Presbyterian vs. Bryant
March 13, 2010
The Game Story:

CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College men's lacrosse team put forth a solid effort Saturday afternoon, outscoring Bryant 3-1 over the final 30 minutes of action, but fell in a 9-5 contest.

The Blue Hose (1-4) were led by James Cupo and Tyler Melnyk, who each accounted for two goals apiece. Sean Mulford tallied a goal while Andrew Athens and Patrick Foy were credited with an assist.

Defensively, PC forced 10 turnovers on the day, including three by rookie Dave Spadacene. Jon Athens stopped 14 shots in goal and picked up four ground balls. Cupo had seven ground balls while winning a team-best eight face-offs.

Bryant opened the scoring at the 8:09 mark in the first period when Bryant Amitrano went in unassisted. However, head coach Mike Gongas' team knotted the contest just 40 seconds later when Cupo won the face-off, picked up the ground ball and went straight through the defense before rifling a shot past the keeper for the 1-1 tie.

Bryant would jump ahead with back-to-back goals. Cupo then struck again off the face-off at the 3:52 mark in the first half, bringing PC within one at 3-2.

The Bulldogs countered with five consecutive goals for an 8-2 advantage with 5:52 left before the intermission. Despite its best attempts, PC could not net another goal in the period.

After the halftime talk, Andrew Athens found Tyler Melnyk for a score at the 9:41 mark. Bryant countered with a score just over a minute later when JK Poirier found Travis Harrington for the visitors' ninth goal of the day with 8:39 remaining in the third period.

The young Blue Hose countered with another goal from Melnyk off a pass from Foy at the 1:54 mark, bringing the score to 9-4 in favor of Bryant.

Neither team was able to generate a goal for much of the final stanza. Then, Mulford buried an unassisted goal in the back of the net with just 60 seconds remaining.

For the game, PC picked up 33 ground balls and was nearly perfect on clears, recording 20-of-21 successfully.

The Blue Hose return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Monday when they host Manhattan. The game is the last home date of the season.