Rit vs. Utica College
April 20, 2004
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, NY -- The #15 RIT men's lacrosse team got back on the winning track on Tuesday with a 14-9 win over Utica College. The win snaps a two game skid by the Tigers and improves their record to 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the Empire 8.

It didn't look promising in the early going as Utica came out and scored first on a goal by Ryan McGowan. David Thering (Fairport, NY) answered for the Tigers with the first of his five goals, tying the score at 1-1. Chris Copelnd (Webster, NY) gave RIT a 2-1 lead on his goal from Josh Molinari (Oswego, NY) at the 7:18 mark. The Pioneers finished the quarter strong, getting goals from A.J. Fus and Matt Donaldson within the last 3:30 minutes, holding a 3-2 lead after one quarter.

The Pioneers took a 4-2 lead early in the second quarter when Matt Donaldson struck again just 29 seconds into the quarter. The Tigers offense finally got on track in the latter part of the second quarter as they ripped off five straight goals. Zach Bednarz (Webster, NY) and Ryan Neward (Williamsville, NY) each had two goals in that stretch and Thering added a goal as RIT took a 7-4 lead into halftime.

Thering opened the scoring in the second half with a goal at the 10:53 mark, giving RIT an 8-4 lead. Ryan McGowan scored on an assist from Matt Donaldson, breaking the run of six straight goals by RIT. Thering added two more goals in the quarter and Chris Copeland scored a goal as the Tigers took a 11-6 lead into the fourth quarter.

RIT opened the fourth with a three-minute, man-up advantage on a stick violation by the Pioneers. The Tigers scored three times during the advantage, two coming from Zach Bednarz, who finished the afternoon with four goals. Utica made a bit of a run late in the quarter on a pair of man-up goals from Matt Donaldson and Nate Jobson, pulling the Pioneers to within 14-9. However, that's as close as they would get as RIT's defense held on for the win.

John Foley (Guelph, Ontario) made six saves in net for the Tigers. Jonathan Manley (Keuka Park, NY) and David Thering led the Tigers with six ground balls apiece.

The Tiers close out their regular season on Saturday, April 24 when they host Hartwick College at 1 p.m. on RIT Field.