Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/7/15
From Press Release
Host St. Joseph’s jumped out to 4-0 lead and never looked back as the Hawks downed Monmouth, 9-2, on Saturday afternoon on Sweeney Field.
In his first start of the season, senior goalkeeper Dustin Keen (Downingtown West) made 14 saves in the full 60:00 for his 12th career win in net. Keen made seven saves in the first three periods and added seven in the fourth period alone. Philly grads led the St. Joe’s defense as LSM Will Farrell (St. Joseph’s Prep) had three groundballs, a caused turnover and an assist and Charles Giunta (Penn Charter) and Kevin Barrow (Avon Grove) also paced the defense as starters.
Saint Joseph’s sophomore midfielder Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley) went a dominating 11-of-15 from the face-off, including a perfect 3-of-3 in the second period, and added a game-high seven ground balls.
Saint Joseph’s (3-3) got on the scoreboard first on a score from senior attack Kyle Bruun at the 8:59 mark. Sophomore midfielder Kevin Reidinger scored just 1:12 later on a dish from senior midfielder Josh Cavanaugh (Springfield-Delco) to put the Hawks up by two before sophomore attack Mike Rastivo netted a pair of unassisted scores (4:06, 2:24) to close out the 4-0 run.
Monmouth (2-2) tallied back-to-back goals in the second period as Tyler Keen (Downingtown West) and Bryce Wasserman combined for the visiting Hawks’ only two scores of the day to close the deficit to two goals, 4-2, heading into the halftime break. Zach Schleicher (Conestoga) had one assist for Monmouth.
From that point on, the home Hawks dominated, scoring the final six goals of the day. Redshirt junior attack Kevin Forster (La Salle) and junior attack Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep) (7:02) fired off unassisted scores and freshman attack Chris Blewitt netted his seventh goal of the season on a dish from senior defenseman Will Farrell (St. Joseph’s Prep) to extend SJU’s lead, 7-2, with 1:41 left in the third.
Graduate student attack Ryan McGee would score at the 4:59 mark of the fourth on an assist from Swanick and Rastivo added his third goal of the day on an assist from Blewitt en route to the 9-2 final.
For the game, Saint Joseph’s owned a 32-23 advantage in shots, including a 21-9 first half, and a 36-20 advantage in ground balls. Rastivo (7) and McGee (6) combined for 13 shots and seven ground balls.
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