Eastern vs. Catholic
April 5, 2007
The Game Story:
ST. DAVIDS, Pa.--The eastern University Men's Lacrosse team exploded to an early 5-0 lead over visiting Catholic University and held on to win 8-6 on a bitter cold and windy afternoon. Nick Mandia led the Eastern Attack with three goals and two assists.

Freshman midfielder Andrew Minnick started the scoring after the Eagles finally gained possession in the 4th minute. Left open from 20 yards out, he fired a high shot into the upper left corner of the cage to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead with eleven minutes to play in the opening quarter. The Eagles took advantage of a man-up situation less than a minute later when Mandia corralled a Kyle Dresser pass in front of the cage and fired it home for his first of the day.

Mandia then increased the lead with an unassisted tally with six and a half minutes to play in the opening period. The Eagles built their lead to 4-0 on a Mandia to Dresser combination with 5:10 showing on the clock. Jimmy Caiola won the ensuing face off and Dresser ran at the Cardinal defense. The sophomore from Grayslake, IL drew two defenders and dumped the pass off to Mandia who scored at the 5:04 mark to push the Eagles to a 5-0 Lead.

The visiting Cardinals took one back on a Colin Whitaker goal with just over three minutes to play in the opening quarter. The second quarter slowed down as Catholic held much of the possession and Eastern's Zach Rivest made six saves to to allow just a single Cardinal goal from Michael Groh. Sophomore Michael Ryan had opened the quarter with a goal to push the Eastern lead back to five.

Up 6-2 at the half, the Eagles slowed the pace of the game down and absorbed pressure for most of the third quarter. Snow began to fall at the start of the quarter and Rivest had to make five more saves to hold the Cardinals at bay. The visitors inched closer on another Groh goal with three minutes to play.

Mandia set up Ben O'Donnell with a nice pass from behind the net just over five minutes into the fourth, and the Junior from Syracuse slammed home his only goal of the match to increase the Eastern lead to 7-3. Catholic answered almost immediately with an even strength goal right at the conclusion of a man-up situation. Pat Dempsey finished a Micahael Ryan pass from straight on to give the Eagles an 8-4 advantage with just under six minutes to play.

Phil Reinkens and Groh scored the last two goals of the game for the visitors, but the Eagles defense played well enough and Rivest made three more saves, to give him 16 on the afternoon, to secure the win.

The Eagles will now play six of their next seven games, starting with next Wednesday's game against Misericordia, at home to finish the season.