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Saturday, 16th February 2019

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/16/19
From Press Release

Paced by five-goal performances from freshman attackman Ryan Doran and sophomore attackman Shane Fable, nine Hawks scored as the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse squad exploded for a 21-10 road win over Fairfield (0-1) at Conway Field at Rafferty Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With their second consecutive victory, the Hawks open the season 2-0 for the first time since 2016.

The 21 goals match the most scored by the Hawks since a 21-9 home victory over Sacred Heart on April 19, 2014.

“This was a great team effort, all-around,” said head coach Taylor Wray following the win. “I told our guys to play with conviction and confidence and to compete on every play. They did that.”

Saint Joseph’s starting attack unit of Doran (5g, 1a), Fable (5g), and sophomore Nate Patterson (Lampeter-Strasburg) (3g, 2a) combined for 62 percent of SJU’s goal-scoring efforts while sophomore midfielder Nick Vernacchio (Upper Dublin) added a five-point performance with one goal and a team-high four assists.

“Our young attack group played like veterans, and they are really starting to build some nice chemistry together,” said Wray.

Freshman face-off specialist Zach Cole (Lenape) turned in another outstanding performance from the X, going 21-for-28 (75 percent), including a 13-for-17 first half, with a team-high nine ground balls, plus two goals and two helpers. Sophomore short stick defensive midfielder Jack Anderson added eight ground balls, seven right off of the face-off.

Sophomore goalkeeper Mike Adler (2-0) made 12 saves in 57:27, including nine in the first half alone, for his 12th collegiate victory.

Penn State 17, Stony Brook 4

The No. 4 Penn State men’s lacrosse team took down Stony Brook, 17-4, in the Nittany Lions’ first road game of the season in LaValle Stadium on Stony Brook’s campus.

Junior Mac O’Keefe was unstoppable on Saturday, scoring seven goals and adding one assist. O’Keefe’s seventh goal at the 2:47 mark in the second quarter marked his 100th career goal. He is just the eighth player in Penn State history to score 100 career goals. His eight points tie his career high as well, a mark he has hit twice in his career.

Sophomore Jack Kelly added his second-straight hat-trick, and both freshmen TJ Malone (Haverford School) and Jack Traynor (Malvern Prep) each added two goals. Malone also tacked on an assist.

Redshirt junior Grant Ament (Haverford School) dished out a team-high four assists and added a goal, while senior Nick Spillane added three assists. Redshirt junior Dylan Foulds and redshirt freshman Dan Reaume each added a goal to round out the scoring. Freshman Nate Buller and Brett Hobbs (Salesianum School) each dished out an assist.

Penn State stifled the Seawolves, holding them to just four goals as Penn State scored 15 unanswered before the host would get on the board with 2:28 left to play in the third quarter.

Junior goalie Colby Kneese recorded eight saves in 48:21 in a cage, and he gave up just one goal and got the win. Senior Trevor Scollins came in in relief for the final 11:39 and recorded a career-best six saves.

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