Posted Monday, April 23, 2007 by .
04/21/2007 - #2 NYIT cruises past #6 Dowling
Old Westbury, N.Y. - The #2 NYIT Bears outscored #6 Dowling College 6-1 in the second quarter and never looked back en route to a 14-6 win in East Coast Conference men’s lacrosse action this afternoon. Sophomore Kevin Hennessy (West Babylon, N.Y.) recorded a game-high five points on a goal and four assists as the undefeated Bears improved to 9-0 on the season and a 4-0 in the ECC. The loss drops Dowling to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Sophomore Matt Messina (Sayville, N.Y.) set the tone on offense for the Bears, scoring an unassisted goal off of transition just two and a half minutes into the first period. After Kevin Rimmer tied the game at 9:52 off of a feed from Ed Hoctor, Messina netted his second of the game at 4:08, beating his defender for an unassisted man-up goal. Freshman Austin Carino (Huntington, N.Y.) teamed up with Hennessy on consecutive scores two minutes apart, with the first coming just :25 seconds after Messina’s, to give NYIT a 4-1 lead. The Golden Lion’s Nick Cotter took advantage of an NYIT penalty late in the quarter, scoring a man-up goal with :16 seconds left to bring Dowling to within 4-2.
The Bears scored the first three goals of the second quarter to push their lead to 7-2. Sophomore Al Maione (West Islip, N.Y.) netted back-to-back goals at 13:21 and 12:10 and Hennessy followed a minute later with his only goal of the game. Dowling pulled to within 7-3 on Ryan Campbell’s goal :14 seconds later, but the Bears responded by scoring the next four goals, spanning the second and third quarters, to build a comfortable 11-3 lead. Carino and Maione each netted their third goals of the game and freshmen Jake Delillo (Yorktown, N.Y.) and Matt Sullivan (West Islip, N.Y.) followed with scores of their own.
Dowling opened the fourth quarter with consecutive scores from Joe Biondolillo and Cotter, but sophomore Jeremy Hobson (Riverhead, N.Y.) stopped Dowling’s momentum with his first of the game at 12:49, and Delillo found the back of the net twice to put the game away and give the Bears a 14-5 lead with 7:41 remaining.
Rimmer scored his second of the game with 2:53 left for the Golden Lions.
The Bears out-shot Dowling 50-25 and picked up 46 groundballs to the Golden Lions 29. Dowling won the battle of the face-offs, winning 11-18, but NYIT fared better in the second half going 3-5.
Delillo finished with three goals and an assist, Carino and Maione added three goals each, Messina finished with two scores and Suillivan and Hobson each added a goal and an assist in the win. Sophomore Dan Goosk (Oceanside, N.Y.) was stellar in the net, making 11 saves, including several from point-blank range, to earn his eight win of the season.
Rimmer and Cotter led Dowling with the two goals and Campbell added a goal and an assist in the loss. Frank Melhus made 15 saves in the net for the Golden Lions.
The Bears return to action this Saturday, April 28, traveling to Erie, Pa. to take on #1 Mercyhurst in a showdown of the two top ranked teams in the nation.