Nyit vs. Wheeling Jesuit
March 8, 2009
The Game Story:
Old Westbury, N.Y. (March 8, 2009) Ė Senior Keith Henderson (Ports Jeff Station, N.Y.) scored five times and passed out three assists as the No. 1 ranked NYIT Bears rolled to a 19-2 win over Wheeling Jesuit University this afternoon in non-conference menís lacrosse action. The Bears defense stymied Wheeling Jesuit, allowing just the two goals and holding the Cardinals scoreless for over 39 minutes, which spanned the first, second and third quarters. The Bears remain undefeated on the season, improving to 3-0, while Wheeling Jesuit suffers their first and falls to 2-1.

The Cardinals struck first in the opening minute of the game, as Eric Jenkins scored off of a nice feed right in front of the cage from Jack Malone just :30 seconds in. Wheeling controlled the ball for the next five minutes, but the Bears finally broke through when junior Austin Carino (Huntington, N.Y.) slide a shot past WJU goal keeper Joe Sims with 8:38 left in the first quarter. The Bears offense began to click and Henderson and senior Matt Messina (Sayville, N.Y.) scored :19 seconds apart, at 4:39 and 4:20, to give NYIT a 3-1 lead. Henderson and junior Matt Sullivan (West Islip, N.Y.) each scored in the final minute of the quarter to make the score 5-1.

The Bears unrelenting defense continued to control the action and held the Cardinals scoreless for the entire second quarter. Meanwhile, NYITís offense was clicking on all cylinders, getting scores from Sullivan and junior Matt Ryan (Massapequa, N.Y.), and two more from Henderson. Trailing 12-1, the Cardinals snapped their scoreless streak in the third quarter as Jenkins and Malone teamed up for a second time, scoring a man-up goal with 5:39 on the clock. The Bears scored the last two goals of the third quarter to lead 14-2 after three quarters of play.

Five different Bears scored in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin.

Henderson collected eight points for the second time this season, as he also dished out three assists. Messina finished with three goals and three assists and Sullivan added three goals and an assist in the win. Senior Chris Powers (Salt Lake City, N.Y.) made four stops in the net to earn the win and improve to 3-0 on the season.

NYIT out-shot the Cardinals 57-23, picked up 56 groundballs to WJUís 33, and won 15 of the 24 face-offs.

The Bears now head out to Colorado Springs, CO. where they will take on Colorado College on Saturday, March 14 at 3 p.m.