|Charlottesville, VA – (2/21/2011) – Chestnut Hill College got all the scoring they would need against Lees-McRae College in the first quarter, as the Griffins netted six first-quarter goals en route to a 12-5 victory over the Bobcats. Sophomore midfielder Mark Winkelspecht (Laurys Station, PA) tallied four goals and assist to lead the Griffins and help Head Coach Brian Dougherty to his first career win.|
Winkelspecht put Chestnut Hill College (1-0) on the scoreboard first with his first goal of the affair coming just 1:50 after the opening faceoff. Lees-McRae College (0-2) responded 14 seconds later (12:56) with a game-tying goal from sophomore midfielder Quinn Struble (Durham, NC). But that was the last time the contest would be tied as the Griffins scored five more times in the first quarter to hold a 6-1 advantage at the first intermission. The Griffins and Bobcats recorded a goal apiece in the second quarter leaving Chestnut Hill College up 7-2 at halftime. Sophomore attack Shane Morlock (Whitby, ONT) opened the second half with his first goal of the game, but the Bobcats made a third quarter run at the Griffins narrowing the gap to 8-5 after three straight scores. Fortunately, a goal from freshman attack Mike Melnychenko (St. Catherines, Ontario) stopped the bleeding with two seconds left in the period, 9-5, and Griffins went on to a 12-5 victory.
Winkelspecht totaled five points in the contest, leading the Griffins with four goals and an assist. He also collected three ground balls. Melnychenko offered two goals and two assists while hustling to, a team-high, seven ground balls. Morlock scored two goals and four others scored one. Sophomore goalie Dakota Maurer (Lititz, PA) made 17 saves in the win (1-0) while also collecting five ground balls.
The men’s lacrosse team travels next to C.W. Post University, as they open their East Coast Conference (ECC) schedule on Saturday, February 26, with an 11:00 a.m. contest against the defending national champions.