Saint Andrews vs. Nyit
February 15, 2003
The Game Story:
LAURINBURG, N.C. - St. Andrews Presbyterian College fell 13-6 to New York Institute of Technology, who finished runner-up in last year's NCAA Division II National Championship, in a men's lacrosse season opener for both squads.

New York Tech's Paul Montali scored 17 seconds into the contest to give the Bears a quick 1-0 lead, but St. Andrews would keep the game close in the first period. The Knights evened the score at the 4:34 mark on a goal by Jimmy Herberson, but the Bears would gain a slight edge less than a minute later with a goal by Brian Boyle to claim a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period.

Montali would open up the second period scoring for New York Tech with a goal at the 4:54 mark. St. Andrews would strike back with a goal from Keith Belward to keep the game within two, but NYIT scored three straight goals to take a 6-2 advantage at the half.

Belward put the Knights on the board first in the third quarter, but St. Andrews would not score again in the period. The Bears would add three goals to their tally for a 9-3 lead at the end of the third frame.

SAPC's Belward struck again with the first goal of the fourth quarter, but New York Tech would score three times, extending the margin to 12-4. The Knights added two goals before the game's end, and the Bears would score once more.

Belward led St. Andrews with a hat trick while Herberson had two goals. Sean Jurecic scored once for the Knights. Zach Myrncza and Steve Guarini had one assist each.

New York Tech's Montali tallied a game-high five goals while Sean Meagher recorded one goal and four assists. Boyle had two goals and one assist.

The Knights will open Deep South Conference play Wednesday at Pfeiffer.