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Men’s lacrosse: Chestnut Hill College (ranked No. 12 in D2) cruises in home opener, 18-4

Wednesday, 7th March 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/7/12
From Press Release

The nationall-ranked Chestnut Hill College men’s lacrosse team opened its home schedule Tuesday by routing Assumption, 18-4.

Using a 6-0 first quarter spurt, the Griffins (2-1), ranked No. 12 in Division II, controlled the Greyhounds for the duration of the affair. Sophomore attack Mike Melnychenko was one of six Griffins to record multiple-point performances, netting three goals and providing two assists.

Junior midfielder Nick Johnson netted his first collegiate goal with 10:45 remaining in the first quarter to break the ice for Chestnut Hill College, 1-0. Only 22 seconds later (10:23), junior defenseman Tom Carfagna (Laurys Station, PA) located senior attack Kevin Festa for to make it 2-0 Griffins. Johnson struck again at 5:03, 3-0, and by the end of the period the spread reached 6-0 with three more unanswered Griffin goals.

Assumption College (0-1) finally got on the scoreboard at the start of the second quarter with freshman attack Garrett Smith finishing a pass from freshman attack John Powers, 6-1, but it was only a momentary lapse for the Griffins who extended their advantage to 9-1 by halftime. Play slowed in the second half, but the Griffins offense did not; scoring nine more goals to the Greyhounds three, they grew the deficit to 18-4 by game’s end.

Melnychenko caused two turnovers and recovered a ground ball in addition to his offensive production. He was matched in goals by junior attack Craig Owen (Haverford School), who recorded an assist, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers in addition to his three-goal game. Johnson was one of four Griffins to total two goals; Festa, sophomore midfielder Mike Landau (Lancaster, PA), and junior midfielder D.J. Klusaritz (Parkland) were the others.

Sophomore midfielder Sean Johnsen won 8-of-17 (47.1%) face-offs and he controlled four ground balls. Defensively, junior defenseman Joe Rucinsky (Camp Hill, PA) led the Griffins with four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while junior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, PA) earned the win (2-1) with ten saves and four ground balls.


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