Bryant vs. Pace
March 20, 2007
The Game Story:
SMITHFIELD, R.I. -
Senior co-captain Bryan Molk (Peabody, Mass.) and sophomore Jim Long
(Durham, NH) scored three goals each to lead the Bryant University
men's lacrosse team to a 13-7 win over visiting Pace University.



Bryant (2-2, 1-0 Northeast-10), ranked No. 9 entering the week, will
bring a two-game win streak into this Saturday's showdown with
top-ranked and defending national champion Le Moyne at the Bryant
Turf Field (1 p.m.).



On Tuesday against Pace (3-2, 0-2 NE-10), the Bulldogs raced out to
a quick 4-0 lead early as four different players found the back of
the net in the first eight minutes of the game. The Setters would
finally get on the board with four minutes left as Dan Abberton beat
goalie Michael Kennedy (Port Jefferson Station, NY) with a goal on
the Setters first shot of the game with 4:17 left in the quarter.



But Kevin Hoagland (Glastonbury, Conn.) followed with his second
goal of the quarter to make it 5-1 with 32 seconds left in the
first.



The Bulldogs would take a 6-3 lead into the locker room at the half,
but Pace would trim the Bryant lead down to 6-4 with a quick goal 51
seconds into the second half. But two goals by Long sandwiched
around a goal by Stoothoff pushed the Bryant lead to 9-5 and the
Bulldogs would roll from there.



Stoothoff's goal was set up nicely by teammate Matt McKeefrey
(Melville, NY) who picked up a loose ball in front of the Setter net
and found a waiting Stoothoff alone for a one-timer.



Bryant out-shot the visitors 41 to 14 in the game and won 17 of 23
face-offs.