Presbyterian vs. Vmi
March 2, 2010
The Game Story:
CLINTON, S.C. - Devin Pinkston drove past a couple of defenders before netting the game's first goal, but 10 first-half scores by the visiting VMI Keydets enabled them to defeat Presbyterian College 14-7 Tuesday afternoon.

The Blue Hose (1-2) were led by rookie Tyler Melnyk, who recorded two goals and an assist. Andrew Athens also notched three points, coming on a goal and two assists.

Defensively, PC accounted for 16 caused turnovers as Ty Baugh led the way with three. Jon Athens, Derek Malone and Tyler Melnyk all recorded five ground balls apiece. Jon Athens also posted six saves on the day.

After Pinkston's goal just 1:21 into the game, the Keydets went on a 9-0 spurt spanning 21:06. The Blue Hose were unable to get on the board during that run thanks in part to some solid defense by the Keydets. However, after turning the ball over five times in the first period, PC battled back. The squad managed to get seven shots off in the second quarter, which resulted in two scores.

Tyler Melnyk took a pass from Ben Ewing with 2:08 to play and promptly rocketed a shot past VMI's Kelly McMinn for the score. However, VMI won the next face-off and quickly put it past Jon Athens to put the score at 10-2.

With under 30 seconds remaining in the half, PC called a time-out to diagram a play. The team broke the huddle and with 11 seconds to play before intermission, DJ Brown fired a shot into the back of the net, making it 10-3 at the break. On the goal, Andrew Athens was given credit for the assist.

As neither squad scored for the first few minutes of the second half, VMI gained possession at the 11-minute mark and was able to get the first score of the half on a Bernie Mowbray goal. VMI struck again at the 7:20 mark, but then the Blue Hose started to battle back.

With just under five minutes to go in the third, Sean Mulford found Tyler Melnyk for a score. Although the contest remained at the same score heading into the fourth quarter, a flurry of shots by PC in the third gave the team some momentum.

With 14:18 to play in the game, Mulford took an Andrew Athens pass, twisted his way free and fired a shot that resulted in a goal. Four minutes later, VMI countered with a score of its own.

Tyler Melnyk found Andrew Athens for a goal at the 9:57 mark while Patrick Foy split the defenders for a goal with 5:34 to play. Despite putting many more shots on frame, PC was not able to score again for the remainder of the game.

The Blue Hose return to action in Richmond, Va., against Yale. The contest is set for 1 p.m.