Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/1/18
From Press Release
St. Joseph’s broke an early 2-2 tie with six consecutive goals that spanned from late in the first quarter into the early third and never looked back as the Hawks earned gtheir second Northeast Conference victory with a 12-7 win over host Wagner at Hameline Stadium on Saturday afternoon on Staten Island, N.Y.
With their fifth straight win, the Hawks improve to 5-3 overall (2-0 NEC) while the Seahawks fall to 4-6 overall (0-2 NEC).
“A win is a win and we will take it, but I didn’t think today was our sharpest performance of the year,” said St. Joe’s head coach Taylor Wray. “We had some opportunities to break it open in transition and didn’t complete the plays. I thought Wagner did a great job of battling back when we started to separate a little bit, and they played us tough to the final whistle.”
Senior attackman Mike Rastivo (3g, 1a) and senior midfielder Will McNamara (career-high 3g, 3GB, 2CT, Haverford School) put away hat tricks for the Hawks while freshman attackman Shane Fable (2g, 1a) also added a multi-goal performance. Senior attackman Chris Blewitt and senior midfielder Kyle Cain dished out three assists apiece.
McNamara, who recorded his first career multi-goal game with his first career hat trick, also excelled on the defensive end of the field with a trio of ground balls.
“Will [McNamara] was incredible today,” said Wray. “Not just his three goals, but the way he defended. His play on the wings was terrific.”
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mike Adler (4-3, 2-0 NEC) made 10 saves vs. seven goals allowed in the full 60:00 for his fourth win of the spring.
Cain got the Hawks moving offensively with a pair of early helpers, finding senior midfielder Jason Kelly (14:12) and Fable (11:45) for an early 2-0 SJU edge.
Wagner equalized on a pair of unassisted scores (9:21, 5:20) but Fable netted his second of the game (3:27) on a feed from Blewitt to close out the first quarter with the Hawks up by one, 3-2.
Despite going 0-for-4 from the face-off in the second quarter, the Hawks found a way to score three straight to dominate the second as McNamara (14:26), senior long stick midfielder Austin Smith, and Rastivo (0:13) hit the back of the net and Adler made a pair of saves to blank the Seahawk offense.
SJU scored twice more to open the third quarter, as Cain found senior midfielder Hayes McGinley for a man-up goal (12;36) and sophomore defenseman Liam Hare (Spring-Ford found Rastivo (12:21) just 15 seconds later.
Wagner would then score four of the game’s next six to inch to within four goals, 10-4, entering the final 7:05 of regulation, but McNamara (5:20), assisted by Fable, and freshman attackman Thomas Halm (2:06), assisted by freshman midfielder Jack Anderson, combined for two of the game’s final three goals.
For the game, Wagner owned a slight 38-34 edge in shots, but the Hawks held the Seahawks to just six shots (and zero goals allowed on those six shots) in the second quarter. The Hawks owned a 33-22 advantage in ground balls and turned the ball over just nine times for the game. The Seahawks earned 13 of the game’s 23 possessions from the face-off.
Andrew Strelein (Lenape) had two goals and an assist.
Senior short stick defensive midfielder Davis Stoner had a monstrous defensive game for the Hwwks with a game-high seven ground balls and a game-high four caused turnovers. Smith added six ground balls while Blewitt contributed four from the attack and both Hare and McNamara went for three. Freshman Billy Jardeleza went 6-of-16 from the X before freshman Tyler Green took SJU’s last seven face-offs to go 4-of-7 from the day. Jason Kelly (Salesianum School) scored once.
“As we always do, we will break down the game, learn from our experiences, and hopefully, it will make us better for the next one,” added Wray. “We’re in a good spot right now at 2-0 in the league and excited to play the next three games at home.”