Rit vs. Geneseo State
March 17, 2004
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, NY -- The RIT (4-0) men's lacrosse team improved to 4-0 on Wednesday with a 14-7 win over #20 Geneseo State (1-2). RIT's Ryan Neward (Williamsville, NY) led the Tigers with eight points on seven goals and an assist.

Geneseo took an early lead on a goal by David Hilfinger with 12:47 to play in the first quarter. RIT answered when Neward scored his first goal of the afternoon at the 10:55 mark. The Tigers never looked back and Chris Copeland (Webster, NY) gave RIT a lead they would not relinquish at 6:29 of the first on an from Josh Molinari (Oswego, NY). Neward gave the Tigers a 3-1 lead late in the first with his unassisted goal at 2:33.

The Tigers opened things up in the second quarter, scoring six goals in the period. Josh Molinari opened the scoring at 13:25 of the second, giving RIT a 4-1 lead. Neward's fourth goal of the day gave RIT a 5-1 advantage. David Spennacchio and Mark Engel each tallied a goal for the Knight's, cutting the Tigers lead to 5-3. But the Tigers scored four straight goals, including a man-down goal, to close out the half, leading 9-3. Neward, David Thering (Fairport, NY) and Colin Jesien (Cambridge, MD) all had goals in that stretch as RIT outshot Geneseo 10-5 in the second.

Geneseo made a run in the third quarter to try and get back in the game. The Tigers made some mistakes clearing the ball and the Knights capitalized with four goals, three of which came from Dave Spennacchio. RIT weathered the storm and tallied three goals in the third to maintain their lead. Zach Bednarz (Webster, NY), Chris Copeland and Ryan Neward each had a goal as RIT had 10 shots in the quarter.

The Tigers's defense took over in the fourth quarter holding Geneseo scoreless. John Foley (Guelph, Ontario) made three of his 11 saves in the fourth quarter as he and his defensive mates held another opponent to 10 goals or less. Neward and Copeland rounded out the scoring for RIT in the fourth, each tallying a goal.

Neward led RIT with seven goals and an assist. Senior Josh Molinari had four points on a goal and three assists, while Chris Copeland added three goals. Colin Jesien had a goal and an assist.

RIT was 0-6 on their man-up opportunities, but held Geneseo scoreless on four extra-man chances and scored a ma-down goal.

Foley finished with 11 saves on the day, while Rocky Locey (Corning, NY) led the Tigers with seven ground balls. Jonathan Manley (Keuka Park, NY) and Mike Lachut (Cortland, NY) each had six ground balls.