|ROCHESTER, NY- Led by senior attackman Josh Molinari's six goals and four assists, the #15 men's lacrosse squad defeated Empire 8 rival Hartwick this afternoon on RIT Field.
RIT scored the first three goals of the game, off shots from Ryan Neward (Williamsville, NY) at 12:58, Josh Molinari (Oswego, NY) at 10:47 and Chris Copeland (Webster, NY) at 9:04, assisted by Neward. But Hartwick fired back, scoring three goals over the next 4:20 to even the score at three with 5:24 left in the first quarter. The Tigers broke the tie on Colin Jesien's (Cambridge, MD) marker at 4:24, then Molinari scored his second at 2:50 to put RIT up 5-3. But before Hartwick could answer, Zach Bednarz (Webster, NY) scored the first of RIT's four man-up goals just 35 seconds later. Hartwick's Mike Debrossy got a shot past the Tigers' John Foley (Guelph, ONT) to cut RIT's lead to two, but Neward scored his second at 0:21, off a feed from Copeland, to give RIT a 7-4 lead at the end of the first frame.
In the second quarter, the Tigers outscored the Hawks 5-1, as Copeland, Molinari and Neward each found the back of the net for RIT. Copeland got things going at 11:28 on a man-up goal assisted by Molinari. Then Molinari fired a shot past Hartwick's Mark Colite at 9:53. Neward and Molinari would combine for three more goals over 7:02 to give RIT a 12-5 lead at halftime.
The Tigers continued to widen the margin in the second half, outscoring Hartwick 8-4. Dave Thering (Fairport, NY) got into the mix as he scored two straight goals, one at 9:55 and the second just 40 seconds later. Molinari scored his sixth goal of the day at 6:09 in the third, assisted by Thering, then Neward and Molinari teamed up to add another goal at 4:58. Hartwick's Josh Porcell scored at 3:50 to make the score 16-6. Chris Copeland added a goal with 14 seconds to play as the quarter came to a close. In the fourth, the Tigers' bench came alive and made some great contributions, as Dan Jernick (Nutley, NJ) and Craig Rubino (Rochester, NY) each scored. Hartwick added two more goals in the quarter, but it was not enough. Ryan Neward scored once more for the Tigers at 2:54 as RIT secured the key conference win.
Molinari led the way for RIT with ten points on six goals and four assists, while Neward had five goals and Copeland had three. Goalie John Foley made a season-high 20 saves between the pipes for the Tigers, who improve to 12-3 overall and 5-2 within the Empire 8. Seven seniors were also recognized before today's action: Ryan Neward, Josh Molinari, Chris Copeland, Jon Sinclair, Mike Lachut, Nick Zysk, and Jon Manley.