No. 4 RIT Pulls Away from No. 16 Fisher
from press release
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The #4 RIT men's lacrosse team scored three fourth quarter goals en route to a 14-12 win over #16 St. John Fisher College (9-3, 1-3 E8) in Empire 8 action on Wednesday. The Tigers defeat the Cardinals for the first time since the 2008 season and improve to 10-0 overall and 4-0 in the Empire 8. The 10-0 start for the Tigers is the best start since they won 13 straight back in 1985.
Junior Tyler Russell (Livonia, NY/Livonia) scored five goals to pace the Tigers who were outshot by the Cardinals 37-30. Senior Kelso Davis (Freeport, ME/Deerfield Academy) added a goal and four assists and A.J. Tingle (Cary, NC/Green Hope) added three goals. Jordan MacIntosh (Oakville, ON/Holy Trinity) had two goals and two assists, three ground balls and five caused turnovers.
MJ Kiekebelt (Caledon, Ontario/St. Andrews College/Aurora) dished out two assists, grabbed a game-high 11 ground balls and caused two turnovers. Senior Bob Tonnessen (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) improved to 10-0 on the season making 10 saves in net.
RIT never trailed in the game, and led 6-4 after the first quarter and were up 8-6 at the half. Russell scored four of his five goals in the first half for the Tigers.
The Cardinals made a comeback in the third quarter, outscoring RIT 4-3. Mitch Ritchie scored two straight goals late in the quarter to tie the score at 9-9 with 4:50 remaining.
MacIntosh gave the Tigers a one goal advantage with 4:04 remaining off an assist from Kiekebelt.
After a Kyle Denhoff goal tied the score at 10-10, Jordan Collins-Hartwig (Buffalo, NY/Clarence) stripped the ball from St. John Fisher's Eric Klein. Collins-Hartwig scooped up the loose ball, cleared the ball on his own and scored with three second remaining in the quarter to give RIT an 11-10 lead.
Russell scored off the opening face-off in the fourth quarter on an assist from MacIntosh to give RIT a two-goal lead at 12-10.
Schmidt and and Mike Byrnes scored consecutive goals for the Cardinals, tying the score at 12-12 with 8:03 to play in regulation.
Collins-Hartwig scored the eventual game-winner with 4:29 remaining off an assist from MacIntosh to give RIT a 13-12 lead. He fired a hard bounce shot from 12 yards out that beat Fisher goalie Jamie Campagna to give the Tigers the lead.
Tingle added an insurance goal with 2:44 remaining, and the TIgers were able to kill off the rest of the clock to pick up the win.
Fisher won the ground ball battle 43-38, but the Tigers were 16-of-17 on clearing attempts, while holding Fisher to 10-of-11. RIT was 0-for-4 on the man advantage, while Fisher was 0-for-1.
RIT will host #6 Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday, April 16 at 1 pm on RIT Field. Both teams come into the game undefeated. Saturday's game can be seen on Time Warner Sports Network.
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