Thiel vs. La Roche
March 27, 2012
The Game Story:
GREENVILLE, Pa. — The Tomcat men's lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 19-15 decision to the Redhawks of La Roche College on Tuesday night in Greenville, Pa.

La Roche looked like they were going to run away with the contest when they scored four quick goals in just the first five minutes of play. However, Thomas Petrullo (Wantagh, N.Y./General Douglass Macarthur) started the scoring rampage for the Tomcats off an assist by Zach Macurak that led to five straight goals for Thiel. Two goals by each Carmen Papa (Salamanca, N.Y./Salamanca Central) and Andrew Shaver (Liverpool, N.Y./West Genesee) in the final five minutes of the first quarter gave the Tomcats the 5-4 lead heading into the second.

After Papa added his third goal of the game four minutes in to the second quarter, La Roche then went on a 5-0 run which included back-to-back goals by Mike Kenski to take the lead back and 9-6. The teams then traded goals over the last three minutes of the half with Shaver adding his third goal of the contest to send the teams into halftime with the Redhawks up 10-7.

After the Redhawks notched a quick goal at the beginning of the second half, Thiel began to chip away at the lead once again using goals number four and five from each Shaver and Papa as well as a score from Francis Ahia (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills) to outscore La Roche 5-1 over the next 16 minutes to tie the contest at 12 a piece with 13:12 remaining in the contest.

The Redhawks then put two straight on the board before Sam Raymond (Davis Park N.Y./Bellport Senior) connected with the back of the net off an assist from Papa to cut the lead to 14-13. The rest of the way, the Tomcats were outscored 5-2 with the two points coming from Macurak and Ahia, and the Thiel fell by a final of 19-15.

Shaver and Papa led the way for the Tomcats with seven points apiece (5 goals/2 assists) and both Ahia and Macurak added two goals each with Ahia collecting two assists. As a team, the Tomcats took advantage of man-up opportunities as they connected on 7-of-15 chances.

Thiel will return to action Saturday, March 31 when they travel to Bethany, W. Va. to take on the Bison of Bethany College. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.