March 19, 2011

Dangerous Bear: NYIT Jolts No. 3 Dowling

from press release

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y.
- Sophomore middie A.P. Nist (Parkland, Pa.) netted the game-winning goal late in the third quarter as NYIT lacrosse handed No. 3 Dowling its first loss of the season as the Bears defeated the Golden Lions 10-7 in East Coast Conference play on Saturday. The victory evened NYIT's record to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in league play. Dowling dropped to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in ECC action.

Reigning East Coast Conference Player of the week Chris Lubin (Syosset, N.Y.) and senior Mike Palmer (Westbury, N.Y.) both recorded hat tricks in the outing, while Palmer dished out an assist of Nist's game-winner. Graduate student Lubin has tallied a hat trick in all four contests thus far.

NYIT took an early 4-1 lead in the first half as Palmer scored unassisted in the third minute. The Golden Lions evened the score as Vito Demola found the back of the net. But, the Bears would respond with three goals spaced about two minutes apart from Lubin, Bobby Calhoun (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Ryan Amengual (West Babylon, N.Y.).

However, the second period was all Dowling. The Golden Lions netted five goals in the 15 minutes to knot the score and take a two-goal advantage 6-4. Yet, the Bears mimicked the action in the third quarter as they taked on four runs to tie the game and take a the lead for good. Palmer opened the quarter with his second goal of the game to bring NYIT within one, 6-5. Three and a half minutes in, junior Joe Herman (Seaford, N.Y.) then launched on in for the game equalizer, 6-6. The next seven minutes were held scoreless, but Nist would break NYIT free of the stalemate with 4:10 to go and Lubin would score with 16 seconds remaining to give the Bears an 8-6 edge.

The fourth quarter was pretty quiet compared to the rest as only three goals were scored. Palmer and Lubin scored the final two goals for NYIT, while Dan Abbene netted his third of the game. He led the offense for Dowling.

The win was awarded to junior goalkeeper Billy McGee (Rocky Point, N.Y.). He collected a career-high 21 saves on 36 shots faced. McGee is now 2-2 on the year. The loss was dealt to Ryan Doughtery (4-1), who tallied 14 saves.

NYIT returns to action on Wednesday, Mar. 23 on the road at Bentley College. Face-off is slated for 4 p.m. in Waltham, Mass.


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