Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/22/16
From Press Release
The Rosemont men’s lacrosse team opened its season Sunday stunning Hood, 10-9, and scoring the final five goals in the last 6:19 of the game. Rosemont’s Ralph Ibezim scored four goals, including the game-winner with 1.8 seconds left.
It marked the first time the program has won a season-opener, and the first time the Ravens have defeated the Blazers.
How It Happened
The Blazers opened up the scoring with 11:17 on the clock in the first and followed with another goal 4:35 later to start off with a 2-0 advantage. The Ravens answered on a goal by captain Stephen Licata to get to within a goal, but Hood would score an extra-man goal with just three seconds remaining in the quarter to grab a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.
•Captain Ibezim inched the Ravens back to within a goal, scoring with 10:54 remaining in the period to make the score 3-2. But Hood held Rosemont off of the scoreboard for the remainder of the second quarter while scoring two goals of their own to end the half ahead of the home side by three goals, 5-2.
•The two teams would alternate scoring goals in the third quarter. Anthony Bottoms scored with 5:17 on the clock to make the score 6-3, and Licata would score on a feed from Bottoms to end the quarter with the Ravens trailing 7-4.
•After an Ibezim goal from Licata got the Ravens back to within a pair, trailing 7-5, things started to look bleak in the fourth quarter when Hood would score twice, putting the Ravens in a 9-5 hole with 10:53 left in the game.
From that point the Ravens took control, starting with a goal from Zach Bowe off of a Rasool Smith (lower Merion) pass with 6:21 left. A Tyler Ferrara score from Bowe with 5:49 remaining was followed by another Rosemont goal, this time another from Ibezim with 3:01 left in the game as the Ravens could see their way to the clearing, trailing by a goal, 9-8. With 1:12 left in the contest, Zach Bowe (West Chester East) fed Licata for another score to knot the game. A late unnecessary roughness penalty on the Blazers gave the Ravens the final 17 seconds of the game with an extra-man opportunity. They made the most of that opportunity, with Ibezim cashing in on a Licata pass with 1.8 seconds left on the clock as the Ravens completed the comeback victory by scoring the final five goals of the contest.
Ravens’ Top Performers
•Ralph Ibezim scored four goals, including the game-winner, on six shots taken.
•Stephen Licata tallied a hat trick for the Ravens, adding two assists for five points on the afternoon.
•Zach Bowe was key to the Ravens getting on offense, winning 12 of 19 faceoffs and claiming 13 ground balls overall.
•Kiefer Paul was solid in goal, stopping 13 of 22 Hood shots-on-goal and earning the win.
Stats of the Game
•Rosemont won 61% of the faceoffs.
•The Ravens were credited with four more ground balls than Hood (31 vs. 27).
•Rosemont outshot the Blazers by a 38-32 count.
•The Ravens scored six goals in the fourth quarter. The last time that Rosemont scored six goals in a quarter was in the fourth quarter of a 13-5 win over Neumann on 4/8/2015.