Rit vs. Union
May 14, 2014
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, NY -- The No. 1 RIT men's lacrosse team (19-0) will face No. 9 Union College (15-3) in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday, May 14 at 4 p.m. at Tiger Stadium. Ticket prices for Wednesday's game are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $1 for children and will be available at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers, ranked first in this week's USILA Division III poll, advanced to the quarterfinals for the fifth straight season, with a 20-8 win over Ithaca in the second round. Casey Jackson (Victoria, BC/Claremont) and Ryan Lee (Sharon, Ontario/The Hill Academy) led RIT with five points apiece, while Pat Johnston (Long Beach, CA/Norwell (MA)) improved to 14-0 in net, making 10 saves. RIT is in the NCAA Tournament for the 16th time in school history. Last season, the Tigers made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championship Game, defeating three top-five teams (Cabrini, Tufts and SUNY Cortland) en route to the title game. Overall, RIT is 15-15 all time in NCAA Tournament games, and are in the quarterfinals for the 14th time (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2010, 2012, 2013). RIT has made six trips to the national semifinals (1984, 1985, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2013). The Dutchmen are appearing in their third NCAA Tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 17-11 win over Amherst in the second round on Saturday. Versus Amherst, Rob Santangelo recorded six points (4g, 2a) and Charlie Ross had a hat trick to lead the Dutchmen. Union's defense held Amherst to five second-half goals, allowing just one in the fourth quarter. The game was tied at 9-9 in the third quarter when Jon Andrews scored twice, and Santangelo went on a three-goal spurt, capping an 8-2 Union run to finish the game. Stefan Basile made 15 stops in net for Union. The winner advances to the semifinals on Sunday, May 18 and will face the winner between SUNY Cortland and Tufts who play on Wednesday in Medford, Mass. RIT comes into Wednesday third in Division III in scoring, averaging 17.11 goals per game. The Tigers have outscored their opponents 325-159 this season and have scored 15 or more goals in 15 games, setting a school record for goals in a season with 325. RIT's man-up unit is 10th nationally, converting 23-of-52 (44.2%) chances on the season. RIT features 14 players with 10 or more points, and four players with 50 or more points led by 2014 Liberty League Rookie of the Year Ryan Lee (Sharon, Ontario/The Hill Academy) who has 72 points on 45 goals and 27 assists. Casey Jackson (Victoria, BC/Claremont) is second on the team in scoring with 67 points on 51 goals and 16 assists, while Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) is third with 58 points on 27 goals and 31 assists. Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) is fourth on the team with 57 points (39g, 18a). Defensively, RIT allows 8.37 goals per game. Johnston has played the majority of minutes in net with a 14-0 record, a 8.37 goals against average, and a .603 save percentage. Sophomore Matt Hossack (Port Perry, Ontario/Port Perry) is second on the team with 69 ground balls and leads the team with 34 caused turnovers. RIT has won 320-of-535 (59.8%) of its face-offs led by senior Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) who ranks 34th nationally winning 266-of-426 (62.4%) of his draws. He is also is 15th in Division III averaging 8.47 ground balls per game. Brooks-Lambert's 266 face-off wins is tied for second with Jerry Ragonese in school history for face-offs won in a season. Union enters Wednesday's quarterfinal contest, averaging 11.61 goals per game and has outscored its opponents 209-117 this season. The Dutchmen man-up unit is 14-of-75 (18.7%) of their man-up opportunities this season. The Dutchmen feature 14 players with 10 or more points, and three players with 30 or more points led by Santangelo who has 48 points on 25 goals and 23 assists. Nolan Stauffer is second in scoring with 35 points on 23 goals and 12 assists, and Richard Gregory is third with 34 points on 21 goals and 13 assists. Defensively, Union is one of the top teams in Division III. The Dutchmen are 13th nationally, allowing 6.50 goals per game and has held its opponents to 10 goals or fewer in 13 times. Basile is 13-3 on the season and is 17th in Division III with a 6.73 goals against average and is fifth with a .648 save percentage. Adam Sands leads the team with 29 caused turnovers, while Connor Hall is winning 53.9% (166-of-308) of his draws and has 88 ground balls. RIT is 12-3 all time versus Union, including two victories this season. RIT defeated the Dutchmen 8-7 on April 16, and 13-11 in the Liberty League Championship on May 5. RIT has won 29 straight home contests and is 73-7 over the last four years. RIT tied a school record by winning its 19th game of the season last Saturday, having also done so in 2011 (19-1) and 2013 (19-3).