Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/12/16
From Press Release
The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse squad jumped out to an 11-2 halftime lead to cruise to an 18-8 road win over Monmouth at Monmouth Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crimson and Gray improves to 4-2 while Monmouth falls to 3-2.
Junior attackman Mike Rastivo led all scorers with four goals while redshirt sophomore midfielder Hayes McGinley (3g, 1a) and senior midfielder Kevin Forster (La Salle 3g) added hat tricks.
Tied 1-1 at the 7:59 mark of the first period, SJU tore off for 10 consecutive goals to race out to an 11-1 lead with 7:54 to play in the first half. Seven different Hawks scored during that run, led by McGinley’s three scores and a pair from junior midfielder Kevin Reidinger.
Monmouth’s Chris Daly (Lower Merion) scored with 1:01 left on the scoreboard to close the home Hawks’ deficit to nine goals, 11-2, heading into the halftime break.
Third-period scoring stood even at 4-4 as SJU was paced by two goals apiece from Rastivo and Forster to own a 15-6 lead entering the final 15:00.
Senior attackman Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep) scored just 41 seconds into the final period on a feed from McGinley to extend the Hawks’ lead back out to 10, 16-6.
Both squads would add on two more scores each in the final 4:28 as the eventual 18-8 score would stand as time expired.
For the game, Saint Joseph’s owned a 41-25 advantage in shots, including a 26-7 first-half advantage. SJU also earned a 27-17 edge in ground balls and won 19 of the game’s 28 face-off possessions. The Crimson and Gray went a perfect 10-for-10 in clear attempts and held Monmouth to just 2-of-6 in EMOs.
Junior face-off specialist Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley) matched a career-best 17 wins in 24 opportunities from the X and added a game-high nine ground balls. Freshman Daniel Lanham (Garnet Valley) went 2-of-4 from the circle.
Senior goalkeeper T.J. Jones (4-2) made four saves and allowed six goals in 50:11 for the victory. Sophomore Pat Dallon saw 4:24 while freshman Niklas Hedengren saw the final 5:25 in his collegiate debut.
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