Saint John Fisher vs. Rit
April 7, 2004
The Game Story:
PITTSFORD, NY -- The #15 RIT men's Lacrosse team improved to 9-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Empire 8 with a 17-4 win at St. John Fisher on Wednesday evening. It's the third win a row for the Tigers.

RIT jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead when Ryan Neward (Williamsville, NY) scored just 26 seconds into the game. St. John Fisher held RIT's offense in check and tied the score at 1-1 on a goal by Matt Hargather with 9:41 remaining. Josh Molinari (Oswego, NY) gave RIT the lead for good with his man-up goal wit 7:05 to play in the quarter. That seemed to wake up the Tigers as they ripped off four straight goals to end the quarter leading 6-1. RIT spread out the scoring as six different players scored goals in the first. Along with Neward and Molinari Zach Bednarz (Webster, NY), Craig Rubino (Rochester, NY), David Thering (Fairport, NY) and Joel Weet (Flemington, NJ) each tallied a goal in the first quarter.

RIT kept up the pressure in the second quarter, tallying four times in the quarter. Colin Jesien (Cambridge, MD) scored twice, whie Chris Copeland (Webster, NY) and David Thering each scored a goal. The Cardinals, who mustered just nine shots in the quarter, scored their lone goal with 9:38 remaining as RIT took a 10-2 lead into halftime.

RIT scored seven times in the second half and held St. John Fisher to just two goals. Ryan Neward opened the third quarter with his second goal of the contest. After a Cardinals goal, Zach Bednarz struck twice and Neward scored late in the third, extending RIT's lead. Josh Molinari, Joe Argese (Jordan, NY) and Travis Yantomasi (Amherst, NY) each scored a goal in the fourth quarter as RIT cruised home for the 17-4 win.

RIT outshot St. John Fisher 66-25. The Tigers defense turned in another outstanding performance, holding the Cardinals to just four goals. John Foley (Guelph, ONT) got the start in goals, allowing three goals and making eight saves. Senoir Jon Manley (Keuka Park, NY) led the defense with eight ground balls. Mike Lachut (Fulton, NY) also had eight ground balls, while Mike Abrams (Onondaga Nation) had five.

RIT hits the road on Saturday when they travel to Schenectady, NY to face the Union College Dutchmen. That game faces off at 1 p.m.