Saint Joseph's vs. Vmi
February 22, 2014
The Game Story:
PHILADELPHIA The Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse team downed VMI, 14-6, in the Hawks' home opener on Saturday afternoon at Sweeney Field. Redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee scored four goals to lead seven different Hawks in scoring and freshman goalkeeper T.J. Jones picked up his first collegiate win. "You always want to defend your home turf well, and we came out here today for our first home game and we had a really good effort all around," said McGee after the game on Saturday. "Our defense played great and we had a lot of guys step up on offense against some pretty unconventional defense. We just played well and we get out of here with the win, which feels good going into Penn on Tuesday." Leading 5-3 heading into the third period, Saint Joseph's (1-1) outscored VMI 7-1 over the course of the next 15 minutes to own a commanding 12-4 lead heading into the fourth. The Hawks and Keydets would score two goals apiece in the final period. In his first collegiate start, sophomore attackman Matt Blasco led Saint Joseph's with six points on three goals and three assists. McGee (4G, 1A), junior attackman Matt Sarcona (2G, 1A), sophomore midfielder Bryan Garrahan (2G) and freshman attackman Ray Vandegrift (1G, 2A) also contributed on the offensive end. Freshman midfielder Mike Lanham was a crucial factor in SJU's success this afternoon as he dominated from the faceoff, winning 17 of 22 attempts and picking up 10 ground balls in just his second collegiate game. The Hawks were 18-23 from the X for the game. Defensively, junior Kevin Barrow recorded four ground balls and caused three turnovers. Jones made three first-half saves while in his season-debut, junior Dustin Keen made seven saves and allowed just three goals in the final 30:00. For the game, Saint Joseph's held a 32-21 advantage in shots, sparked by a 19-shot first half of play. The Hawks also dominated in ground balls (44-21) and converted 15 of 17 clear attempts. VMI's (0-3) Dan Bull (2G, 1A) led the Keydets while goalkeeper Evan Windisch made two saves and allowed five goals in the first 30:00 for the loss. Saint Joseph's returns to action this Tuesday, February 25 at Penn. Opening face-off at Franklin Field is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.