Rit vs. Nazareth
April 16, 2005
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, NY -- When it counted the most the RIT (6-5, 4-1 E8) men's lacrosse team played their strongest game of the season, beating #2 Nazareth College (8-1, 3-1 E8), 15-10. The Tigers hand Nazareth their first loss of the season and it's the first win for RIT over the Golden Flyers since 2002.

"We played a really solid game today against a great team," said head coach Gene Peluso. "We've a got a really good team as well and we showed against one of the nation's best."

RIT got off to a hot start, scoring the first four goals of the game. Freshman Wes Adam (Lafayette, NY/Lafayette) gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead 1:11 into the contest on an assist from David Thering (Fairport, NY/Fairport).

Thering made it 2-0 1:10 seconds later on his first goal of the afternoon. He finished the afternoon with three scores.

Bradnon Wilkin (Penfield, NY/Penfield) made it 3-0 RIT with his man-up goal on an assist from Thering with 8:29 to play in the first quarter.

Thering scored his second goal of the quarter on a nifty move in front of the cage, giving the Tigers a 4-0 lead.

Nazareth didn't score their first goal until the second quarter when Ryan Hotaling tallied an unassisted goal with 11:50 to play in the quarter.

Zach Bednarz (Webster, NY/Webster Schroeder) answered right back for the Tigers scoring his lone goal of the day with 10:00 to play in the second.

Stephen Papa (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) made it 6-1 RIT with his goal coming with just under five minutes to play in the first half.

The Golden Flyers were able to generate quality shots but RIT goalie John Foley (Guelph, Ontario/Our Lady of Lourdes) came up huge, making eight saves in the first half.

Chad Amidon scored the Golden Flyers only other goal of the half with 4:50 to play.

Papa and Joe Argese (Jordan, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) rounded out the first half scoring for the Tigers. Argese's goal came on a feed from Andrew Ruocco (Corning, NY/Corning East). Ruocce spotted Argese in the crease and threaded a pass that somehow found Argese's stick. He quick-sticked it passed Adam Civalier for an 8-2 RIT lead at the half.

Nazareth came out in the second half and scored the first two goals, cutting RIT's lead to 8-4. Francis Donald scored on an assist from Bryan Adams with 13:39 to play in the third.

Ryan Hotaling made it 8-4 RIT with his unassisted goal with 8:54 to play in the third quarter.

Colin Jesien (Cambridge, MD/Cambridge-S. Dorchester) broke the run with the first of his two goals on an assist from Ruocco.

Hotaling answered right back with his third goal of the afternoon, cutting RIT's lead to 9-5.

Jesien scored with 23 seconds to play in the third to open RIT's lead back up to five goals at 10-5.

Ruocco tallied the first two goals of the fourth quarter to give RIT the momentum and a comfortable cushion.

Bryan Coon and Conor O'Keefe each scored for Nazareth, cutting RIT's lead back down to 12-7.

Over the final 8:37 the Tigers were able to kill off a run by the Flyers Ruocco, Dan Jernick (Nutley, NJ/Nutley) and Thering tallied goals down the stratch to put the game away.

The story o the day was Foley who tied a career high with 20 saves against Nazareth.

"John was outstanding today," said RIT head coach Gene Peluso. "He stepped up when we needed him the most and came through."

Thering had a solid afternoon with eight points on three goals and five assists. Ruocco chipped in three goals and two assists and Jesien added two goals and two assists.

Jacob Cannan (Irondequoit, NY/Irondequoit) dominated the face-off dot, winning 23-of-28 face-offs and grabbed a game-high 10 ground balls.

The Tigers travel to Empire 8 rival Utica College Tuesday, April 19 for a 4 p.m. start.