Union vs. Rit
March 8, 2008
The Game Story:
SCHENECTADY, NY -- Sophomore attack Chris Jacobson (Northborough, MA) scored two goals and assisted on five others and Union scored five straight fourth quarter goals for an 8-3 win over #14 Rochester Institute of Technology Saturday at Frank Bailey Field. With the win, the Dutchmen improved to 3-0 and are off to their best start since the 1986 team also opened up the year at 3-0. RIT, ranked by the USILA, fell to 1-2 with a second straight loss.

The teams were tied at 3-3 after the third period, but the Dutchmen put the game away with the five goals all coming in the final 7:21. Collison got the eventual game winner at that time with a feed from Kevin Rautenstrauch (West Seneca, NY). The Dutchmen scored man up goals wioth 5:26 remaining by Jon Miller (Yarmouth, ME) and with 3:52 left by Tom Simmons (Salisbury, CT) for a 6-3 lead, with Jacobson assisting on both tallies. He scored his second of the day 10 seconds after Simmons' score and assisted on the final goal by Ian Hunter (Providence, RI) with 2:58 left in the fourth.

After a scoreless first quarter, Jacobson opened the scoring with an unassisted score 5:33 into the second quarter. The Tigers got consecutive goals by Sean Gillies (Oakville, ON) with 2:25 left in the half, then with 7:02 remaining in the third for their lone lead, 2-1. But Matthew Douglas (New York, NY) tied it with a jacobson assist on a man up with 3:22 left, and Simmons scored his first of the day from Jacobson with just 1:28 left in the quarter. The Tigers tied it at 3-3 on the fourth of the year by Chris Ferry (Webster, NY) with 23 seconds left in the third.

Union was outshot on the day, 30-24, but had a 48-33 ground ball advantage, including 18 ground balls in the fourth period that featured a steady downpour. Each team won seven face offs and the Dutchmen converted three of the six man up opportunities, including two in the fourth stanza. The Dutchmen killed off four of the five RIT man ups, and both in the fourth period. Union converted 76% of the clear attempts while RIT was successful 75% of the time.

Union junior goaltender Christopher Keinath (Wilbraham, MA) made 14 saves, including four in the fourth, while Tiger goalie Brad Conlon (Ottawa, ONT) stopped six shots.

The Dutchmen are idle until March 21, when they play at Susquehanna. They return home on April 2 to host SUNY Oswego at 5 p.m.