Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/29/16
From Press Release
The No. 5 Villanova men’s lacrosse team (6-2) dropped their last non-conference game of the season to the No. 3 Brown Bears (7-0) by a final of 19-8.
It was Brown who got on the board first with a goal by Kylor Bellistri with the assist from Haverford School grad and 2012 Phillylacrosse.com Player of the Year Henry Blynn (three goals, two assists, Duke’s L.C.), but the Wildcats tied things up just a few minutes later thanks to a goal by Jack Curran. The Bears answered back going on a three goal run that was put to an end by a Devin McNamara goal with the assist credited to Curran.
The rest of the first half was all Brown, the Bears scored seven goals over a 21 minute period to take a 11-2 lead heading into halftime. Bellistri scored one of the goals while both Dylan Molloy and Blynn each had a goal and assist during the run. Dan Willis (Moorestown) played the first half in goal for Villanova he finished with six saves and three ground balls.
Senior face-off specialist Will Gural (Haverford School, Duke’s LC) captured 10-of-17 face-offs and picked-up a game high seven ground balls. He also scored once.
Villanova started off the second half with an early goal in the opening seconds; Jake Froccaro found Kurtis Naslonski inside to get the Wildcats on the board. The Bears scored the next two goals with Blynn having one and Jack Kelly had the other.
Villanova’s Jake Froccaro scored his first goal of the game at the 12 minute mark of the third quarter on a pass from Sean Cerrone next it was Curran who found the back of the net with the assist from McNamara, to make the score 13-5 Brown. The Bears scored two more goals to the Wildcats one to close out the third; Bailey Tillis scored both for Brown while Danny Seibel scored for Villanova.
Brown’s Bellistri scored his fourth goal of the game to start the fourth quarter and was followed by a Molloy goal to give the Bears a 17-6 lead with just under seven minutes remaining in the game. Danny O’Connell and Matt McIver scored for the Wildcats in the closing minutes while Brown added two more goals of their own to make the final 19-8.
Nick Testa played the second half between the pipes for the Wildcats he finished with seven saves, four of those coming in the fourth quarter. Also defensively John Moderski had a team high three caused turnovers and three groundballs.
Jake Froccaro won a dominating 6-9 faceoffs today and had a team high six groundballs while Luke Palmadesso went 8-19 on the X for the Wildcats.
Stony Brook 16, Lehigh 8
Tied at one midway through the first quarter, No. 12 Stony Brook scored nine of the next 10 goals to take a 10-2 lead, a deficit the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team couldn’t overcome as the Seawolves went on to a at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Junior Matt Raposo led the Mountain Hawks’ offense with two goals while freshman Craig Chick tallied six groundballs and three caused turnovers, also winning three faceoffs. With the loss, Lehigh falls to 5-4 while Stony Brook improves to 7-2.
Along with Raposo’s two goals, senior Reid Weber, junior Ian Strain (Episcopal Academy) and freshmen Tristan Rai and Lucas Spence (Springfield-Delco) scored for the Mountain Hawks. Freshman Eddie Bouhall recorded four groundballs and one caused turnover while senior Tripp Telesco had three groundballs and a caused turnover.
Weber evened the score at one at the 8:37 mark of the first quarter on a nifty unassisted goal. The Seawolves answered with the next three goals before Raposo’s first goal of the evening pulled Lehigh within 4-2 with exactly three minutes remaining in the opening stanza.
Stony Brook answered in a big way, scoring the next six goals to take a 10-2 lead at 2:21 of the second quarter. Lehigh responded with the next two goals, from Rai with 54 seconds left in the second and Raposo at 13:37 of the third to pull his squad within 10-4.
From there, Stony Brook’s Ryan Bitzer recorded a natural hat trick, scoring three straight goals, including the final two with the 30-second shot clock running. The Seawolves led, 13-4 after three quarter of play.
Two early fourth-quarter goals, from Strain and Spence, pulled the Mountain Hawks within 13-6 with 13:27 left in the fourth quarter, but that’s as close as they would get. Bitzer rounded out the game’s scoring with two more mid fourth-quarter goals for the 16-6 final.