Bryant vs. Merrimack
April 24, 2007
|The Game Story:|
|NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - Senior Bryan Molk (Peabody, Mass.) scored four goals including the game-winner as the Bryant men's lacrosse team clinched its first regular season Northeast-10 Conference regular season title with a 12-11 win over Merrimack College Tuesday night. But the win was anything but easy. |
The Bulldogs opened the game with sluggish play and the Warriors took advantage. Scoring on their first two shots of the game, Merrimack quickly jumped out in front 2-0 just over three minutes into the contest.
Bryant would regroup, however, picking up the pace of the game and quickly turning the deficit into a one-goal lead thanks to three quick unanswered goals. Corey Crosbie (Salem, Mass.) got things going with a goal at the 9:45 mark while Bryan Kaufmann (Putnam Valley, NY) hooked up with Kevin Hoagland (Glastonbury, Conn.) to knot the game at 2-2.
Feeling the momentum turn in their favor, the Bulldogs got a strong face-off win from Bryan Molk (Peabody, Mass.). The senior co-captain raced up midfield and found Hoagland who one-timed a high shot past Merrimack goalie Eric Tompkins.
Merrimack would proceed to blitz the Bulldogs with six-straight goals, taking an 8-3 lead midway through the second quarter and appearing as if they would run away with the game quickly.
However, another four-goal burst pulled Bryant back as Hoagland's 30th of the season with 2:06 left on an assist from Hoagland made the score 8-7, but the Warriors would answer with a goal on the ensuing face-off to take a 9-7 lead into the locker room at the half.
In the second half, the Bulldogs twice cut the lead down to one but costly turnovers and solid passing by the Warriors kept the hosts lead at two, 11-9 heading into the fourth.
In the fourth, Bryant finally got its offensive into gear. Peppering the Warrior goalie with several shots, Molk was finally able to break through with a man-advantage goal. Kaufmann tied the game with a goal at 9:05. Vince Zorskas (Port Washington, NY) came up with a big ground ball after the face-off and found Matt McKeefrey (Melville, NY) who quickly got it to Kaufman to make it 11-11.
On the next face-off, Molk out-worked Reid Eichelberger quickly for a win a proceeded to race down field and ripped the game-winner past Tompkins.
Bryant goalie Michael Kennedy (Port Jefferson Station, NY) came up big with several key fourth quarter saves and defenseman Corey MacDougall (Waltham, Mass.) stripped Merrimack sniper Greg Rogowski late to help preserve the win.
Bryant (9-2, 8-0 Northeast-10) will wrap up the Northeast-10 Conference regular season this Friday when the Bulldogs travel to Southern New Hampshire for a 4 p.m. game. The team will conclude its regular season Sunday when they face Limestone for a non-conference game at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.