Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/2/16
From Press Release
The St. Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team scored the first four goals of the game and downed St. John’s, 16-8, on Wednesday afternoon at Sweeney Field.
Junior midfielder Kevin Reidinger (4g, 1a) and sophomore attackman Chris Blewitt (4g) paced the Hawks on the offensive end of the field while junior goalkeeper T.J. Jones made 12 saves in a full-game effort.
With the win, Saint Joseph’s jumps out to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2000. St. John’s falls to 0-4.
Saint Joseph’s fired off four consecutive goals to open the game on scores from Blewitt, Reidinger, senior attackman Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep), and sophomore attackman Kyle Cain to jump out to a 4-0 lead at the 9:28 mark of the first period.
St. John’s Jason DeBenedictis scored back-to-back goals to put the Red Storm on the scoreboard and close the deficit to two, but Saint Joseph’s sophomore midfielder Davis Stoner and Reidinger would combine for two of the game’s next three goals to make the score 6-3 in favor of the Hawks at the end of the first period.
Both teams scored three goals apiece in the second period to keep the goal differential at three, with the Hawks leading 9-6 heading into the halftime break. Reidinger factored into two of those scoring plays, assisting on Blewitt’s goal (8:30) and scoring his own unassisted goal (6:04) before junior attackman Mike Rastivo put away his first of three on the day with 3:10 remaining in the second period.
The Hawks came out of the halftime break firing as the Crimson and Gray dominated with a 5-1 third-period run to extend Saint Joseph’s lead to seven, 14-7, heading into the final 15:00.
DeBenedictis scored his fourth goal of the game to pull St. John’s to within six goals to start the fourth period, but Blewitt netted Saint Joseph’s 15th and 16th goals to close out the scoring.
For the game, Saint Joseph’s held a 37-31 advantage in shots and 34-32 edge in ground balls and was a perfect 18-for-18 in clear attempts. The Hawks and Red Storm split equal possessions from the face-off, with each team earning 14 wins at the X.
Rastivo (3g), Swanick (2g, 1a), and Cain (2g, 1a) rounded out Saint Joseph’s scoring while redshirt sophomore midfielder Hayes McGinley added two assists. Junior defenseman Connor Kubikowski added a game-high six ground balls while junior face-off specialists Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley) and Danny Manning each won seven possessions from the circle.
The Hawks will take their three-game winning streak into this Saturday, March 5 vs. Drexel to close out a four-game, season-opening homestand. Opening face-off on Sweeney Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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