Bressler, No. 5 RIT Meander Past Hartwick
from press release
ONEONTA, N.Y. - The fifth ranked RIT men's lacrosse team improved to 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in conference play with a 14-5 win at Hartwick College on Saturday afternoon. Senior Iric Bressler (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) led a balanced Tigers attack with seven points on two goals and five assists, as nine different Tigers scored goals. MJ Kiekebelt (Caledon, Ontario/St. Andrews College/Aurora) led a stout RIT defense, grabbing eight ground balls and causing three turnovers.
RIT led 3-0 after the first quarter. Bressler and Russell accounted for all the scoring. Bressler scored the first two goals of the quarter and Russell scored with 1:37 to play in the quarter on an assist from Bressler to give the Tigers the early advantage.
The Tigers added four more goals in the second quarter and led 7-3 at the half. Russell, Kelso Davis (Freeport, ME/Deerfield Academy), Chris Cherami (Olwick, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) and Jordan MacIntosh (Oakville, ON/Holy Trinity) all scored for RIT.
Cherami and MacIntosh scored the only goals in the third quarter as the Tigers increased their lead to 9-3.
RIT added five goals in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Russell finished with three goals, while Bressler, Cherami and MacIntosh each had two goals. A.J. Tingle (Cary, NC/Green Hope) and Doug Hemink (Rochester, NY/Churchville-Chili) each had a goal and an assist.
RIT dominated defensively allowing only 11 shots to get through on net. The Tigers won the ground ball battle 43-27 and were 16-of-17 on clearing attempts.
Bob Tonnessen (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) picked up his fifth win of the season allowing four goals and making four saves. Kiekebelt was awesome, grabbing eight ground balls, winning 110-of-15 face offs, causing three turnovers and adding an assist.
RIT returns to action on Wednesday, March 30 when they travel to Cortland to face the fourth-ranked Red Dragons in a re-match of last years NCAA Quarterfinals match-up. Face-off is set for 4 pm in Cortland, New York.
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