Molloy vs. Seton Hill
April 7, 2012
The Game Story:
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (Apr. 7, 2012) - Tied at 6-up with over five minutes left in the third quarter, Seton Hill University notched two unanswered goals to close the stanza with the lead, and never looked back, as the No. 8 team in the country defeated the Molloy College men’s lacrosse team, 9-6, on Saturday in an East Coast Conference match-up at the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex in Rockville Centre, N.Y. As a result, the Lions slipped to a record of 5-4 overall, and a clip of 1-3 in league play. Meanwhile, the Griffins are now 7-3, and 4-2 in the ECC.

Molloy and Seton Hill went back-and-forth throughout the opening half, with five tied scores at the intermission. The Lions, who were once trailing by a 4-3 score with under nine minutes to go in the second quarter, registered a pair of unanswered markers over a stint of 2:25 to go ahead 5-4 at the 6:07 mark. Senior attackman Ryan Kudlek (Oceanside, N.Y.) earned both tallies, one of which came with an extra-man opportunity. The visitors tied it up before the half though, on a score by sophomore Matt Delmonico (Port Moody, British Columbia).

Delmonico picked up from where he left off at the start of the third quarter. Just 1:36 into the stanza, the Port Moody native tallied his second goal of the game for a 6-5 cushion. But, Kudlek recorded his game-best fourth goal under two minutes later to knot the contest up once again (6-6). In the end, the Griffins managed to break through at the end of the period, and did not relinquish the lead from there on. Sophomore Dylan Lefebvre (Regina, Saskatchewan) and junior James Delaney (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) accounted for the scoring with unassisted goals.

During the fourth quarter, Seton Hill’s defense stepped up, holding Molloy off the scoreboard, and helped the nationally-ranked Griffins to their seventh victory of the season. Both squads finished with 29 shots apiece, while the Griffins held a 28-21 edge in ground balls. As for the Lions, they were 13-of-17 on clears, and 3-of-6 with the man-up.

Kudlek led all players with five points (4 G, 1 A) on the day. He also collected six shots (five SOG). Freshman midfielder Sal Geneva (Hicksville, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Joseph Biscardi (Wantagh, N.Y.) totaled a pair of points apiece. Between the pipes, sophomore John Grebe (Farmingville, N.Y.) made 13 saves for the maroon and white.

Head Coach Eric Petrullo and the Lions are back in action on Wednesday (Apr. 11) when they square off in an ECC tilt at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y. The opening faceoff is slated for 4 p.m.