No. 6 NYIT Downs Lake Erie
from press release
OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. - Sixth-ranked NYIT men's lacrosse improved to 4-1 on the season with an East Coast Conference season opening win over Lake Erie Saturday afternoon at President's Stadium. The Bears defeated the Storm with a final score of 8-5. Freshman Luke Miller (Mastic, N.Y.) and sophomore Cory Triola (Levittown, N.Y.) led with two goals each in the victory.
After seven scoreless minutes, NYIT feel behind 0-2 as Lake Erie netted back-to-back goals a minute apart. Yet, rookie Ryan Brunet broke through the silence at 5:44 to make it a 2-1 game on an man-up opportunity. Each team scored once more before the close of the first period, giving the Storm a small 3-2 edge.
The Bears then dominated in the second period as they tied the score on a man-up goal by freshman Brandon Gamblin (Lake Grove, N.Y.) at 13:08. Just over six minutes later sophomore Bobby Calhoun (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) came up with with two huge assists that gave NYIT a 5-3 edge. Rookie Steven Compitello (Bohemia, N.Y.) and Triola both scored off the feeds.
However, Lake Erie was not done quite yet and closed out the first half with a man-up goal of its own. The Storm continued the momentum in the third period as the game was tied for the second time. Josh Becker made it a 5-5 game with 6:47 remaining in the third period.
Yet, it was Miller who dominated for the Bears in the second half. He set up senior Jason Smith (Setauket, N.Y.) for the game-winner at 4:59 and the scored his second goal of the game at 3:01 on a man-up opportunity. The Bears led 7-5 heading into the fourth period. The last and final 15 minutes were quiet but Miller was able to find Triola at 7:04 that gave NYIT the 8-5 win.
In the cage, senior Billy McGee (Rocky Point, N.Y.) improved to 4-1 on the season with seven saves. The loss was dealt to Alexander Wisner (1-1).
NYIT returns to action on Saturday, March 10 on the road at No. 5 Dowling. Face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Oakdale, N.Y.
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