Bryant vs. Franklin Pierce
April 13, 2003
The Game Story:
SMITHFIELD, R.I. (Apr. 13, 2003) -- Senior attackman Kevin Barletta (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored four goals and had two assists -- all in the first quarter -- as No. 4 Bryant overwhelmed unranked Franklin Pierce, 26-4, Sunday afternoon at Bulldog Stadium.

The Bulldogs, who came into the after back-to-back losses for the first time in more than a year - wasted little time in putting Sunday's game away. The Bulldogs scored just six seconds into the game, held a 4-0 lead before two minutes were played, and held an 11-2 lead after one quarter.

The Bulldogs finished with a 53-17 advantage in shots and had 63 ground balls to the Ravens' 24. Bryant went 3 for 5 in extra-man situations and won 24 of the game's 33 face-offs.

Barletta figured in the first three goals of the game as he fed Jon Yuengling (Merrick, N.Y.) for the opening goal just six seconds after the face-off and added back-to-back goals just 44 seconds apart to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs opened the game with a 5-0 run before Franklin Pierce's Derek Mandatori (Newton, Mass.) brought the Ravens within four with 11:59 left in the first quarter.

But that was as close as the Ravens would come as Yuengling answered 51 seconds later to ignite a 4-0 Bryant run that effectively put the game away.

Twenty different players had either a goal or an assist for Bryant, which had 14 different goal-scorers. Barletta led all scorers with six points, while Chris Pisciotta (Floral Park, N.Y.) had five points on three goals and two assists. Freshman midfielder Ryan Zipperly (Orlando, Fla.) had four points (2g, 2a), as did sophomore attackman Drew Serge (Albany, N.Y.) (1g, 3a).

Freshman C.J. Squires (Auburn, N.Y.) was credited with the win in goal for Bryant, while postgraduate Greg Horowitz (Yorktown, N.Y.) and freshman Steve Kelly (West Chester, Pa.) also saw time in the cage for the Bulldogs. Kelly finished with four saves in 30 minutes.

Sophomore midfielder Nick Mincolla (Cohasset, Mass.) had two goals for Franklin Pierce and was the Ravens' only multiple-point scorer. Senior Andy Cote (Salisbury, Mass.) made 15 saves in the cage before yielding to Randy Bandolian (New Hampton, N.H.), who had two stops. The Ravens fell to 0-3 overall and 0-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference and saw their losing streak reach 32 games.

Bryant, which improved to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference, faces Merrimack Monday in North Andover, Mass.