Utica College vs. Rit
April 18, 2007
The Game Story:
UTICA, NY -- The RIT men's lacrosse team scored nine goals in the second half, including seven straight, to give the eleventh ranked Tigers an 11-2 win over Utica College on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers improve to 11-2 overall and 4-2 in the Empire 8.

RIT's defense was the story, holding Utica scoreless in the first half and two goals overall. John Foley (Arthur, ON/Our Lady of Lourdes) was great, making nine saves winning his eleventh game of the season. Phil Davenport (New Market, MD/Linganore) and Jacob Tuller (Corning, NY/Corning East) led the defense with seven combined ground balls.

The Tigers offense struggled in the first quarter but Andrew Ruocco's unassisted goal with 3:48 to play in the quarter gave RIT a 1-0 lead.

Jacob Brunner (Lafayette, NY) bulled his way to the net, scoring with a nicely placed shot, putting RIT up 2-0 early in the second quarter.

RIT's defense clamped down in the second quarter, holding the Pioneers to three total shots, but none on net.

Andy Ruocco's second goal of the contest early in the third quarter gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Scott Farress (Webster, NY) made it 4-0 on a nice feed from Stephen Papa (Niskayuna, NY) at 12:07 of the third.

The Pioneers made it 4-1 on a goal from David O'Connell at 10:58 of the third. Steve Schoen's goal at 4:43 of the third cut RIT's lead to 4-2.

Farress and Eric Pritchard (Webster, NY) closed out the scoring in the third quarter,extending RIT's lead to 6-4 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Tigers played their best quarter in the fourth, holding Utica to two shots on goals and tallied five goals on the offensive end.

Ruocco, Farress, Daniel Rago (Geneva, NY), Brandon Wilkin (Penfield, NY) and Dave DeMuth (Jordan, NY/Jordan-Elbridge) each had goals in the fourth quarter.

Farress finished with four points on three goals and an assit. Ruocco had three goals and Eric Pritchard added a goal and an assist.

RIT forced the Pioneers into 13 failed clears. The Tigers out shot Utica 57-26 and won battle for ground balls, 42-37.

The Tigers will close out the regular season this Saturday at Hartwick College at 1 pm. RIT, now 11-2 on the season and 4-2 in the Empire 8, is in third place in the Empire 8.