Molloy vs. Pace
April 15, 2009
The Game Story:
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (Apr. 15, 2009) - Senior midfielder Keith Galante (Plainview, N.Y.) shattered the school mark for most points in a career at Molloy College on Wednesday afternoon as the fourth-ranked Lions' men's lacrosse team beat Pace University by a 17-9 final at the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Galante came into today's game tied with former player Dom Toscano (Bethpage, N.Y.) at a point total of 165. He set the record with an assist on Albert Maione's (West Islip, N.Y.) man-up goal with 6:52 left in the first period.

Maione (6 g, 2 a) sandwiched his first two goals of the afternoon around a tally from Pace's James Hammel (North Caldwell, N.J.) (3 g, 2 a), giving the host Lions (9-1) a 2-1 edge five minutes in. After the Setters (3-8) pulled to within a 3-2 count on a John Kolesar (Warwick, N.Y.) (1 g, 1 a) tally with 7:47 remaining, Molloy ripped off the next nine goals of the contest to take a commanding 11-2 edge on Maione's fifth marker of the afternoon with 9:29 remaining in the opening half. The Lions scored two man-up goals within 1:47 of Kolesar's tally following a three-minute non-releasable penalty on Pace for an illegal crosse, and had five different players net tallies in the opening period of play en route to a six-goal edge.

The Lions utilized a 4-for-8 showing on man-up opportunities in the contest, including a tally by Ryan Kudlek (Oceanside, N.Y.) (hat trick) with 3:22 left in the third period and by Maione 2:19 into the fourth period to give the hosts a comfortable 16-5 cushion. Molloy outshot the Setters by a 42-37 count on the afternoon, and held a 33-27 edge in ground balls. The teams had a nearly even battle at the face-off "X," with the hosts holding a narrow 15-13 advantage.

Matt Dolan (Plainedge, N.Y.) also netted a hat trick in the victory for Molloy, while Joseph Geneva (Hicksville, N.Y.) and Victor Galasso (West Islip, N.Y.) had a pair of goals and pair of assists, respectively. Brandon Peyer (Williston Park, N.Y.) and Lincoln Nembhard (Elmont, N.Y.) scored one goal each for the Lions, while Chris Oswald (Franklin Square, N.Y.) added an assist. The Molloy defense limited Pace to 16 shots on goal, and caused 12 of the Setters' 21 turnovers on the day. Senior goalie Robert Humann (Hicksville, N.Y.) turned aside seven shots in the victory.

Kevin Kadlick (Boston, Mass.) fired home two fourth-period goals for the Setters, while Kevin Swierc (Clark, N.J.), Joseph Clark (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Jake Sheppard (Melbourne, Australia) all found the back of the net once. T.J. Urban (Kinnelton, N.J.) dished out a pair of assists for Pace, while goalkeeper Timothy Matheis (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) turned aside 13 Molloy shots.

Head coach Joe Catalanotti's Lions are back in action Saturday, when they play host to eighth-ranked Dowling in a crucial East Coast Conference battle at Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex. Opening faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.