Saint Andrews vs. Notre Dame De Namur
March 12, 2008
The Game Story:
LAURINBURG, N.C.óNotre Dame de Namur University outscored host St. Andrews Presbyterian College 14-1 in the first half en route to a 16-7 NCAA Division II non-conference menís lacrosse victory on Wednesday afternoon.

Junior Brad Matzek (Tustin, Calif.) had a nine-point performance to lead the Argonauts to their fifth straight victory. NDNU improved to 6-1 on the season behind Matzekís five goals and four assists. Senior Tim Campeau (Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada) added four goals and two helpers for a six-point day.

A trio of Knights scored two goals including junior Phil Hardy (Cincinnati, Ohio), junior Cole Howell (St. Albert, Alberta, Canada), and freshman Nick Lewnes (Arnold, Md.) but St. Andrews remained winless at 0-6.

Matzek assisted on the first three goals of the game and scored NDNUís fourth goal as the visitors grabbed a 4-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Hardy scored the Knights only goal of the first half on an extra-man advantage (EMO). Hardy grabbed a ground ball and quickly raced in and scored to cut the deficit to 4-1.

The Argos responded by scoring the final 10 goals of the first half including an 8-0 second quarter to take control of the game.

St. Andrews bounced back after the halftime intermission with the first five goals of the second half including a 3-0 third to pull within eight goals, 14-6, with 11 minutes left. However, the NDNU defense held the hosts scoreless for the next 10 minutes ending any chance of a comeback.

The Argonauts passed the ball well assisting on 10 of their 16 goals including four by Matzek. Freshman Nick Peterson (Las Vegas, Nev.) chipped in with two assists while senior Jesse Painter (Pleasanton, Calif.) scored a hat trick.

Howell led the Knights offensively with four points including two goals and two assists. Junior Kyle Loda (Vienna, Va.) netted the Knights final goal in the last minute of the game. Freshman Zac Leach (Middletown, Del.) chipped in with his first collegiate point with an assist on Howellís first goal.

SAPC scored on 3-of-11 EMO opportunities while NDNU was just 1-for-4 but the visitors did score twice while an Argonaut was in the penalty box. NDNU had a slim 41-40 shot advantage but held a 55-43 ground ball advantage.

St. Andrews won 13-of-25 face offs including eight by junior Ethan Young (Hilliard, Ohio) and four by classmate Marcus Kirby (Greensboro, N.C.). Sophomore Conrad Clevlen (Austin, Texas), who had a game-high 10 ground balls, was credited with all 12 of NDNUís face off wins.

Freshman goalkeeper Patrick Wade (West Windsor, N.J.) made a game-high 10 saves in relief of junior starter Nate Hull (Millersville, Md.) keeping the Knights in the game late. Hull (0-6) had four saves before Wade entered the game.

Sophomore netminder Matthew Coric (Walnut Creek, Calif.) was solid between the pipes for the Argos allowing just one goal in the first half. Coric improved to 6-1 on the season with four saves. Sophomore Jesse Wilkerson (Portland, Ore.) had six stops in the final 30 minutes for NDNU.

St. Andrews visits No. 7 nationally ranked Wingate University on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Notre Dame de Namur concludes its four-game trip to the state of North Carolina on Saturday when they face Belmont Abbey College at the same time.