Bryant vs. Bentley
April 22, 2003
The Game Story:
No. 7 Bryant 14, Bentley 4

Bulldogs extend winning streak to five games

SMITHFIELD, R.I. ^╦ Junior attackman Jon Yuengling (Merrick, N.Y.) scored four goals, while senior attackman Kevin Barletta (Mahopac, N.Y.) had three goals and an assist to lead seventh-ranked Bryant to a 14-4 win against Bentley Tuesday afternoon at a rainy Bulldog Stadium.

The Bulldogs, who opened the game with a 5-0 run, extended their winning streak to five games with the victory.

Bryant got on the board just 27 seconds after the opening faceoff as Bryan Cinque (Lynbrook, N.Y.) picked up a ground ball in the Bulldogs╣ defensive zone, raced the length of the field, and beat Bentley goalie Andrew Hartig (Wyckoff, N.J.) on the Bulldogs╣ first shot of the game. Yuengling converted a Barletta feed with Bryant holding a man-advantage to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead before Stephen Coppinger (Bethesda, Md.) and Barletta scored 55 seconds apart to make it a 4-0 game.

Senior attackman Ryan Knope (Rochester, N.H.) fed sophomore Drew Serge (Albany, N.Y.) with 2:13 left in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs a five-goal lead after one.

Bentley scored two of the next three goals to close within four, as the Falcons╣ Scott Singer (Baltimore, Md.) and George Gullage (Billerica, Mass.) sandwiched scores around a strike from Bryant╣s Ryan Zipperly (Orlando, Fla.). But Yuengling scored twice in the last 2:49 of the first half to give the Bulldogs an 8-2 lead at the break.

Bentley held a 13-7 advantage in shots in the third quarter, but Bryant╣s Barletta and Yuengling scored back-to-back goals to start the period to give the Bulldogs a 10-2 lead. Bulldog goalie Greg Horowitz (Yorktown, N.Y.) came up with seven of his 10 saves in the third period to keep a comfortable lead for Bryant, which outscored the Falcons by a 4-1 margin in the fourth quarter.

Knope finished with three assists for the Bulldogs, while Cinque also had three points on a goal and two assists. Coppinger, Serge and Zipperly had two goals each. Horowitz had 10 stops before yielding to C.J. Squires (Auburn, N.Y.), who made four saves as Bryant improved to 10-4 overall and 7-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Bentley was led by George Fox (Waltham, Mass.) who scored two goals - both on man-advantage situations - while Thibadeau had two assists. Hartig made 15 saves for the Falcons, who fell to 6-4 overall and 6-2 in the NE-10.