Utica College vs. Saint John Fisher
April 25, 2009
The Game Story:
UTICA, NY (April 25, 2009) - The Utica College men's lacrosse team (8-7, 3-5 E8) closed out its 2009 season with a 12-7 loss to visiting St. John Fisher College (14-2, 6-2 E8) in Empire 8 Conference play Saturday. After falling behind 5-0 in the first 15 minutes of play, UC outscored Fisher 3-1 in the second quarter and entered the half down by three goals, 6-3. The Pioneers remained within striking distance the entire contest, but the Cardinals held UC to four second half goals, and scored six of their own, en route to their second straight win over the Pioneers in as many seasons.

UC closed out its 2009 campaign with an 8-7 overall record and tied the school record for most wins in a single season. The Pioneers are now 3-4 all-time against the Cardinals with their last win coming on April 21, 2007, 12-9. Fisher set a new school record for wins in a single season (14) and they will advance to the Empire 8 Conference Championships next weekend.

The Cardinals 5-0 first quarter lead was spearheaded by Dave Malone, who scored two straight goals in a span of 3:35 late in first, to give Fisher a commanding five goal lead headed into the second quarter.

The Pioneers opened the second quarter with three straight goals to cut the Cardinals lead to two, 5-3, with 9:04 to go before the half. Michael Brodhead tallied the first two goals of the game for UC off assists from senior Aaron Benoit, before junior Michael Brodhead added his team-high 35th goal of the season, unassisted, with just over nine minutes to go. Fisher’s Jeff Price tallied his 29th goal of the season with 3:05 to go in the second quarter to give the Cardinals a 6-3 lead as the halftime buzzer sounded.

UC came out of the gates hot in the second half, netting two straight goals, to cut the Cardinal lead to 6-5. Corey Boulio and David O’Connell each netted one goal to bring the Pioneers to within one with 9:24 to go in the third.

Fisher answered with five consecutive goals over a span of 13:50 to put the game out of reach. Team leading scorer Chris Schmidt scored three of his game-high four goals, capping the five goal outburst, and the Cardinals led 11-5 with 9:47 to go in the contest.

Bulger netted two more goals for the Pioneers to close out the contest, but it was not enough, as the Cardinals cruised to a five goal victory. Bulger wrapped up his junior campaign ranked second on the College’s all-time scoring list with 121 career points (85 goals, 36 assists).

Fisher’s Dave Wood won 17-of-23 face-offs and the Cardinals earned a 29-21 ground ball advantage on the day.

Senior goalie Travis Wright made ten saves in the loss, while Jon Cortina stopped seven in between the pipes for SJFC. Wright also added six ground balls and he will graduate as the College’s all-time leader after averaging 12.04 saves in 26 career games.