Rit vs. Stevens Tech
April 11, 2009
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, NY -- The RIT men's lacrosse team erased a six-goal deficit to beat the Stevens Ducks 14-11 in Empire 8 action on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers trailed 9-3 early in the third quarter, but outscored the Ducks 11-2 over the final 17:49. The win improves RIT to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the Empire 8. Stevens drops to 8-4 overall and 4-1 in the Empire 8.

RIT out shot Stevens 50-38 and won the ground ball battle 43-37. The Tigers were 4-for-9 with the man advantage while Stevens was 2-for-6. RIT won 14-of-29 face-offs and were 20-of-26 on clearing attempts.

Iric Bressler (Stafford, VA/N. Stafford) led RIT with four points on a goal and three assists. Sean Gillies (Oakville, ON/Albany Academy) tallied three goals and Adam Vlassis (Syracuse, NY/East Syracuse-Minoa) had two goals and an assist. Adam Lehmann (Rochester, NY/McQuaid), Chris Cherami (Olwick, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) and David Burke (Fairport, NY) each had two goals.

Lehmann had three ground balls and went 11-of-10 on face-offs. Jimmy Walsh (Rochester, NY/Irondequoit) caused six turnovers and had three ground balls. Dan MacRae (Oakville, ON/Holy Trinity) caused four turnovers and had a ground ball. Rob Tonnessen (Ridgefield, CT) picked up the win for RIT. He allowed 11 goals and made 10 saves.

RIT fell behind 5-1 after the first quarter. The Tigers got on the board first when Gillies tallied an unassisted goal but the Ducks ran off five straight goals to end the quarter leading 5-1.

Gillies scored a man-up goal 1:25 into the second quarter on an assist from Billy Walton (Syracuse, NY/Nottingham), cutting Stevens lead to 5-2.

Matt Keating and Kevin Rose scored consecutive goals for the Ducks, increasing their lead to 7-2 with 5:35 to play in the half.

Cherami scored with a little over five minutes remaining in the half, cutting the Ducks lead to 7-3, but Cal Case scored on an assist from Keating with 1:55 to play in the quarter, giving Stevens an 8-3 lead at the half.

The Ducks scored the first goal of the third quarter, increasing their lead to six goals on an unassisted tally from J.R. Oreskovich.

That would be the final goal of the quarter for the Ducks as RIT siezed the momentum, scoring six straight goals to close out the quarter.

Adam Lehmann began the run with an unassisted goal at 7:11 of the quarter, cutting the lead to 9-4.

Tanner King (Virgina, Beach, VA/Corning East) scored on an assist from Bressler at 8:12 of the third, making it 9-5 Stevens. Chris Cherami made it 9-6 with his second goal of the game with 5:42 to play in the quarter.

Vlassis scored on an assist from Bressler with 4:55 to play in the third, cutting the deficit to two goals. Gillies scored a man-up goal with 4:05 to play, making it a one-goal game.

Burke rounded out the scoring, tying the game at nine with his first goal in five games on an assist from Vlassis. It was the first time since the first quarter.

Stevens opened the scoring with an Alex Hofrichter goal 1:22 into the fourth quarter, giving the Ducks an 10-9 lead.

Burke took a pass from King and scored his second of the game, tying the score at 10.

Vlassis gave RIT their first lead since early in the opening quarter with 7:08 to play. It was a hard shot from up top with RIT on a man-up opportunity.

The Ducks tied the score at 11-11 when Matt Keating scored a man-up goal on an assist from Alex Heckman with 5:12 to play.

Billy Walton scored a nifty behind-the-back goal with 3:37 to play on an assist from Bressler which proved to be the game winner.

Lehmann and Bressler added insurance goals for the Tigers late in the fourth quarter to salt the game away.