No. 8 NYIT Rolls Past Chestnut Hill
from press release
OLD WESTBURTY, N.Y. – The Griffins returned to their daunting East Coast Conference (ECC) schedule this afternoon with a visit to #8 New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Chestnut Hill College led early, but the Bears answered to own a 5-3 first-quarter lead before defeating the Griffins 17-11. Four Griffins finished with two goals, sophomore attack Shane Morlock (Whitby, Ontario) added an assist to lead the pride.
Junior attack Kevin Festa (Auburn, NY) and sophomore midfielder Bart Pierre (Maplewood, NJ) book ended a NYIT (7-3, 5-2) goal to give Chestnut Hill College (6-5, 2-5) an opening 2-1 advantage. Unfortunately, the Bears quickly matched the Griffins initial intensity to hold a 5-3 first-quarter lead. Graduate attack Chris Lubin (Syosset, NY) took over for NYIT as play entered the second quarter. He set-up three goals directing the Bears to a 9-4 halftime advantage. Following intermission, a late Griffin charge would even the third quarter, 12-7, but after trading goals for the first ten minutes of the final period, 14-11, a closing 3-0 Bear run would separate the home team for a 17-11 win.
Lubin totaled seven points supplying two goals and five assists for the Bears, while freshman attack Cory Triola (Levittown, PA) led all scorers with five goals. Defensively, senior Brian Mangan (Wantagh, NY) and sophomore Justin Annunziato (Rocky Point, NY) helped junior goalkeeper Williams McGee (Rocky Point, NY). Mangan and Annunziato combined for seven ground balls and seven caused turnovers, while McGee made nine saves and collected three ground balls in the win (7-3).
Morlock, Pierre, freshman attack Mike Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario), and sophomore midfielder Mark Winkelspecht (Laurys Station, PA) each scored two goals for the Griffins. Sophomore midfielder Alex Sabia (Conshohocken, PA) was 10-for-20 in the face-off circle and hustled to two ground balls, while freshman defenseman Chris Schaffer (Lititz, PA) caused four turnovers. In the loss (6-5), sophomore goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, PA) made 11 saves and recovered one ground ball.
The men's lacrosse team continues ECC play with a 12:00 p.m. contest against Dowling College on Saturday, April 23.