Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/21/18
From Press Release
Led by the members of its senior/graduate student class, who combined for 12 of SJU’s 14 goals, the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse squad defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 14-7, in Northeast Conference action on Senior Day on Sweeney Field on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Hawks improve to 9-3 overall and remain undefeated in NEC play (5-0) while the Mountaineers fall to 4-9 (1-4 NEC).
Saint Joseph’s has now won nine games, which marks the longest winning streak in program history.
Senior attackman Chris Blewitt (2g, 4a) led the Hawks with six points, five of them coming in the first quarter, while senior midfielder Hayes McGinley (3g on three shots, 1a) and graduate student attackman Mike Rastivo (3g) added hat tricks to lead the offense.
Goalkeeper Mike Adler continued to dominate between the pipes as the redshirt freshman made 15 saves, seven in the first half and eight in the second, vs. five goals allowed in 54:10.
Saint Joseph’s closes out the 2018 regular season at Robert Morris (10-3, 4-1) next Saturday. Opening face-off at Joe Walton Stadium in Moon Township, Pa. is set for 1:00 p.m. The Colonials, currently ranked 19th in the nation, are on a four-game winning streak.
A win for the Hawks next Saturday would earn SJU the top seed for the 2018 NEC Tournament as well as the right to host the tournament on Sweeney Field.
Penn 10, Dartmouth 9, 2 OT
The 20th-ranked Quakers trailed for much of Saturday’s game with the Big Green at Scully-Fahey Field, but scored three goals in a row to take an 8-6 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Dartmouth responded, however, and overtime was needed to settle things. Then another. Finally, just 1:05 into the second extra frame, senior Kevin McGeary (Malvern Prep) —playing potentially his last collegiate game—put the hero cape on and scored unassisted to give Penn the 10-9 win.
Penn leveled both its overall (7-7) and Ivy League (3-3) records, and the other results around the League—Princeton beating Harvard, Cornell beating Brown—left the Quakers in good standing for a Tournament spot in two weeks in New York City. Nothing is guaranteed, of course, so the Red and Blue will anxiously watch the scoreboards next Saturday when Princeton hosts Cornell (1 p.m.), Yale hosts Harvard (3:30 p.m.), and Brown hosts Dartmouth (4 p.m.).
McGeary’s goal was his only tally of the day, and it came after a long possession by the recent Boston Cannons draft pick. He was able to get close enough to rip a shot that found the net and propelled Penn to victory.
It capped a game that featured a fourth quarter that saw as many goals (9) as the first three quarters combined. In the first OT, both teams had chances to win but both goalies were equal to the task.
Adam Goldner (Malvern Prep) had three goals for Penn, while Simon Mathias had two goals and three assists as he extended his goal and point-scoring streaks. Reilly Hupfeldt (Haverford School) scored twice, including a goal that put Penn up 9-8 late in regulation.
Villanova 10, Hofstra 8
Connir Kirst had three goals and the Wildcats used a strong first quarter. Villanova moves to 9-4 on the year and 2-2 in BIG EAST play while St. John’s is 6-7 overall and 0-4 in conference play.