|Lafayette Hill, PA – (3/24/2012) – Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) kept today's East Coast Conference (ECC) interesting, leading early before giving way to eight straight Chestnut Hill College goals that gave the home team a 9-4 halftime advantage. The Cardinals looked to rally with a 2-0 third quarter, 9-6, and the first two goals of the fourth quarter, 9-8, but a third goal for junior midfielder Mike Duddy (Toms River, NJ) provided the necessary cushion for a Griffin victory, 10-9.|
Sophomore midfielder Bart Pierre (Maplewood, NJ) put Chestnut Hill College (6-1, 3-1) on the scoreboard first, scoring an unassisted tally just past the 12-minute mark (11:59) of the first quarter, 1-0. WJU (4-3, 0-3) then ran off four unanswered goals behind the leadership of sophomore attack Brian Frank (Huntingtown, MD), who offered two goals and an assist to the Cardinal streak that carried the visitors to a 4-1 lead with six minutes remaining (6:00). After a home timeout, the Griffins began to turn the tide with a man-down strike from junior midfielder D.J. Klusaritz (Slatington, PA) at 5:12, 4-2. Duddy scored two minutes later (3:14), 4-3, and sophomore midfielder Mike Landau (Lancaster, PA) snuck in a goal with seven ticks left in the first half (0:07) to even the score head to the first intermission, 4-4. Play changed in the second quarter with the Griffins outscoring the Cardinals 5-0 to halftime, 9-4. Pierre scored twice in the run. After halftime, the WJU bared down defensively. They held the Griffins to 12 shots in the second half while using a 4-0 run to close the deficit to 9-6 heading to the final period of regulation. In the fourth quarter, Cardinal goals from sophomore Kevin Figaniak (Perkasie, PA) and freshman midfielder Tyler Buchan (Burnaby, BC) at 11:08 and 10:10, respectively, narrowed the margin to one, 9-8. A little more than two minutes later (8:00), Duddy finished a feed from junior attack Craig Owen (Glenolden, PA) to relieve the tension with a much needed insurance tally, 10-8. The Cardinals tested the Griffins fortitude by scoring with ten seconds to play (0:10), but not enough time was left for them to complete the rally, 10-9.
Sophomore midfielder Aaron Gutentag (Lewis Center, OH) led the Cardinals with four points, netting two goals and two assists. Frank added a ground ball to his first quarter production while Buchan was a factor in the offense later on with two goals and an assist. Junior midfielder Josh Lambert (Hilliard, OH) was 12-for-21 (.571) in the face-ff circle with six ground balls, while the Cardinal defense was led by senior Austin Grimes (Hartland, WI) and junior goalkeeper Jim LaPenna (Bel Air, MD). Grimes totaling five ground balls and four caused turnovers while LaPenna recording six saves in the loss (4-3).
Duddy and Pierre each scored three goals to top the offensive production for the Griffins. Owen provided two assists and freshman midfielder Nick Johnson (Germantown, MD) provided the other while freshman midfielder Chris Mertens (Freeport, NY) and sophomore midfielder Sean Johnsen (Toms River, NJ) split face-off responsibilities. Mertens led-off and won 6-of-12 (.500) while Johnsen relived and won 4-of-10 (.400). Junior defenseman Tom Carfagna (Laurys Station, PA) and sophomore defenseman Chris Schaffer (Lititz, PA) helped junior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, PA) deny the Cardinal comeback. Carfagna led with five ground balls and two caused turnovers while Schaffer recorded two of each. Maurer earned the win (6-1) with ten saves and four ground balls.