Saint John Fisher vs. Alfred
April 18, 2009
The Game Story:
The St. John Fisher College men’s lacrosse team rallied from an early 2-1 deficit, scoring seven straight goals to close out the first half, and defeated visiting Alfred University 16-7 on Saturday at Fisher's Growney Stadium in an Empire 8 Conference matchup.

With the win, Fisher, who set a College-record for victories in a season in Wednesday’s 13-12 win over Nazareth College, improves to 13-2 overall and 5-2 in the Empire 8 Conference, while Alfred falls to 8-5, 1-5.

Today’s win also marks the 400th career win for head coach John Johnson. Johnson, who coached for 26 years at Canandaigua Academy and compiled a 357-149 record, has a 43-22 mark in his four-year career at Fisher.

Alfred led 2-1 after Justin Gill scored with 4:08 left in the first quarter, but the Cardinals took control, scoring the next seven goals to take a 8-2 lead into the locker room.

The Saxons scored two of the second half’s first three goals to pull within five at 9-4, but the Cardinals responded again, scoring five unanswered, and cruised to the win.

Senior All-American Dave Wood won 19-of-24 face offs and scooped up a team-high 14 ground balls.
Jeff Price finished with five points on three goals and two assists. Chris Schmidt added three goals and one assist, while freshmen Kyle Denhoff and Connor Henderson each finished with two goals and one assist.

Dave Malone totaled one goal and one assist, while Ryan Schmidt scored two goals.
Jason Cirulli, Mike Cummins and Matt Kaiser each scored a goal, while Nick Savine and
Scott Bowen each picked up an assist.

Goalie Jon Cortina stopped 11 shots over 48 minutes of action to earn the win. Bill Buttaro made three saves over the final 11:40.

Fisher will return to action on 1 p.m. next Saturday at Utica College in the final game of the 2009 regular season.