|Poughkeepsie, NY - The Manhattan College Jaspers have advanced to the championship game by defeating the Hawks of St.
Joseph's University, 11-6, in the first semifinal game of the 2002 MAAC Men's Lacrosse Championship this afternoon on
Leonidoff Field on the campus of Marist College.
Manhattan's Brady Becklo (Gill, MA) initiated the day's scoring at the 13:56 mark of the first quarter with an unassisted goal. St.
Joseph's answered that with the next three goals over a five-minute span. Matt Mueller (Franklin Lakes, NY) netted the first goal
off a pass from Matt Durkin (Germantown, MD) at the 12:45 mark. Teammate Ed Walsh (Berwyn , PA) found the back of the net
less than two and a half mintues later to take a 2-1 lead. Alex Heidenberger (Chevy Chase, MD) then gave the Hawks a 3-1
advantage by registering a shot from Walsh with eight minutes left in the first quarter. Following a timeout, the Jaspers went on a
3-0 run to end the quarter ahead 4-3, with goals from Becklo, Justin Otto (Merrick, NY), and Nick Silva (Chesterfield, MO).
Manhattan kept the St. Joseph's offense scoreless for the next two quarters as the Jaspers entered halftime with a 6-3 advantage.
Eugene Tanner (Medford, NY) scored with an assist from Marty DarConte (Commack, NY) at the 7:25 mark in the second quarter,
and Mike Honors (Syracuse, NY) netted a shot from Silva with about two minutes left in the first half. Otto would have a hand in
two of the third quarter goals, assisting on Tanner's second goal of the game at 13:29 and scoring at the 12:06 mark. Wes Sitar
(Commack, NY) rounded out the third quarter scoring with a goal with less than five minutes remaining in the period for a 9-3 lead.
Tanner and DarConte rounded out the Manhattan scoring with a goal apiece in the fourth quarter. St. Joseph's, however, scored
the final three goals of the game, with goals from Michael Elger (Annapolis, MD), Kevin McGrann (Washington, DC) and Walsh.
Manhattan goalie James Amandola (Bay Shore, NY) registered 16 saves, while Peter Sertzoglou (Dix Hills, NY) recorded one
additional save between the pipes for the Jaspers. Nick Leopard (Gaithersburg, MD) tallied 18 saves in goal for St. Joseph's.