Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/11/23
From Press Release
The Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team held Sacred Heart to just one second-half goal, using a 10-1 advantage in the final two quarters to win in a comfortable 17-5 win over the Pioneers on Saturday afternoon on Sweeney Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hawks grabbed the opening lead five minutes into the game, William King finding a crease through the middle of the field before firing past the Sacred Heart goalkeeper.
Levi Anderson added a second midway through the opening quarter to double the lead before Carter Page finished from close to counter a Sacred Heart goal, entering the second period at 3-1 in favor of the hosts.
Page tallied his second of the game in early stages of the second, finishing off a Colin Reich assist. Anderson also added his just 40 seconds later to take a 5-1 advantage.
The Pioneers scored three of the next five goals, but Ryan Doran and Matt Bohmer bookended the final eight and a half minutes of action in the opening half to give the Hawks a 7-4 lead at the break.
Just a minute into the third quarter, Sacred Heart cut the deficit to two goals before the Hawks turned the offense up.
St. Joe’s scored the final six goals of the frame, started off by Page’s hat trick to regain cushion. Tucker Brown followed suit with his first strike of the year before Anderson joined the ranks with his third of the afternoon to double up the Pioneers at 10-5. Bohmer, Jack McGorry (Allentown Central Catholic) and Reich closed off the frame with goals to push the Hawk lead to 13-5.
The Crimson and Gray piled on the goals on an extended 10-0 run, Mac McLaughlin (Sringside Chestnut Hill Academy) and King getting back in on the action in the fourth quarter. Both Stephen Dwyer and freshman Collin Campbell (Sanford School-DE) recorded their first goals of the season in the span of 30 seconds, capping off the scoring on a successful start to the 2023 campaign with a 17-5 victory.
Anderson and Page led the Hawks, each tallying three goals in the win. The two combined for 18 shots, 12 of them on goal.
Bohmer had a team-high four points, adding two goals and two assists on the afternoon.
King also produced a multi-goal game, finishing with two goals and an assist.
The Hawks outshot the Pioneers 50-21, a 32-10 discrepancy in shots on target.
Grad student Scott MacMillan (Conestoga) made four saves on eight shots on target for the win, Robbie Seeley adding a save in clean up.
Zach Cole (Lenape-NJ) was 17-23 on face offs, securing 10 ground balls on the day. Conor Trant made his season debut, winning 2-3 face offs. Pat Clemens (Springfield-Delco, 3GB, 2CT) and Joe Burnham (La Salle, 2GB, 1CT) led the defense.
Delaware 14, Lafayette 5
The No. 12 Blue Hens opened the season today with an easy win over Lafayette .
The five goals were the least amount of goals the Blue Hens allowed since Feb. 20, 2021, when they defeated NJIT 15-4. It was also the first time the Blue Hens held an opponent to five goals or less in the season opener since 2014 against High Point.
The Blue Hens got out to a hot start in the first half. The first six goals were scored by six different players. Drew Lenkaitis (Unionville, 1G, 1A) got the Blue Hens on the board first with a goal in the sixth minute. Mike Robinson, JP Ward, and Tye Kurtz added goals in the first quarter, while Nick Jessen and Jason Kolar added goals in the second quarter.
After Lafayette cut the Blue Hens’ lead to 7-2, they finished the third quarter scoring five straight goals. Four of the five goals during the run were scored by Robinson, Ward, and Kurtz, including a goal by Kurtz as time expired. Brendan Powers also notched his first career goal as a Blue Hen in the third quarter.
Kurtz led the Blue Hens in goals with five, points with six, and shots with 13. He is two points away from becoming the seventh player in program history to reach 200 points. Mike Robinson led the Blue Hens in assists with two, totaling four points on the day. Defensively, Owen Grant and Joe Speers each caused a turnover. In net, Matt Kilkeary picked up the decision. He had 12 saves, allowed five goals, and had a save percentage of .706. Roland Hockenberry was 12-of-17 in faceoffs. His .706 faceoff win percentage is a career-best (min. 10 attempts), and his 12 wins tied a career high.
Jack Irish (Malvern Prep) had two goals and an assist and Charlie Cunniffe (Episcopal Academy) scored once for Lafayette (0-2).
As a team, the Blue Hens outshot the Leopards 55-38, including a 28-17 shots-on-goal advantage. The Blue Hens also had the advantage in faceoffs at 13-of-22 compared to the Leopards at 9-of-22.
Lehigh 20, Fairfield 10
All three starting attackmen recorded hat tricks, with Christian Mule’ leading the way with 10 points (6A, 4G) for the Mountain Hawks. Mule’s 10 points tied a career-high. Scott Cole notched seven points (4G, 3A), and Justin Tiernan had five goals.
It was a back-and-forth first quarter. Cole gave Lehigh the edge in the first quarter, scoring a goal with 10 seconds left in the first frame to put Lehigh up 5-4. The Mountain Hawks dominated from there on out.
Tiernan erupted in the second quarter, scoring three goals in less than two minutes. Mule’ scored another goal right after Tiernan to mark a 4-0 run for Lehigh. Fairfield’s Jack McKenna stopped the 4-0 Lehigh run with his own goal with 7:25 left in the second quarter. McKenna led Fairfield with five goals.
The Stags netted the last two goals of the second quarter to cut Lehigh’s lead to 10-7 at halftime.
Lehigh stepped up after the second half and came out roaring. Cole scored two straight goals, and Grant Rodny netted his first collegiate goal with 11:42 left in the third quarter. The Stags responded from there with two goals of their own, but Lehigh went on a 5-0 run.
McKenna once again stopped the Lehigh run with five minutes left in the game, but Lehigh’s defense held Fairfield scoreless for the rest of the game.
Mike Sisselberger (Southern Lehigh) was dominant on Saturday. He was 19-of-30 from the “x”. Matt Marker (Allentown Central Catholic) had a goal and an assist, defenseman Ryan Niggeman (Haverford School) had two groundballs and a caused turnover and Andrew Kelly (La Salle) scored once..