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Men’s D1 roundup: St. Joe’s, Delaware, Penn State triumph

Sunday, 15th April 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/15/18
From Press Release

An outstanding overall team effort led the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team to a 14-7 win over Bryant in Northeast Conference action on Sweeney Field on Saturday afternoon. With their seventh straight victory, the Hawks improve to 7-3 overall and an undefeated 4-0 in the NEC while the Bulldogs fall to 6-6 overall and suffer their first loss in NEC play (4-1).

Their fourth league wins also clinches a 2018 NEC Tournament spot for the Crimson and Gray. The tournament will run on May 3 and May 5 at the site of the regular-season champion.

Senior attackman Mike Rastivo scored a game-high four goals, his third of which broke the Saint Joseph’s all-time scoring record, which previously stood at 120 (Randy McNeill ’01). Rastivo now owns 122 with three regular-season games plus a minimum of one postseason game remaining in his collegiate career.

Senior linemate Chris Blewitt turned in a game-high six points (3g, 3a), in addition to two ground balls and two caused turnovers, as the co-captains combined for half of SJU’s goals scored on the afternoon.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mike Adler was brilliant between the pipes, making 11 saves vs. seven goals allowed in 59:03.

Saint Joseph’s heads to Penn for non-conference action this Tuesday, April 17. Opening face-off across Philadelphia at Franklin Field is set for 7:00 p.m.

Delaware 10, Hofstra 9

All week long, the focus in practice for the Blue Hens was to compete for a full 60 minutes with a particular focus on finishing in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Hens did just that on Saturday with an absolute thrilling road win over perennial CAA contender Hofstra behind a career-best day for sophomore Charlie Kitchen (St. Augustine Prep).

Kitchen’s strong play continued on Saturday afternoon when he scored a career-high five goals and tied a career-high with six points. It was his third hat trick in the past four games and the seventh of his career. He has now scored a goal in 14 consecutive games and 25 of his 26 career games played.

His attack mate Joe Eisele (St. Augustine Prep) notched his second hat trick of the year with three goals, while seniors Dean DiSimone (St. Augustine Prep) and Will Hirschmann combined for three assists on the afternoon.

Sophomore goalkeeper Matt DeLuca was huge down the stretch and finished with 12 saves in the contest.

The Blue Hens came out firing with two scores in the first 2:12 of action to claim a quick 2-0 lead behind goals from Eisele and sophomore Bryce Reid (Avon Grove).

Dylan Alderman (Bishop Shanahan) had two goals and an assist for Hofstra.

Penn State 14, Johns Hopkins 12

No. 15 Penn State pulled off the upset, defeating fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins to earn the program’s first win against the Blue Jays.

The Nittany Lions saw goals from eight different Nittany Lions, including sophomore attacker Mac O’Keefe and junior midfielder Kevin Hill, who both score three goals apiece.

It was the midfield that generated more than half of Penn State’s goals Saturday afternoon, led by five different goal-scorers.

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