Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/2/16
From Press Releases
The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team scored the first ten goals of the game and cruised to a 15-6 victory over Wagner in Northeast Conference action at Hameline Field on Saturday afternoon. The Hawks, who have now won four straight, improve to 7-2 overall (2-0 NEC) while the Seahawks fall to 5-6 overall (0-2) NEC.
Senior midfielder Kevin Forster (La Salle) tallied a game-high five points on one goal and four assists while redshirt sophomore midfielder Hayes McGinley posted four points on two goals and two assists. Junior attackman Mike Rastivo (2g, 1a), junior midfielder Kevin Reidinger, senior attackman Pat Swanick (St. Joseph’s Prep), and freshman midfielder Jack Lombardo added two goals apiece. 10 Hawks scored and a total of 14 Hawks tallied at least one point in the victory.
Saint Joseph’s won a season-high 21 wins from the face-off in 25 opportunities for a season-high 84% from the X, in large part due to the 16-of-18 effort from junior specialist Mike Lanham (Garnet Valley), who added a game-best eight ground balls.
Junior goalkeeper T.J. Jones (7-2, 2-0 NEC) picked up his seventh win of the season, making eight saves and allowing five goals in the first 51:42.
Saint Joseph’s returns home to face Sacred Heart in NEC action next Saturday, April 9. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
GAME NOTES: With the victory, the Hawks have now won all 14 consecutive NEC regular-season games since joining the NEC in 2014… Saint Joseph’s is now 17-0 all-time against Wagner and have outscored the Seahawks 57-26 through five games under the direction of head coach Taylor Wray.
Delaware 9, UMass 7
The University of Delaware’s biggest win of the men’s lacrosse season could not have come at a better time Saturday afternoon as the Hens scored the first four goals of the final quarter to break a tie and moved on to a 9-7 win over No. 19 ranked Massachusetts in the Colonial Athletic Association opener at Delaware Stadium.
Blue Hen sophomore Dean DiSimone (St. Augustine Prep) netted his second consecutive hat trick as he scored two of his three goals during the pivotal fourth quarter barrage that pushed the Delaware lead to 9-5 with 2:16 left to play.
Connor Frisina (Conestoga) had two goals and Paul Major (Spring-Ford) added one for the Hens.
UMass (4-5, 0-1 CAA), which had a two-game win streak snapped, scored twice in the final two minutes but the Blue Hens (4-7, 1-0 CAA) held on down the stretch and snapped a two-game losing streak of their own.
Delaware, playing at home for the first time since Mar. 5, won for the first time since a 12-11 triumph over Binghamton on Mar. 12.
Delaware’s win was its first over a Top 20 opponent since a 13-9 victory over then No. 8 Villanova during the 2012 season and gave the Hens a win in their conference opener for the first time since 2011.
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