May 14, 2011

Red Scare: RIT Needs Overtime Against Denison

from press release

ROCHESTER, N.Y.
- RIT senior attack Kelso Davis (Freeport, ME/Deerfield Academy) tallied six goals, including the game-winner with 1:41 to play in overtime to lift the RIT (18-0) men's lacrosse team to a 13-12 win over Denison University in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship. The Tigers advance to face Amherst College in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 18.

Denison had a chance to end it in the OT, but a shot from Tanner Smith hit off the pipe. Iric Bressler (Stafford, VA/North Stafford), who had six assists on the game, drove the cage, drew a defender, dumped the ball down to Davis in the crease and he fired a low shot that beat Nick Petracca for the game-winner. It is the third overtime win for RIT this season.

The six goals by Davis give him 40 on the season and 101 for his career. He is the 13th player in RIT history to break the century mark in career goals.

Junior Tyler Russell (Livonia, NY/Livonia) added four goals, giving him 63 on the season, which is tied for third all-time at RIT for goals in a season.

Jordan Collins-Hartwig (Buffalo, NY/Clarence) had two goals and an assist and Jordan MacIntosh (Oakville, ON/Holy Trinity) had a goal and an assist. The six assists for Bressler is a career-high.

Bob Tonnessen (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) picked up his 18th win of the season allowing 12 goals and making 11 saves. The biggest save came as the buzzer sounded to end regulation. Emmett Jones drove to the cage and fired a shot that Tonnessen caught with his shoulder, ricocheted off his helmet and away sending the game into overtime. He made another big save in the overtime that helped keep the Tigers alive.

Ten different players scored for the Big Red, who end their season with an 11-4 record. Davis Lukens led Denison with three goals and an assist. Colin Molloy had a goal and two assists. Nick Petracca took the loss allowing 13 goals and making five saves.

Denison outshot the Tigers 31-22. RIT won the ground ball battle 45-42 and were 17-of-29 on face-offs. The Tigers were 17-of-19 on clears and went 1-for-2 with the man advantage. RIT forced Denison into 16 turnovers, causing 10 of them.

RIT led 4-2 after the first quarter on goals from Collins-Hartwig, Davis and Russell. Davis had two goals in the quarter.

Denison answered back with five goals in the second quarter, including four in a row to cut RIT's lead to 6-5. Russell broke the run with his second goal of the game with 5:05 to play in the half to give RIT a 7-5 lead.

After a Big Red goal gave Denison a 7-6 lead, Russell and MacIntosh scored consecutive goals for the Tigers to give RIT an 8-7 lead at halftime.

Lukens scored 1:46 into the third quarter for Denison tying the score at 8-8.

Davis and Russell answered back for the Tiger with goals at 12:19 and 9:43 respectively, upping RIT's lead to 10-8.

The Big Red closed out the third quarter with two straight goals by Corey Daff and Jones tying the score at 10-10.

Lukens and Kyle Brown kept the momentum for Denison with goals to open the fourth quarter and give the Big Red its largest lead of the game of two goals (12-10).

Davis made it a one-goal game with his fifth of the game off an assist from Bressler with 4:45 to play.

Bressler found Collins-Hartwig with 3:51 to play to tie the score at 12-12 and helped send the game into overtime where Davis ended it with 1:41 to play.

The Tigers are now 18-0 on the season and advance to quarterfinals for the second straight season and fourth time since the field expanded to a five-round tournament. The quarterfinal game versus Amherst will be the first time RIT has faced the Lord Jeffs.

The 18 wins is a program record for wins in a season and the 18-0 start is the best start in program history. The 281 goals scored by the Tigers this season breaks the old mark of 272 set back in 2006.


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