March 15, 2013

No. 5 RIT Stifles No. 14 Western New England

from press release

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The No. 5 RIT (3-1) men's lacrosse team defeated No. 14 Western New England University (2-2) 13-4 in the first game of the 2013 Coaches vs. Cancer Flower City Cup on a cold and blustery day at RIT's Turf Field.

Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin) and Kyle Sterzin (Fairport, NY/Fairport) each had three goals for RIT, while Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) and Braden Wallace (Oakville, Ontario/Abbey Park) each had a pair of goals, while Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) had a goal and two assists. Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) had a goal and an assist, while Eddie Kiesa (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt) dished out three assists.

RIT's defense was dominant, allowing four goals and causing 10 turnovers. Pat Johnston (Norwell, MA/Norwell) picked up his third win of the season, making 13 saves. Elliott Cowburn (Oakville, ON/Holy Trinity) had three caused turnovers, while freshman Matt Hossack (Port Perry, Ontario/Port Perry) had two caused turnovers and four ground balls. RIT has allowed 4.3 goals per game in their last three games, including four versus Western New England.

Nick Jez scored two of Western New England's four goals, while Adam Knapton and Corbett Corrigan-Harreys had the other two goals. Brandon Body took the loss for the Golden Bears, allowing 13 goals and making 10 saves.

RIT dominated shots 46-25 and won the ground ball battle 30-18. RIT went 13-of-21 on face-offs. #P.J. Hart# went 6-of-10 and had a goal, while Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) won 7-of-11 for the Tigers who went 19-of-19 on clearing attempts.

The Tigers led 2-0 after the first quarter, and 7-2 at the half, with five goals in the second quarter.

Warren scored RIT's first two goals of the game, the first coming off an assist from Aquin and the second unassisted with four seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

Sterzin, Krzyston and Wisman each scored for RIT to open the second quarter, giving the Tigers a 5-0 lead.

Jez broke the scoring draught by the Golden Bears with his fourth goal of the season with 5:10 to play in the second quarter. Knapton scored with 14 seconds to play in the half, making it a 7-2 RIT lead at the break.

Krzyston and Sterzin opened the scoring with goals in the third quarter, incrwasing RIT's lead to 9-2 on Sterzin's sixth goal of the season with 2:31 to play in the quarter.

The TIgers closed out the game with four goals in the fourth quarter, while holding the Golden Bears to just two second-half goals.

RIT returns to action on Sunday, March 17 when the Tigers host Endicott College at 12 pm on RIT's Turf Field in the final day of the Coaches vs. Cancer Flower City Cup.


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