Hartwick vs. Rit
April 29, 2005
The Game Story:
ONEONTA, NY -- The RIT (7-7) men's lacrosse team fell to Hartwick College, 9-8 in the Empire 8 Tournament semifinals. RIT came into the tournament as the third seed and Hartwick was seeded second. Hartwick will face Nazareth College in the Empire 8 Tournament championship game.

RIT got on the board first with 13:08 to play in the first quarter. Colin Jesien (Cambridge, MD/Cambridge-S. Dorchester) took a pass from Andrew Ruocco (Corning, NY/Corning East). He took a few steps in and ripped a shot that beat Hartwick's goalie Jason Fautas, high over his left shoulder.

The Hawks responded with three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead. Brian Prescott had two of the three goals, one coming on the man-advantage. Noah Hollander had the other goal for the Hawks.

Zach Bednarz (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder) got RIT to within a goal at 3-2 with a nice individual effort. Off the clear he bulled past his defender and beat Fautas for the first of his two goals on the afternoon. Bednarz tied the score at 3-3 with another great individual effort.

Hartwick scored three straight goals, one coming with five seconds to play in the first quarter on a tally by Brian Prescott, and took a 6-3 lead.

Joe Argese's (Jordan, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) goal with 10:29 to play in the second quarter cut the Hawks lead to 6-4.

Brandon Wilkin's (Penfield, NY/Penfield) underhanded ripper that trickled under Fautas' feet, cut Hartwicks lead down to 6-5 with 3:19 to play in the half.

After a Noah Hallander goal made it 7-5 Dave Thering (Fairport, NY/Fairport) scored with six seconds to play, cutting the lead down to 7-6.

Hartwick scored the only two goals of the third quarter, opening up a 9-6 lead. Noah Hollander made it 8-6 at the 10:48 mark and Adam Frys tally with 5:16 to play in the quarter made it 9-6.

The Tigers rallied for two goals in the fourth quarter. Colin Jesien made it 9-7 with 10:37 to play in the contest.

Ruocco picked up a loose ball and found an open Jesien in the crease who put it home for his second goal of the game.

Then, with 2:26 to play Thering drove hard to the cage, spinning his defender around and around. He finally got a step and beat Fautas with a one-handed shot to make it 9-8.

The Tigers had a chance with 25 seconds to play to tie the game. Thering passed it to Ruocco on the wing. Fautas went out to intercept the pass but didn't, leaving the Hartwick goal open. Ruocco tried to feed Jesien in the crease but he never got a shot off.

Hartwick ran the clock out for the win.

John Foley (Guelph, Ontario/Our Lady of Lourdes) made 11 saves in net for the Tigers. Thering had two goals and an assist and Jesien and Bednarz each had two goals.