No. 4 RIT Survives Scare, Downs Clarkson
from press release
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The No. 4 RIT (5-0, 1-0 Liberty League) men's lacrosse team survived a scare from Clarkson University, holding on to beat the Golden Knights 7-5 in Liberty League action from RIT Field on Saturday. Sophomore goalie Anthony DeLeo (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) and the RIT defense were stellar, holding Clarkson to just five goals, while DeLeo made 16 saves.
The seven goals scored by RIT is the fewest goals scored in a game since May 19, 2010 when the Tigers scored seven versus SUNY Cortland in the NCAA Div. III National Quarterfinals. It is only the fifth time since 2010 that RIT has failed to scored 10 or more goals.
Freshman attack Brendan MacDonald (Georgetown, Ontario/Trinity-Pawling) led RIT with two goals, while seniors Jordan Collins-Hartwig (Buffalo, NY/Clarence) and A.J. Tingle (Cary, NC/Green Hope) each had a goal and an assist for the Tigers. Tyler Russell (Livonia, NY/Livonia), Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) and Tom Riley (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South) also scored goals.
Brendon Shearin led Clarkson with two goals, while Matt McCabe added a pair of assists. Ryan Cole took the loss in net allowing seven goals and making 10 saves.
Clarkson held a 45-34 advantage on shots. Both teams had 28 ground balls and each team won 8-of-16 face-offs. Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) won eight face-offs for RIT, grabbed four ground balls and had an assist. James Cunningham (Fairport, NY/Fairport) led RIT with six ground balls. and two caused turnovers.
RIT went 19-of-24 on clearing attempts and were 1-for-1 with the man advantage. The Tiger's man-down defense held the Golden Knights to one man-up goal in five chances.
Clarkson won the opening face-off and held the ball in the RIT zone for the first part of the opening quarter. But, DeLeo and the Tigers defense held the Golden Knights off the scoreboard leading to a fastbreak goal by Tingle off an assist from Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) at 10:17 of the first quarter.
MacDonald took a feed from Tingle at 6:16 of the first and buried a shot to give RIT a 2-0 lead.
Riley scored on a nice sweep to the net at 2:32 of the first to give RIT a 3-0 edge.
Clarkson's Brendon Shearin scored the only goal of the second quarter with :36 seconds to play in the half off an assist from McCabe to cut RIT's lead to 3-1 at the half.
The Golden Knights opened the scoring in the third quarter when Bryan Huff tallied an unassisted man-up goal with 10:01 to play in the quarter. He scooped up a loose ball in front of the RIT net and slid a shot passed DeLeo cutting RIT's lead to 3-2.
Russell answered right back for RIT scoring with 9:52 to play off a feed from Brooks-Lambert. He won the face-off forward, scooped up the ground ball and started the fast break. He found Russell with a pass who beat Cole with a hard shot over his shoulder. It was the 18th of the season for Russell.
Kyle Kasprzyk made it 4-3 RIT with 5:12 to play in the third quarter off an assist from McCabe.
MacDonald gave RIT a two-goal lead with his second of the game at the 2:01 mark of the third quarter, scoring off an assist from Collins-Hartwig.
Shearin opened the scoring at the 10:52 mark of the fourth quarter, cutting RIT's lead back to one goal at 5-4.
Consecutive goals by Collins-Hartwig and Aquin gave the Tigers a three-goal cushion midway through the fourth quarter. Collins-Hartwig scored off an from assist from Ryan Speciale (Painted Post, NY/Corning West). Collins-Hartwig fired a bounce shot from 15 yards out that beat Cole over his right shoulder.
Eric Gollands socred for Clarkson with 1:45 to play to pull the Golden Knights to within two goals at 7-5.
Clarkson had a chance to cut the lead down inside the last minute, but failed to get a shot off in time.
RIT returns to action on Wednesday, March 28 versus No. 3 SUNY Cortland at 4 pm on RIT Field. Last season, the Tigers defeated the Red Dragons in overtime in Cortland.