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Men’s lacrosse: @SJUHawks_MLAX falls to Michigan, 9-8, in 4 OT

Saturday, 14th March 2015

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/14/15
From Press Release

Peter Kraus scored with 1:10 left in the fourth overtime as the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team dropped a 9-8 quadruple-overtime heartbreaker to Michigan on Saturday afternoon on Sweeney Field.

With the loss, the Hawks fall to 3-5 while the Wolverines improve to 4-3. Saint Joseph’s sophomore attack Mike Rastivo tallied four goals while graduate student midfielder Ryan McGee notched three points on two goals and an assist.

For Michigan defenseman Stefan Bergman (La Salle) had two groundballs and a caused turnover and middie Chase Young (St. Joseph’s Prep) added two caused turnovers and a groundball.

“That’s a tough finish on a valiant effort from our guys,” said head coach Taylor Wray following the game. “I thought that we needed to shoot the ball better in the first half. Had we done that, maybe we wouldn’t have been down 7-2. But the guys showed grit, and they showed resiliency by fighting back, tying it up, and forcing overtime. Both teams had chances in overtime.”

Trailing 8-6 with just under five minutes to play in regulation, senior attack Kyle Bruun’s sixth goal of the season sparked a 3-0 SJU run that would eventually force the game into overtime. After Bruun’s score at the 4:48 mark, Rastivo buried back-to-back goals, the first of which was an unassisted score with 2:08 to play. With his team trailing 8-7 with 29 ticks remaining in regulation, Rastivo scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season on McGee’s team-leading eighth helper to force the game into overtime.

The first overtime saw Michigan’s David Joseph fire off a shot right in front of SJU’s net that would appear to be the game-winner, but the goal was wiped off on the call of a crease violation. On that same play, SJU was hit with a 30 second pushing penalty, but SJU’s defensive unit, which ranked second in the nation in EMO defense heading into the game, held off Michigan’s offensive efforts.

Neither team would score in the first of three 4:00 overtime periods, leading to Kraus’ late-game heroics in the 74th minute of play. Michigan’s Kyle Jackson took a shot just wide, forcing Saint Joseph’s sophomore goalkeeper T.J. Jones out of the net. Michigan’s Mike Francia scooped up the ground ball directly behind the net and made a quick pass to Kraus in front, who put it past Jones for the win.

“Those are tough games to be on the losing end, but hopefully, we learn from it and we learn that we have to be sharp from start to finish,” added Wray. “We have yet to do that this year. Tuesday [vs. UVA] was pretty close. I didn’t think we were that sharp defensively and then today, we were sharp in spurts and just not sharp enough to get the win. So, I give Michigan a lot of credit. They came in here and they played their tails off.”

For the game, Saint Joseph’s owned a 49-38 advantage in shots, including a 24-10 edge in the first half. Rastivo and McGee fired off 13 shots apiece, a career-high for Rastivo.

The Hawks also earned 40 of the game’s 68 total ground balls and were nearly perfect in clears, going 22-for-23. McGee (7) and sophomore midfielder Anthony Joaquim (5) combined for 12 of SJU’s 40 ground balls.

Michigan held a slight 14-10 edge in face-off wins, with eight coming off of SJU violations at the X. Saint Joseph’s sophomore midfielder Danny Manning led the Hawks from the circle, going 8-of-15 with four ground balls on the day.

The Hawks also held the Wolverines to just one score in five possible EMO opportunities, while SJU converted on its only one.

Saint Joseph’s senior goalkeeper Dustin Keen (Downingtown West) made three saves and allowed three goals in the first 30:00. Jones (1-2) was tagged with the loss, making nine saves but allowing six goals in the final 44:50.

A 7-2 Michigan run that spanned nearly all of the first three periods would give the Wolverines a comfortable five-goal lead with 3:14 remaining in the third.

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