Mount Saint Vincent vs. Alvernia
March 9, 2013
The Game Story:
Reading, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent Men's Lacrosse team fell in a 9-8 overtime heartbreaker at Alvernia on Saturday afternoon. Matt Desimone (Congers, N.Y.) and Bryan Stein (Larchmont, N.Y.) each found the back of the net twice for the Dolphins.

Saturday's game was tightly contested throughout, with the largest lead for either team being two goals. Mike McEnaney (New York, N.Y.) gave the Mount its first two goal advantage of the day when he tallied at the 8:34 mark of the opening period to give the Dolphins a 2-0 lead.

After the Crusaders rallied with the next two goals of the game to tie things up at 2-2, John Petito (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Stein struck for Mount Saint Vincent to give the Dolphins back a two goal advantage, at 4-2, with 9:32 left in the second quarter.

Mallory Pierre answered for Alvernia at the 5:14 mark of the second period for Alvernia to get the home side back to within a goal heading into halftime. Pierre's goal started a string of four straight markers for Alvernia as the Crusaders opened the third period with three straight tallies to take a 6-4 lead.

With Brian Ray and Daniel Frantz scoring back-to-back man-up goals to send the Mount to its first disadvantage of the day, it answered with the next three goals to pull back in front 7-6. Frank Maddaloni (Bronx, N.Y.) started the stretch with his first goal of the season, with Stein and Pat McEnaney (New York, N.Y.) each scoring in the opening moments of the fourth quarter to get the Mount back in front.

Rick Reid got Alvernia even at seven goals apiece with 11:25 left in regulation before the two team's went the next nearly 11 minutes without a goal. Desimone finally answered Reid's tally with 34 seconds remaining in the fourth to get the Dolphins out in front 8-7, before Jared Toll tied things up at the horn to send the game to overtime.

Alvernia carried the momentum into the extra frame on Saturday and closed out the come-from-behind victory with a Brian Ray goal with 2:45 left in the first extra session. Ray's goal gave the Crusaders their second straight overtime win over the Dolphins.

Ray finished the contest with three goals and four groundballs for Alvernia, while Toll tallied twice. Colin Gallagher led all players in the game with eight groundballs and also won seven face-offs in the victory.

Desimone and Stein lead the team with six goals each on the season after their scoring output on Saturday, with Desimone leading the Dolphins with eight points on the year. Desimone closed out a strong all-around game with four groundballs and three caused turnovers.

Maddaloni finished the day with six groundballs and Joe Esposito (Bethpage, N.Y.) collected four groundballs and caused a pair of turnovers for the Dolphins.

Junior Kyle Kalibat (Oceanside, N.Y.) closed the game with 15 saves for the Mount and two groundballs. Kalibat made seven of his 15 stops in the second quarter. Brandon Weaver earned the win for Alvernia after stopping seven shots.

Overall for the game, Alvernia outshot Mount Saint Vincent 36-29, with the Dolphins holding a 36-34 edge in groundballs. The Dolphins also won 10 of the 19 face-offs taken on the day, with Derek Wilson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) earning each decision.

Saturday's loss is Mount Saint Vincent's second straight and drops it to 1-2 overall on the season. The Dolphins will look to get back to the .500 mark on Tuesday when they play host to Becker. Face-off at Tibbetts Brook Park is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.