Posted Wednesday, March 07, 2007 by .
03/04/2007 - Bears improve to 2-0 with 16-5 win over St. Anselm
Old Westbury, N.Y. - Sophomore Austin Carino (Huntington, N.Y.) scored a game-high four goals and freshman Matt Sullivan (West Islip, N.Y.) dished out a season-high five assists as the NYIT men’s lacrosse team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 16-5 win over St. Anselm this afternoon. St. Anselm looses their first game of the season and falls to 2-1 overall.
Sophomore Al Maione (West Islip, N.Y.) gave the Bears a 1-0 lead just 1:09 into the game with an unassisted goal. Freshman Jake Delillo (Yorktown, N.Y) followed with 4:11 left in the first period to make it a 2-0 game, but St. Anselm’s John Griffin answered one minute later to get the Hawks on the board. The two teams traded scores the first four goals of the second half, but consecutive goals from Carino off of assists from Sullivan, one at 5:24 and the other at 1:16, gave the Bears a 6-3 lead and started a string of 10 unanswered goals by the Bears. Sullivan connected with sophomore Matt Messina (Sayville, N.Y.) for a score just :22 seconds before the half to make it a 7-3 game.
NYIT dominated the third period as six different players scored to help the Bears build a commanding 13-3 lead. Maione scored his second of the day on a man-up advantage off of another assist from Sullivan to make it 14-3 early in the fourth period. Brian Hubert and Matt Surette each scored less than :29 seconds apart with just over eight minutes remaining in the game to provide the finals scores for the Hawks. Freshman Luis Acosta (Inwood, N.Y.) and Pat McClellan (Brookville, N.Y.) each scored late in the fourth period to provide the final score.
Delillo finished with three goals and an assist, sophomore Kevin Hennessy (Islip, N.Y.) added a goal and three assists and Messina chipped in with two goals and an assist. Freshman Eric Ghiraldi (Wantagh, N.Y.) made 10 saves in 52 minutes of action.
Andrew Roy made nine saves in 49 minutes of action for the Hawks.
The Bears return to action on Friday, March 9, hosting St. Andrews University at 3:30 p.m.