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Men’s lacrosse: @NeumannMLAX wins home opener behind Philly grads

Saturday, 25th February 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/25/17
From Press Release

On a beautiful February afternoon yesterday, the Neumann University men’s lacrosse team opened up the home portion of its schedule with an 11-9 win over visiting Elmira College.

Freshman Chris Augustine (Garnet Valley) led the way for Neumann, registering three goals and four assists in the win. Adam Fagan (Bonner-Prendergast) also recorded three goals, while Sergio Plesati (Ridley) notched a pair of goals of his own. Xavier Glanzel (Delaware Military Academy) also played well for the Knights, winning ten face-offs and picking up a team-high 11 ground balls. Brendan Risley (Ridley) got his second straight start in goal, making 19 saves in net for the Knights.

The Knights would jump on the Soaring Eagles early, tallying the game’s first two goals in the opening ten minutes to lead 2-0. Augustine played a part in each goal, scoring at the 11:19 mark and assisting on a Steven Andreas (Brandywine-DE) goal at the 5:29 mark. Elmira would control the final five minutes of the quarter though, scoring a pair of late goals to knot the game up at 2-2 heading to the second stanza.

The two teams would continue to trade goals in the second frame. Neumann retook the lead on a Fagan goal at the 10:23 mark, but Elmira answered just a minute and a half later to tie the game up once again. Tylar Schlimme (Pottsgrove) then scored on a man-advantage to put the Knights back in front, but the Soaring Eagles would again respond with an equalizer to send the game to halftime tied 4-4.

The start of the second half would see Elmira take its first lead of the game. The Soaring Eagles scored the half’s first two goals to jump in front by a count of 6-4. The two goal lead would not last long though, as Neumann rallied back with three goals separated by just three minutes to retake the lead late in the quarter. Augustine, Plesati and Chris Bellon (Cherry Hill West-NJ) all notched goals for the Knights as they took a 7-6 lead into the final frame.

Elmira would tie the game up just 39 seconds into the fourth quarter, but the Knights would take over from there. Augustine tallied his third goal of the game at the 12:38 mark and Neumann would keep the lead from there on out. The teams would trade goals late, but two fourth quarter goals from Fagan and a goal from Plesati gave Neumann its first win of the 2017 season.

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