explorers – ranked No. 3 by Phillylacrosse.com – sole possession of first place in the Catholic League at 9-0 (13-2 overall). The 11th-ranked Hawks fell to 7-1 in the league and 9-6 overall.
The Prep also honored the Kelly Rooney Foundation by wearing Pink Jerseys and Silver helmets with pink decals, and by selling t-shirts before and during the game. All proceeds benefited the foundation’s efforts to fight breast cancer.
La Salle held a 7-1 lead in the second quarter when St. Joe’s began a 5-0 run to pull within 7-6 late in the third period on a goal by Chase Young.
But Rambo dominated the final quarter, scoring four straight goals to ice it.
Adam Schaal added three goals for La Salle.
Scott Scheuerle led the Hawks with two goals.
“This is always our biggest game of the year,” said Schaal. “Everyone kind of knows that this is the game they need to be serious about and go hard in. We take every game serious, but this game means something to us. It’s more special.”
Rambo said he got mad when the Hawks staged their comeback. He took over and scored four straight unassisted goals, including three in three minutes.
“I just got angry,” said the Maryland signee. “I don’t know, I just got angry. “To beat them is something, but it’s just the regular season and we’re going to have to see them in the playoffs. This is just one step out of two.”
Following Schaal’s goals to open the scoring, La Salle went on to score three more unanswered thanks to two from Rambo and one from Jeff Cimbalista.
St. Joe’s, which struggled to move the ball out of its half in the early minutes of the game, didn’t get on the scoreboard until Joe Walsh scored with 3:05 remaining in the first half.
Walsh’s goal was erased one minute later when Brian McNamara found Rambo for his third goal of the game. But, St Joe’s midfielder Pat Walsh brought La Salle’s lead back down to five with just 17 seconds left in the half.
The Hawks looked like a different team in the second half and went on to score four straight goals. Partially responsible for their turnaround was Jace Liszka, who took over on faceoffs. The Hawks ended the game with an 11-8 faceoff advantage.
Mike Marchese, who had five second-half saves for St. Joe’s, also played a big part in closing the gap on La Salle. Although Marchese didn’t get the start on Friday, the sophomore goalie made a couple key stops that should have easily gone in.
“I don’t think there was much unexpected in this game,” said Scheuerle. “I think we came in knowing what we were facing. They played really well. We just need to execute better next time. The biggest thing was just settling in, getting comfortable … under the lights, a lot of people here, big game. So once we settled in, we started playing a lot better.”
La Salle 11, St. Joseph’s Prep 6
St. Joseph’s Prep
Scott Scheuerle 2g
Chase Young 1g
Joe Walsh 1g
Pat Walsh 1g
Anthony Marini 1g, 1a
Bill Savage 1a
Will D’Avino 1a
AJ Simon 6 saves
Mike Marchese 5 saves
Jace Liszka – 12/19 Faceoffs
Matt Rambo 7g
Adam Schaal 3g
Jeff Cimbalista 1g, 1a
Sean Coleman 2a
brian McNamara 1a
Colin MacDougall 5 saves
Nick Hreshko 1 save