Union vs. Utica College
March 2, 2008
The Game Story:
SCHENECTADY, NY Sophomore attack Scott Garabaldi (Summit, NJ) scored two goals and junior goaltender Christopher Keinath (Wilbraham, MA) made 18 saves as Union College defeated Utica College, 8-4 in the mens lacrosse opener for both teams at Frank Bailey Field Sunday afternoon.

The Dutchmen got single goals from six other players and jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead in the contest. The Pioneers outshot the hosts, 33-24, including 12-6 in the first period, but Keinath made eight saves in the stanza. Union was successful on 12 of 16 clear attempts and won 10 of the 16 face offs for the day.

Union got a goal and an assist each from Chris Jacobsen (Northborough, MA), Jon Miller (Yarmouth, ME) and Chris Collison (Trumbull, CT), and single goals from Tom Simmons (Salisbury, CT), Brendan Kinnane (Little Compton, RI) and Ian Hunter (Providence, RI).

Utica had one goal each from Dave Misiaszek (New Hartford, NY), Corey Boulio (Carthage, NY), Michael Bulger (Watertown, NY) and Tanner Stewart (Lowville, NY).

Paul Phelan (Liverpool, NY) made three saves in playing close to the full first half, while Travis Wright (Watertown, NY) came in for Utica and stopped six in just over 30 minutes.

Garabaldi gave the Dutchmen the lead at 11:58 of the first quarter on an assist from Miller, and 1:12 later Simmons notched his first of the year for a 2-0 lead. Garabaldi notched his second with 4:45 left and Hunter closed out the scoring at 3:42, while Keinath made many outstanding stops in the Dutchmen net.

Miller talked 1:58 into the second quarter and Jacobson got a pass from Collison at 9:28 for a 6-0 Union lead. Utica tallied at 5:43 and 4:05 on goals by Stewart and Boulio to pull to with four scores, but Collison got it back up to a five goal advantage at 2:54. Bulger scored for the Pioneers with 1:21 left in the half to cut the lead back to four at 7-3, Union.

The teams were scoreless in the third and each notched a goal in the fourth stanza. Kinnane scored at 9:28 and Utica could only score late with Misiaszek scoring an even strength tally with 1:04 left in the fourth. Neither team converted on extra man opportunities.

Union sophomore goaltender Rahde Frank (Harwood, MD) came in for the final 2:25 and stopped one Pioneer shot.

Union returns to action Wednesday, March 5 to host Cazenovia at 4 p.m. Utica hosts SUNY Geneseo Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.