03/15/2007 - #4 NYIT rolls past Pfeiffer 22-9
Old Westbury, N.Y. - The #4 NYIT men?s lacrosse team out-scored the Pfeiffer University Falcons 17-5 over the final three quarters en route to a 22-9 non-conference victory this afternoon. The Bears improve to a perfect 5-0 on the season while the Falcons drop to 1-6 overall.
The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first three and a half minutes of action, getting scores from graduate student Paul Flowers (London, England), freshman Austin Carino (Huntington, N.Y.) and sophomore Rob Le Guen (Melbourne, Australia). Chuck Batchelor?s unassisted goal with 6:05 remaining put Pfeiffer on the scoreboard and the Falcons would score four of the next six goals over the final 6:05 to trail just 5-4 heading in to the second quarter. The Falcons took advantage of two Bears penalties, with Shawn Cross and Chad Olsen each scoring man-up goals.
The Bears turned the tables and dominated the second quarter scoring all six goals and the defense shut-out the Falcon?s, limiting them to just two shots. Flowers and Carino each netted their second goal of the game and sophomore Al Maione (West Islip, N.Y.) added two scores of his own as the Bears built an 11-4 lead at the half.
Batchelor scored the first goal of the third quarter to make it 11-5, but Flowers and Carino scored just :16 seconds apart at 12:52 and 12:36 to give the Bears a 13-5 lead. After Eddie Gourley scored for the Falcons with just over seven minutes left in the third, the Bears reeled off seven unanswered goals spanning the third and fourth quarters to give NYIT a 20-6 lead and put the game out of reach.
NYIT out-shot Pfeiffer 62-27, won 22-33 face-offs and picked up a season-high 71 ground balls to the Falcons 42.
Carino scored four goals for the fourth time in five games, Flowers and freshman Jake Delillo (Yorktown, N.Y.) both finished with three goals, sophomores Kevin Hennessy (West Babylon, N.Y.) and Jeremy Hobson (Riverhead, N.Y.) each added a goal and three assists and sophomore Matt Messina (Sayvill, N.Y.) finished with two goals and an assist.
Gourley led the Falcons with a game-high five points on two goals and three assists and Batchelor and Olsen each chipped in with two goals and an assist in the loss.
The Bears return to action, taking on #10 Bryant University at home, this Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m.