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.@SJUHawks_MLAX routs Hobart, 12-5, in NEC opener

Saturday, 26th March 2016

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/26/16
From Press Release

St. Joseph’s scored the first five goals of the game and never looked back as the Hawks (6-2, 1-0 NEC) took home a 13-5 victory over host Hobart (5-4, 1-1 NEC) in Northeast Conference action at Boswell Field on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Hawks have won their last three games and have now won 13 consecutive NEC regular-season games since joining the NEC in 2014.

Reigning NEC Offensive Player of the Year Mike Rastivo led all scorers with a game-high three goals to go with two assists. Senior attackman Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep, 2g, 1a), sophomore attackman Chris Blewitt (2g), and redshirt sophomore midfielder Hayes McGinley (2g) added multi-goal efforts for the Crimson and Gray. Nine Hawks tallied at least one point in the victory.

Sophomore attackman Jason Kelly (Salesianum School, 8:47), Rastivo (8:17), Swanick (4:55), and McGinley (2:08) put together the game’s scoring for the first quarter before sophomore attackman Kyle Cain put away his 12th goal of the season at the 7:57 mark of the second to put the Hawks ahead, 5-0.

Hobart scored its only goal of the first three quarters with 45 seconds to play before the halftime break to put the Statesmen on the board, 5-1, at the half.

From there, the Hawks scored seven consecutive goals to extend their lead, 12-1, with 11:00 remaining in regulation. Swanick (13:42), McGinley (10:09), junior midfielder Marcus Milione (9:22), and Rastivo (5:03) scored in the third before senior midfielder Kevin Forster (La Salle, 13:10), Rastivo (12:18) and Blewitt (11:00) put together a trio of goals over the span of just over two minutes to start the fourth quarter.

Hobart put together a run at the end of the game, scoring four of the final five goals, including three in the final 1:14.

For the game, Saint Joseph’s held edges in shots (35-34) and ground balls (23-21) and went 21-for-24 in clear attempts, earning 10 more clear opportunities and seven more successful clears than Hobart. The Statesmen won 12 of the game’s 21 opportunities from the face-off.

Junior face-off specialist Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley) went 8-of-18 from the X to go with a game-high five ground balls for SJU, while freshman Daniel Lanham (Garnet Valley) went 1-of-3.

Junior goalkeeper T.J. Jones (6-2, 1-0 NEC) made nine saves and allowed just two goals in 54:21. Sophomore Pat Dallon made two saves and allowed three goals in the final 5:39.



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