Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/16/14
The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team defeated Richmond, 7-4, on Saturday afternoon on Sweeney Field. With the win, the Hawks extend their win streak to four games and improve to 5-2 overall.
The last time the program won four consecutive games in the same season was in 2007. SJU’s 5-2 overall record is the program’s most successful record through seven games since the 2000 team posted a record of 6-1 through its first seven games. Additionally, the Hawks sport a 4-0 record for games played through March; the last time SJU went 4-0 through the month of March was 14 years ago when the 2000 team won its first six games of the season, all in March, en route to a 6-2 record through eight games played in March.
Trailing 3-0 with 5:28 remaining in the first period, Saint Joseph’s senior midfielder Johnny Simanski sparked a six-goal run that spanned 42:39 to give the Hawks a 6-3 advantage with just under eight minutes to play in regulation. Simanski and freshman attackman Ray Vandegrift (Penn Charter) tallied two goals apiece during that run while freshman attackman Mike Rastivo and junior midfielder Mike Dougherty (Malvern Prep) added one goal and one assist apiece during SJU’s scoring streak.
Richmond (1-6) retaliated with a goal at the 7:49 mark of the fourth period to pull to within two goals, 6-4, but Saint Joseph’s redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee scored with 16 seconds remaining in regulation to secure the victory, 7-4, for the Crimson and Gray.
For the game, Saint Joseph’s owned advantages in shots (40-25) and ground balls (27-19) and forced Richmond to turn the ball over 15 times, including five from failed clear attempts. The Hawks also dominated from the face-off, winning 12 of 15 total opportunities on the day and going 6-of-6 from the X in the second and third periods combined. Freshman midfielder Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley) went a near-perfect 10-of-11 from the face-off and picked up a game-high seven ground balls on the day.
In his second appearance back from injury, Rastivo boasted a team-best three points on one goal and two assists while Vandegrift (2G) and Simanski (2G) posted multi-goal efforts. McGee (1G) took 10 of SJU’s 40 total shots, landing seven on goal. Sophomore defenseman Kevin Barrow (Avon Grove) caused a team-high three turnovers.
Saint Joseph’s junior goalkeeper Dustin Keen (Downingtown West) (4-1) made seven saves in a full-game effort, including three in the final 3:14 of regulation to lock down the win for the Hawks.
Hofstra 11, Delaware 9
A fast start wasn’t enough for the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse squad Saturday afternoon as the Blue Hens saw their four-game win streak come to an end with an 11-9 setback to Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic Association opener at Shuart Stadium.
Delaware (5-3, 0-1 CAA), whose win streak was the team’s longest since the 2010 season, jumped out to a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter but the Pride scored six unanswered goals over the span of the second and third periods to take control and win their fourth straight game. A goal by Mike Malave with 9:58 left in the third quarter broke a 6-6 tie and put Hofstra up for good.
Delaware redshirt freshman Steve DeLargy scored two goals, freshman Jackson Finigan scored a goal and dished out three assists, and Tom Holland contributed a goal and an assist to lead the Delaware attack. Conor Peaks posted a game-high 14 saves in goal.
Delaware’s leading scorer, Brian Kormondy (10 goals, 5 assists), managed just one assist on the day while Delaware faceoff specialist Tyler Barbarich, who entered the game leading the nation in faceoff percentage with a 69 percent success rate, won 10 out of 23 draws and scored once. Connor Frisina (Conestoga), Alex Martinelli (Moorestown) and Jeff Heath (St. Joseph’s Prep) also scored for the Hens.
Boston University 12, Lafayette 7
Adam Schaal (La Salle) had two goals and three assists and Greg Wozniak (Holy Ghost Prep) led the defense with three groundballs and three caused turnovers for BU.
Cory Scheuerle (St. Joseph’s Prep) led the Leopards with two goals and an assist.
UMass 8, Penn State 6
An extended 7-2 run by No. 14 Massachusetts over a 29-minute span was too much for No. 5 Nittany Lions.
Penn State (3-3, 0-1 CAA) dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season as a stodgy UMass (6-1, 1-0 CAA) defense overwhelmed the Nittany Lions. Penn State led 2-1 with 2:04 remaining in the first quarter, but the Minutemen allowed just two goals in the next 45 minutes to open an 8-4 lead. Saturday’s game was Penn State’s last CAA season opener.
Sophomore TJ Sanders scored a game-high three goals, registering his 11th career hat trick in the process. The player of the game was UMass goalie Zach Oliveri who saved 15 shots, including 11 in the second half as the Minutemen built their lead.
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