Alfred vs. Rit
April 5, 2003
The Game Story:
ALFRED, N.Y. -- Freshman attackman David Thering recorded a seven-point effort on four goals and three assists and junior attackman Chris Copeland added three goals to lead the Rochester Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team to a 13-6 Empire 8 victory at Alfred University Saturday afternoon.

Dan Papsidero put RIT in the board first 5:07 into the opening quarter, but Alfred's Anthony Fiorelli answered right back just 16 seconds later.

RIT which recorded its fifth-straight victory, took control scoring the next five goals from Andrew Pratt, Thering, a pair from Neward and Copeland to build a 6-1 lead with 6:20 to go in the first half.

Alfred (3-4 overall, 1-2 Empire 8) mounted a comeback with goals from Greg Gascon and David Vail at the 3:44 and 3:03 marks of the second quarter to cut the lead to 6-3. But RIT answered right back with a pair of man-up goals by Copeland and Thering to give the Tigers a 8-3 lead with 58 seconds to go in the half.

Alfred's Dylan Macro scored right before the end of the first half with just 17 ticks on the clock from David Vail to cut the RIT advantage in half 8-4 at the break.

RIT scored the first two goals of the second half from Thering at 13:31 of the third and a cannon shot by Pratt beating Alfred goalie Nicholas Hohman just over his left shoulder.

Macro and Vail did all they could to keep the Saxons within striking distance scoring two goals apiece on the afternoon and each with one in the third quarter, but still trailed 11-6 at the end of the third quarter.

Copeland scored his third goal of the game at 7:52 mark of the fourth and Thering capped off his seven-point effort with his fourth marker of the day with 4:50 to go in the game for the only goals of the fourth quarter.

RIT goalie Jon Sinclair, who has started in all seven Tiger contests this season, made 15 saves on the afternoon to improve to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Empire 8.

RIT resumes action in the Empire 8 on Wednesday, April 9 when they host St. John Fisher at 4 p.m.