Elmira vs. Rit
April 2, 2003
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Rochester Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team extended its winning streak to four games with a convincing 16-7 home-opening victory against Elmira in Empire 8 play Wednesday afternoon.

The game was moved to Rochester after Elmira's field was unplayable due to recent snowfall. The Tigers were happy to move the game to a home contest serving as their unexpected home opener.

After a scoreless opening five minutes RIT (4-2 overall, 1-0 Empire 8) scored the first four goals starting with one of three Andrew Pratt goals at 9:49 from David Thering. Thering continued his distribution just 33 seconds later finding Dan Guckian at 9:16. Then Nicholas Zysk carried the ball from the Tigers end all the way down the field on a clear and found Chris Copeland in the slot at 7:53 to take a 3-0 advantage. Ryan Neward closed out the scoring flourish with an unassisted goal at 7:09.

Ryan Mikula put Elmira (1-5 overall, 0-2 Empire 8) on the board with 2:48 to go in the first quarter from Kevin Welinsky, but RIT's Copeland added two more goals in the final two minutes of the first to built a 6-1 lead.

RIT continued its quick start in the second quarter when Copeland scored his fourth of the game expanding RIT advantage to 7-1 with a man-up goal from Thering at 14:10. Then 30 seconds later Pratt scored his second of the game from Colin Jesien and Copeland made it 9-1 with his fifth of the game unassisted at the 12:27 mark.

RIT cooled off temporarily for the next seven minutes until Zach Bednarz scored a man-up goal from Ryan Neward at 4:56 of the second quarter and then Pratt scored with 18 seconds to go in the half from Thering as he was hog-tied just outside the crease on the right side.

RIT's first-half offensive frenzy was ignited by the strong play of middie Mike Zirrolli for the second consecutive game. Zirrolli who appeared in his first action of the season in a 14-11 win at Oneonta on March 22 winning 15-of-27 face-offs, came back with an even stronger effort winning 18-of-23 face-offs and hauled in 16 groundballs on the afternoon. This ball control enabled RIT to build an 11-1 halftime lead.

Elmira cut the lead to 11-2 early in the third on Andrew Slotnick's goal at 13:29, but the Tigers defense put a stop to the Soaring Eagles scoring and Thering, Dave Demuth and Craig Rubino all scored in the third to built a 14-2 advantage.

RIT went deep into its bench in both the third and fourth quarters including reserve freshmen goalies Luke Pitcher played 13:46 of the third and fourth quarters recording six saves, while Sean King played the final 7:50 of the game stopping six shots and allowing one goal. Starting RIT goalie Jon Sinclair played 38:24 recording nine saves and allowed just two goals for his fourth win of the season.

The Tigers resume action when they travel to Alfred on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m., while Elmira hosts Potsdam State on Saturday April 5 at 1 p.m.