Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/8/15
From Press Releases
The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team used a 5-0 second quarter to build a 7-2 halftime lead on its way to a 16-6 win over visiting NJIT on Tuesday night at Fisher Stadium.
Four Lafayette players had multi-goal games, led by Robert Orazietti with a game-high four goals. Kevin Lewis netted a hat trick and Eric Joseph and Sonny Round each found the back of the net twice. Jason Sands handed out three assists in the victory. In goal, Ben Falcone picked up his third straight win to improve to 3-0, making seven saves.
The Maroon and White areback in action on Saturday night at 7 p.m., taking on Patriot League foe Bucknell in the Relentless Cup at Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa.
The Leopards jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on Joseph’s first tally of the night. He took a pass from Orazietti to open the scoring a minute and a half into the game. Lafayette doubled its lead seven minutes later on an individual effort from Round. The Highlanders countered with two in the final three minutes of the first quarter to tie the game at the end of the period.
Joseph gave the Leopards the lead again, 3-2, taking a feed from Lewis for Joseph’s team-leading 19th goal of the season. A minute later, the duo switched roles, as Joseph found Lewis for his first marker of the game. Lewis scored his second straight with ten minutes to play in the quarter on an assist from Sands. Two unassisted tallies from Morgan Westby (Episcopal Academy) and Orazietti closed out the half and sent the Leopards into the break with a 7-2 advantage.
After NJIT opened the scoring in the third quarter, the Leopards stopped any shot at a comeback, as Orazietti and Lewis fired back-to-back goals in the next two minutes to push the Lafayette lead to 9-3. Round’s tenth goal of the season made it a 10-4 Lafayette edge at the 9:31 mark of the period.
Orazietti tossed in two straight goals, the second a man-up marker on a feed from Sands, to increase the Leopards’ lead to eight. NJIT’s Joe Lomeli completed his hat trick with four minutes to play in the third quarter, but Lafayette’s Alex Mezey (Conestoga) tallied his first career goal in the final minute of the third to help the Leopards to a 13-5 lead heading into the final stanza.
Scott McAvoy (Wyomissing) joined the score sheet with his sixth goal of the season a minute into the quarter. Matt Close added another for the Leopards at the 2:15 mark. On the ensuing faceoff, Adam Broeckaert won the draw and took the ball to the cagefor his first goal of the campaign, andLafayette closed out the final two minutes and ended its home schedule with a 16-6 win.
Defensively, Erik Cannon and Declan McGuire led the unit with two caused turnovers each. At the faceoff x, Jack McMahon was 10-for-21, as Lafayette won 15-of-26 draws in the game.