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Men’s lacrosse wrap: St. Joe’s rallies past Marist; Chestnut Hill College rolls behind Owen (Haverford School)

Wednesday, 25th April 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/25/12
From Press Releases

The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team grabbed its second victory in a row Tuesday with a thrilling 10-9 overtime win against Marist, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on Tuesday night. Sophomore Ryan McGee scored six goals but none more important than the game-winner which came with just one second left on the overtime clock.

The Hawks got off to a rough start as Marist jumped out to early 3-1 advantage. McGee got SJU on the board at the 12 minute mark with the first goal. Johnny Simanski added the second goal with 11 seconds remaining in the opening quarter to make the score 3-2 heading into the first break.

Captain Bobby Hurley (St. Joseph’s Prep) kept the hot hand for Saint Joseph’s as he was set up by McGee to tie the game. McGee went on to add his second at 12:03 in the second as the Hawks took their first lead of the evening. The Red Foxes answered back with a three-goal stretch of their own in the last 11 minutes of the first half and took a 6-4 lead into halftime.

The second half would belong to SJU as it outscored Marist in each quarter. After Marist scored its fourth in a row, McGee added two more as Kyle Williams got his first goal of the night. The Red Foxes added one more before the third ended making the score 8-7 in favor of Marist, heading into the final frame.

Drew Nesmith of Marist was committed a charging penalty just six seconds into the fourth as the penalty set up the game-tying goal when Williams found McGee for his fifth of the night. Nesmith gained some redemption as he scored the go-ahead with 9:28 to play in regulation. After a scoreless nine minutes of action, Williams netted his second to tie the game and send play into extra time.

Marist controlled the ball most of overtime after they won the face-off. The Red Foxes fired a total of six shots as Griffin Ferrigan made two saves in the extra frame. It took SJU until the 12 second mark in overtime to get its first shot. After Williams shot went wide, McGee sealed the victory with the go-ahead goal as the clock read one second.

Ferrigan got his fifth win of the season while posting 11 saves as Craig Goodermote was credited with the loss after stopping 10 shots.

Jack Doherty, Connor Rice and Evan Guarini each scored two goals apiece to lead the Fed Foxes as Colin Joka (Plymouth Whitemarsh), Rice and Doherty each added two assists to their nights.

The shots were even at 33 while Marist held the advantage in face-offs at 14-9. The Red Foxes turned the ball over 20 tines to SJU’s 15.

Saint Joseph’s will return to action for its season finale on Saturday, as it honors its ten graduating seniors against Towson. The game is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

Chestnut Hill College 13, Molloy 4

After dominating the opening quarter 4-0, Chestnut Hill College went on to defeat its East Coast Conference (ECC) rival. The Griffins outshot the Lions 40-15 with junior attack Craig Owen (Haverford School) leading the way with five goals on nine shots.

Molloy College (7-6, 2-5) answered the Chestnut Hill College (7-5, 4-4) opening quarter with two goals at the start of the second frame; the first from freshman attack Tom Engelhardt (Bethpage, NY) at 12:04, 4-1, and the second from freshman midfielder Anthony Marion (Seaford, NY) at 9:38, 4-2. The Griffins got back on track soon after the second Lion tally with junior midfielder Mike Duddy (Toms River, NJ) scoring off the feed from sophomore midfielder Mike Landau (Lancaster, PA) at 9:04, 5-2, and sophomore attack Mike Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario) at 7:57, 6-2. The Griffins scored three more goals before halftime to lead the Lions 9-2 at the break. With a 4-3 third-quarter spread and no fourth quarter scoring the Griffins ended their recent four-game losing streak with a 13-4 triumph.

Engelhardt and Marino led the Lions with two points apiece, Engelhardt adding a helper to his tally while Marino provided his second goal as the Lions first second-half score. Junior midfielder Kevin Catalano (Levittown, NY) recorded the other Lion goal while junior goalkeeper Tommy Bruno (Wantagh, NY) took the loss (2-2) despite 13 saves and three ground balls.

Complimenting Owen, Melnychenko, Duddy, and Landu scored two goals apiece. Melnychenko also offered three assists, two ground balls, and a caused turnover, while Landau added an assist and two ground balls to his scores. Sophomore midfielder Sean Johnson (Toms River, NJ) controlled the face-off circle, winning 13-of-17 (.765) and hustling to five ground balls. He also scored first goal of the season at the start of the second half. In goal, junior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, PA) earned the win (7-5) with seven saves, four ground balls, and a caused turnover.

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