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Men’s lacrosse: @SJUHawks_MLax stays undefeated in NEC with win over Wagner

Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 4/8/15
From Press Release

The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team tore off for nine consecutive goals that spanned 18:50 as the Hawks downed Wagner, 14-3, in a rain-soaked Northeast Conference game on Sweeney Field on Tuesday evening. With the win, Saint Joseph’s improves to 7-5 overall and 3-0 in the NEC while Wagner falls to 4-6 overall and 1-2 in league play.

“Great performance from endline to endline tonight,” said head coach Taylor Wray following the game. “I was really pleased with our team and proud of them. We were well-prepared in a short turn-around . . . The guys really executed, especially early-on against the zone. It’s a difficult thing to get into an offensive rhythm when you have a team zoning you . . . I thought our stickwork was really crisp, and that led to a lot of assisted goals in the first half.”

It would take 9:31 for either team to open scoring as junior attack Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep) scored his first of a team-best four goals on the day on a feed from sophomore attack Mike Rastivo at the 5:19 mark of the first period.

Wagner’s JP Pawela answered with an unassisted score with 4:09 to play in the first as the score stood at 1-1 after the first 15:00.

Sparked by a 15-shot second period, the Hawks would then fire in all eight goals of the second 15:00 and the first score of the third to jump out to a 10-1 lead with 25:47 to play in regulation. The final seven of those nine goals would be assisted.

After a pair of unassisted scores just 25 seconds apart from freshman attack Chris Blewitt (14:37) and sophomore midfielder Ray Vandegrift (Penn Charter), graduate student attack Ryan McGee netted his 100th career goal on a feed from sophomore midfielder Anthony Joaquim to extend SJU’s lead, 4-1, at the 13:56 mark of the second.

Blewitt scored again at the 12:07 mark before Rastivo netted three consecutive scores on assists from Blewitt (9:30), freshman midfielder Davis Stoner (8:16), and McGee (6:54) and Swanick netted a pair on feeds from senior midfielder Josh Cavanaugh (Springfield-Delco) and McGee (10:47, 3rd) to close out the 9-0 run.

Wagner’s Pawela scored at the 8:24 mark of the third to close the Seahawks’ deficit to eight, but senior attack Mike Dougherty (Malvern Prep), sophomore midfielder Kevin Reidinger, and Swanick put together a trio of Hawk goals to extend SJU’s lead, 13-2, heading into the final 7:35.

Freshman midfielder Jason Kelly’s (Salesianum School) first career goal on a feed from senior attack Matt Sarcona gave SJU its 14th goal of the game with 1:37 to play, and a late Wagner goal with under a minute left would set the final score at 14-3.

Saint Joseph’s owned a dominant 44-16 advantage in shots, sparked by 15 apiece in both the second and third periods. The Hawks also held a 36-22 edge in ground balls and forced 20 Wagner turnovers, including 10 on failed clears as the Seahawks went 8-of-18 in clear attempts. The Hawks would convert 18-of-19.

Swanick and Rastivo combined for seven goals on 14 shots. On the defensive end of the field, senior Will Farrell (St. Joseph’s Prep) scooped up a game-high five ground balls while sophomore midfielder Anthony Joaquim added four. Senior Kevin Barrow (Avon Grove) caused a game-high three turnovers in the win.

Wagner used four face-off specialists to come away with 11 of the game’s 21 total possessions from the X while SJU’s Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley) went 9-of-16 from the circle.

Saint Joseph’s sophomore goalkeeper T.J. Jones (5-3, 3-0 NEC) was outstanding in net, making five saves and allowing just two scores in 54:00. Jones played a scoreless 25:45 in net from Wagner’s first score at 4:09 in the first period to its second score with 8:24 to play in the third.

Freshman goalkeeper Pat Dallon made save and allowed one goal in the final 6:00.

The Hawks return to Northeast Conference action this Saturday, April 11 at Mount St. Mary’s. Opening face-off at Waldron Family Stadium in Emmitsburg, Md. is scheduled for noon.

GAME NOTES: Graduate student attack Ryan McGee scored his 100th career goal at the 13:56 mark of the second period to become just the fifth Hawk in men’s lacrosse program history to reach 100 career goals as he joins Randy McNeill ’01, Chris McIsaac ’97, Drew Scott ’00, and Bill Oakes ’98.



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