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Men’s lacrosse: High Point topples St. Joseph’s, 9-7

Sunday, 16th February 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/16/14
From Press Releases

The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team fell to High Point, 9-7, at Vert Stadium on Sunday afternoon. In his collegiate debut, freshman attackman Michael Rastivo led all Hawks in scoring with three goals.

Redshirt junior Ryan McGee (2G, 1A) and junior midfielder Mike Dougherty (3A) (Malvern Prep) also contributed on the offensive end.

Freshman Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley) went 8-of-12 from the face-off in a phenomenal collegiate debut at the X.

Redshirt-senior Bucky Smith scored four goals with one assist in the win for High Point.

“The guys played really hard today,” said High Point head coach Jon Torpey, the former Philadelphia Wing and Barrage member. “We won the 50/50 battles and were able to set up our offense. We moved the ball well and played unselfish which led to balanced scoring. The defense played with poise and limited scoring opportunities for Saint Joseph’s.”

The Panthers scored five goals to open the second quarter and build a lead they never relinquished. Smith led the way with four points, scoring three goals on three shots with one assist. Sophomore Dan Lomas added two goals and one assist and sophomore Matt Thistle contributed one goal and two assists.

Redshirt-junior Austin Geisler played all 60 minutes in the cage, making 12 saves with three ground balls. Junior Chris Davila went 9-of-16 on faceoffs with seven ground balls.

TJ Jones made nine saves with four ground balls for SJU.

McGee scored the only goal in the first quarter to give Saint Joseph’s the early 1-0 lead. In the second quarter HPU scored five-straight goals to open up a 5-1 lead midway through the period. Brad James (St. Joseph’s Prep) picked up a lose ball in front of the SJU goal and dished the ball to Mitchell Dupere who scored the first goal with 11:49 on the clock. Smith followed with his first of two unassisted goals in the period and Lomas and freshman Michael LeClair also scored.

Saint Joseph’s cut the lead to two goals in the fourth quarter, 8-6, when Rastivo scored his second goal of the day with 13:50 to play. Neither team scored again until there was less than a minute remaining in the game. Joseph Taulane (Garnet Valley) passed the ball ahead to Zack Price on a clear attempt and Price found the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Rastivo scored again with seven seconds left in the game to make the final score 9-7.

High Point had 26 ground balls in the game while Saint Joseph’s picked up 20. HPU went 14-of-16 on clear attempts and SJU was 16-of-18. Each team won nine of the 18 face-offs with HPU going 6-of-7 in the second quarter.

The Hawks will open their home schedule this Saturday, February 22 against VMI. Start time at Sweeney Field is scheduled for noon.



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