Immaculata vs. Neumann
April 25, 2009
The Game Story:
IMMACULATA, Pa. – Brendan Dinneen scored five goals and John Cacchio posted five points as Immaculata held off visiting Neumann, 12-10, on a blistering hot afternoon at Draper Walsh Stadium Saturday in the regular-season finale for both schools.

Immaculata (4-9, 2-4 CSAC) finishes its third varsity campaign with the most wins in program history. Neumann finishes up at 2-13 overall and 0-6 in the conference.

Dinneen scored his fifth and final goal of the afternoon with 7:06 remaining to break a 10-all tie, and Joe Keller finished off a nice individual effort at the 2:52 mark for insurance. The Mighty Macs’ defense held Neumann scoreless over the final 12 minutes of play after the Knights’ Justin Mailloux knotted things up with his team-high fourth goal of the game at 12:09.

Immaculata jumped out on top early with three goals in the first quarter to take a 3-0 advantage after 15 minutes of play. Dinneen potted his second of the contest early in the second quarter to give the Mighty Macs their largest lead of the day at 4-0.

However, Neumann netted five of the next six tallies to eventually tie the game at 5-5 with eight minutes left in the first half.

The difference in the game came during the final 10 seconds of the first half when Patrick Durso finished off a nice feed from Cacchio with eight ticks left on the clock to put the Mighty Macs up by one. On the ensuing faceoff, Neumann was called for a procedure infraction, and Immaculata quickly raced down field where Cacchio buried a shot in the back of the net with 2.8 seconds to go that sent the hosts into the locker room with a two-goal advantage (7-5).

Cacchio registered two goals and three assists, and Keller notched a pair of goals for the Mighty Macs. Tom Hartney and Durso each scored once as well. Keller picked up a team-high 11 ground balls in the contest, won both faceoffs he took and caused two turnovers.

Immaculata outshot Neumann, 22-4 in the third quarter, but the two sides managed to trade three goals each. The Mighty Macs held a 55-35 shot advantage for the game.

Andrew Sim registered 12 saves to capture the win for the Mighty Macs in the cage while Neumann keeper Jake Boulay made an impressive 24 stops.

Jim Baranello posted three points (1G, 2A), scooped up eight ground balls, won 6 of 12 faceoffs and caused two turnovers for Immaculata.