Suny Brockport vs. Rit
March 23, 2005
The Game Story:
ROCHESTER, NY -- The RIT (1-3) men's lacrosse team exploded for six third quarter goals en route to a 14-6 win over Brockport State (2-1) on a cold and snowy afternoon at RIT's Turf Field.

"It was good to get our first win," said head coach Gene Peluso. "Our defense played well, particularly Ryan Shand who shut down their top attackman, and we controlled the midfield."

RIT led 3-1 after one quarter on a pair of goals by Zach Bednarz (Webster, NY/Webster) and one from Stephen Papa (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna).

"Zach and Stephen played well today," said Peluso. "They were strong offensively and defensively and were a key for us in controlling the midfield."

Bednarz opened the scoring with 12:30 to play in the first on an assist from Andrew Ruocco (Corning, NY/Corning East).

Bednarz struck again at 9:30 with an assists going to Ruocco. Papa made it 3-1 with 2:00 remaining in the first with Thering getting the assist.

Junior Colin Jesien (Cambridge, MD/Cambridge-S. Dorchester) tallied twice in the second quarter to give RIT a 5-1 advantage.

Greg Dillon scored twice for Brockport at the end of the half to cut the Tigers lead to 5-2.

RIT came out of halftime and put some distance between themselves and the Golden Eagles, scoring six times in the third.

Ruocco and Papa each scored a pair of goals in the third, while Bednarz and Jesien each struck once.

RIT's Jacob Cannan (Irondequoit, NY/Irondequoit) won 5-of-8 faceoffs in the third and 15-of-24 on the game.

The Tigers rounded out the scoring with three goals in the fourth quarter from Papa, Dave Thering (Fairport, NY/Fairport) and Ruocco.

RIT outshot Brockport 37-22 and went 3-for-5 on the man advantage. RIT scooped up 50 ground balls to Brockport's 36.

Papa led RIT with seven points on four goals and three assists. Ruocco added three goals and three assists, while Bednarz added three goals and two helpers. Thering dished out three assists to go along with one goal.

Coach Peluso was pleased with freshman goalie Brad Conlon (Ottawa, Ontario/Bridgeton Academy) in his first collegeiate start. Conlon made nine saves, allowing six goals.

"Brad was poised in the cage," said Peluso. "He came up with some big saves for us in the second half."

The Tigers host #4 Cortland State on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.