Nyit vs. Saint Anselm
March 1, 2009
The Game Story:

Old Westbury, N.Y. (March 1, 2009) - Senior Keith Henderson (Port Jeff Station, N.Y.) scored a season-high six goals and passed out two assists as the No. 1 NYIT men’s lacrosse team defeated St. Anselm 19-8 this afternoon in non-conference action. The win improves the Bears to 2-0 on the season, while St. Anselm drops to 0-1. The victory was a milestone for head coach Jack Kaley, as he earned his 500th career win. Kaley’s 30 year career has been marked with success in every level; collegiate, high school and international competition.

Henderson got the Bears off to a quick start in the first quarter, scoring the games first two goals off of assists from senior Matt Messina (Sayville, N.Y.) and junior Matt Sullivan (West Islip, N.Y.) respectively. Henderson and Messina scored at the 6:19 and 3:07 mark to give NYIT a 5-1 lead.

Leading 5-2 to open the second quarter, Sullivan scored just :32 seconds in. Henderson and Messina followed with the next two scores to give the bears an 8-6 lead with 6:29 left. After Steve Porter and Jeff Dunkle each scored to make it an 8-4 game, junior Austin Carino (Huntington, N.Y.) scored twice to close out the second quarter, including a goal with just :02 seconds left in the half off a beautiful feed from senior Jeremy Hobson (Riverhead, N.Y.). Carino’s scores started a string of nine unanswered goals by the Bears that spanned the second, third and fourth quarters, and blew the game wide open.

After heading into the half with the 10-4 lead, the Bears held Mercy scoreless in the third quarter while scoring six goals, including two from Henderson, to build a 16-4 lead.

The Bears controlled the action throughout the game, out-shooting the Hawks 63-30 while winning 24-31 face-offs. Junior Paul Gibson (Wilmington, De.) went 10-11 on face-offs and freshman Peter Raab (Falston, MD.) went 8-10. The Bears also won the battle of the ground balls, picking up 57 to St. Anselm’s 40.

Senior Chris Powers (Salt Lake City, Utah) made seven saves in the net for NYIT to improve to 2-0 on the season

Dunkle led the Hawks with three goals.

The Bears return to action next Sunday, hosting Wheeling Jesuit University at Noon.