Molloy vs. Nyit
March 28, 2009
The Game Story:
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (Mar. 28, 2009) - Trailing 15-9 heading into the fourth quarter, the Molloy College men's lacrosse team ran off five unanswered goals in a period of eight minutes to cut the shortfall to one. But, the sixth-ranked Lions' rally was shut down on Saturday by junior attacker Austin Carino (Huntington, N.Y.) of the top-ranked Bears of New York Institute of Technology with a tally at the 3:06 mark to go ahead 16-14. Eventually, NYIT claimed a 16-15 victory against Molloy in Rockville Centre, N.Y.

With just a few seconds left on the clock, the Lions had a chance to tie the game, which would have sent it into overtime. Senior midfielder Keith Galante (Plainview, N.Y.) put a ball towards the net, but it was turned aside by Bears' (6-0, 1-0 ECC) senior goaltender Chris Powers (Salt Lake City, Utah). During the burst by Molloy, freshman midfielder Tom Brewer (Hicksville, N.Y.) had three even strength goals, while freshman attacker Ryan Kudlek (Oceanside, N.Y.) scored the other two with a man-up.

Down 1-0 midway through the first quarter, the Lions (6-1, 0-1 ECC) recorded four consecutive tallies to go up 4-1 at the end of one period. Kudlek started the run with a score on an unassisted effort. Galante assisted on the other three as senior midfielder Albert Maione (West Islip, N.Y.), sophomore attacker Brandon Peyer (Williston Park, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Matt Dolan (Plainedge, N.Y.) found the back of the cage.

After each squad notched one goal apiece to kick off the second quarter, NYIT went on a six-goal spurt over a span of 8:23 to take an 8-5 lead. Carino collected three goals in the streak. Senior attacker Keith Henderson (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) added two markers. Senior midfielder Matt Messina (Sayville, N.Y.) had the sparker when he notched an unassisted goal with 9:33 remaining.

Both teams then scored before the end of the stanza, and the Bears went into the locker room ahead 9-6.

The third quarter saw much of the same as NYIT registered five straight goals in a 10-minute stretch to grab hold of their largest advantage of the contest at 14-6. Henderson and Carino each scored with the extra man. Senior attacker Rob LeGuen (Melbourne, Australia), sophomore attacker Ryan Amengual (West Babylon, N.Y.) and Messina put shots past Molloy senior goaltender Robert Humann (Hicksville, N.Y.) with 10 players on the field apiece.

The Lions responded with three unanswered goals to cut the deficit to 14-9 with 52 seconds remaining. Peyer, Dolan and sophomore midfielder Chris Oswald (Franklin Square, N.Y.) all struck the netting. Junior attacker Matt Sullivan (West Islip, N.Y.) closed out the quarter with a man-up tally off a feed from Henderson.

Galante finished the afternoon with six points on one goal and five assists. He also attempted 11 shots (six SOG) and picked up six ground balls. Maione, Dolan and Kudlek each registered three points. Maione also won four ground balls, while Kudlek and Dolan had two apiece. Senior midfielder Peter Bonelli (Commack, N.Y.) earned 17 faceoff victories and nine ground balls. Peyer added two goals and a pair of ground balls. Brewer notched four goals, two ground balls and one caused turnover.

For the Bears, Sullivan amassed a game-high eight points off of three goals and five assists. He also notched two ground balls and one caused turnover. Carino found the back of the cage six times and posted 10 shots. Henderson raked six points (3 G, 3 A) and one ground ball. Messina contributed two goals and two ground balls. Junior midfielder Paul Gibson (Wilmington, Del.) won eight faceoffs and seven ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Jeff Hunter (Shoreham, N.Y.) claimed seven faceoff victories.

Between the pipes, Powers made a game-high 24 saves for NYIT. He also collected three ground balls. Humann knocked down 13 shots for Molloy. He had three ground balls as well.

Overall, the Bears held a 56-42 advantage in shots and a 48-36 margin in ground balls. In the faceoff department, Molloy won 19-of-35 (54.3 percent). As for NYIT, it sported a faceoff win percentage of 45.7 (16-of-35). The Lions were near perfect in clears as they were successful 94.1 (16-for-17) percent of the time. The Bears were 14-for-18 (77.8 percent) on their clear attempts. With the extra man, NYIT was 6-of-13 (46.2 percent), while Molloy was 3-of-16 (18.8 percent).

Head Coach Joe Catalanotti and the Lions return to action next Saturday when they continue East Coast Conference play in Garden City, N.Y. at Adelphi University. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.