Saint Andrews vs. Seton Hill
February 23, 2009
The Game Story:
LAURINBURG, N.C.—Senior Kyle Loda (Vienna, Va.) netted a hat trick and classmate Nate Hull (Millersville, Md.) made 21 saves for host St. Andrews Presbyterian College but Seton Hill University slowly pulled away to a 13-8 men’s lacrosse victory on a chilly Monday afternoon.
Senior Kyle Loda (pictured) scored three of the Knights eight goals on Monday afternoon against Seton Hill University.

The Griffins -- who are receiving votes in the currently USILA National Top-10 Poll (released earlier in the day) after defeating No. 10 Belmont Abbey College in their season opener -- remain perfect on the year at 2-0. The Knights (0-2) suffered their second consecutive five-goal defeat to start the season.

Sophomore Justin Menefee (Glen Burnie, Md.) led Seton Hill with four goals. Senior Chris Horigan (Franklin, Mass.) had a team-high five points with three goals and two assists. Junior Will Robbins (Cranberry, Pa.) scored once and handed out a team-high three helpers. Junior Joel Zalesky (Carnegie, Pa.) chipped in with one goal and two assists.

Menefee scored the first two goals of the day as Seton Hill posted a wire-to-wire victory. The Griffins led 3-1 after the opening period and 8-3 at halftime. Menefee and Horigan both had a hat trick before the midway break.

The Knights pulled to within two, 8-6, with the first three goals of the second half. Sophomore Ryan Hoover (Arnold, Md.) scored on two straight extra-man opportunities in less than a minute span to cap the rally but Seton Hill scored the final goal of the third quarter to take a 9-6 advantage heading into the final stanza.

The Griffins out shot St. Andrews 18-5 in the third quarter but the Knights were able to score 3-of-4 goals in the period with Hull making nine of his 21 saves during that span.

Seton Hill added the next three goals while the Griffins defense held St. Andrews scoreless for over 18 minutes to take their largest lead, 12-6. The Knights tallied two of the final three goals in the last three minutes to inch the final deficit to five goals.

Seton Hill junior netminder Corey Struss (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made six of his 10 saves in the final 15 minutes helping the visitors preserve the victory. Struss improves to 2-0 on the early season while Hull falls to 0-2.

SHU held a commanding 50-31 shot advantage while picking up a 56-48 ground ball edge. Senior Justin Meenan (Bethel Park, Pa.) led the Griffins on the loose balls with 10 total ground balls. SAPC won 14-of-25 face offs with senior Ethan Young (Hilliard, Ohio) winning 14 face offs and scooping up 12 ground balls. Seton Hill was 2-of-7 on extra-man opportunities and the Knights converted on 3-of-8.

Senior Marcus Kirby (Greensboro, N.C.) and junior Kyle Carnaggio (Pasadena, Md.) had one goal and one assist for the Royal Blue & White. Sophomore Nick Lewnes (Arnold, Md.) supplied the Knights with a team-high three assists; senior Phil Hardy (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored his first goal of the season; and sophomore Fred Parsons (Glen Burnie, Md.) chipped in with one assist.

Senior Ben Petchel (Bethel Park, Pa.), senior Shawn Fink (Easton, Pa.), and junior Johnny Groat (Canton, Mich.) accounted for the Griffins other three goals.
St. Andrews continues its four-game home stand on Thursday when they entertain Saint Leo University at 3:30 p.m. Seton Hill wraps up a three-game North Carolina road trip at No. 8 nationally ranked Mars Hill College on Wednesday at 3 p.m.