Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/24/14
From Press Release
The Arcadia University men’s lacrosse team moved one step closer to clinching its first-ever conference tournament berth with an 8-6 Freedom Conference victory over visiting King’s College Wednesday night at Easton Field, which also marked the 200th collegiate coaching victory for head coach Jim Stagnitta.
The Knights are now 6-7 for the season, setting a new program record for wins in a single season, and are now 2-3 in conference play. Arcadia can secure a postseason berth as the fourth-seed with a victory at FDU-Florham Saturday, which will get under way at 1 p.m. A loss to the Devils to end the regular season would eliminate the Knights from the playoff race.
Stagnitta entered the 2014 season, his first at Arcadia, 196 career wins at the college level. He won 138 games while at Washington and Lee before totaling 58 wins at NCAA Division I Rutgers.
The game was tied at the conclusion of each of the first three quarters, including a 4-4 deadlock after the third. Sophomore Chris Jacovino scored twice in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to trigger a four-goal surge for the Knights that gave them an 8-4 lead midway through the frame.
Junior A.J. Bungert (Parkland) scored with exactly five minutes remaining to pull the Monarch’s (7-6 / 3-3 Freedom) back within three, but that proved to be the final goal of the contest.
Jacovino tallied three goals to lead Arcadia to the win, while sophomore Robert Palumbo (Staten Island, N.Y.) added a pair of goals. Freshmen James Boland (Hillsborough, N.J.), John Caruso (Cinnaminson), and Kenny Grant (Ridge, N.J.) added one goal each.
Freshman Jordan Culichia (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recorded four saves and allowed two goals in the second half to earn the decision in net, while classmate Ryan O’Leary (Millstone Township, N.J.) had two stops with three goals against in the first.
Bungert had three goals for King’s, while sophomore Evan Lawshe (Caldwell, N.J.) and junior Kevin Sweeney (Hatboro-Horsham.) had one goal apiece. Senior Brendan McCrudden (Putnam Valley, Pa.) totaled six saves while taking the loss in net.
Freedom Conference Playoff Scenarios
Eastern University (5-0) clinched the top seed while DeSales (4-1) has wrapped up the second-seed. The two squads will play on Saturdayin a game which has no direct bearing on the standings. FDU-Florham is 2-3 and will host Arcadia (2-3) on Saturday. Misericordia is also 2-3 and will travel to play last place Manhattanville (0-5) on Saturday.
The winner of the Arcadia-FDU game will be 3-3 and if Misericordia defeats Manhattanville, the Cougars will also be 3-3 and will force a three-way tie with King’s and the FDU-Arcadia winner to determine the third and fourth seeds. Four teams qualify for the Freedom Conference Tournament.
King’s needs FDU-Florham to defeat Arcadia. If this happens and Misericordia defeats Manhattanville, King’s will receive the third seed by virtue of their record against the teams it is tied with. The Monarchs defeated both FDU and Misericordia and would be 2-0 in the tiebreaker. Once the third seed is established the tiebreaking criteria will then revert to head-to-head results and the fourth-seed would go to FDU, which beat Misericordia during the regular-season.
If Arcadia defeats FDU, King’s, Misericordia and Arcadia would be tied. All three teams split with one another so no team would advance as each would be 1-1 against each other. The next tiebreaker would be each teams results against the teams above them in the standings. All three teams lost to first-place Eastern, so the criteria would then move to each squad’s results against the second place team (DeSales). Misericordia defeated DeSales while King’s and Arcadia each lost to the Bulldogs. This would give Misericordia the third-seed. The tiebreaker would then revert to head-to-head and Arcadia’s win over the King’s would give the Knights the fourth seed and King’s would be eliminated from playoff consideration.