LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 2/27/12
From Press Releases
After tallying a game-high four points, including the game-winning goal, in a 7-6 win against Saint Anselm College in the Lions’ 2012 season opener, freshman midfielder Anthony Marino (Seaford) of the Molloy College men’s lacrosse team earned East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week accolades on Monday. He also won a pair of ground balls, and attempted six shots on goal for the maroon and white in the victory on Saturday.
Marino fired home the team’s first marker of the year just 1:37 into the opening quarter. He later brought the Lions within a goal of tying the contest at the 1:09 mark of the third quarter. Then, with the score deadlocked at 6-all, Marino notched the game-winner with two minutes left in regulation. He rolled around the cage, and struck twine off an unassisted effort.
Marino and his Molloy squad return to the field on Wednesday (Feb. 29) in Brookhaven, N.Y. at fifth-ranked Dowling College. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Saturday’s win had other new heroes, too, as freshman attackman Tom Engelhardt (Bethpage) checked in a goal and two assists in his first collegiate contest.
Marino sparked the scoring just 1:37 into the first quarter, giving Molloy an early 1-0 edge. But, the Hawks responded with a pair of unanswered goals, and added another in the second stanza to grab hold of a 3-1 advantage with 10:59 to go in the half. Senior midfielder Tyler Steinetz earned a goal, and an assist on the first two tallies. The Lions then tied the match with a two-goal answer over a four-minute stretch. Graduate midfielder Jimmy Davis (Division Avenue) trimmed the hole to just one score, while Engelhardt struck for the equalizer at the 5:20 mark.
Saint Anselm (0-1) closed the half on a high note though, tallying the last two goals to take a 5-3 cushion into the intermission.
During the latter portion of the contest, senior Glenn Greubel (Mepham) relieved Tommy Bruno (MacArthur) of his guarding of the cage, and surrendered only one goal in the final 30 minutes. With 1:09 to go in the third period, Marino made Michael DeVita and the Hawks pay for a slashing call, as Engelhardt found the Seaford product for the lone tally of the quarter.
Right off the opening faceoff in the fourth quarter, sophomore midfielder Andrew Leo (Hicksville), who had a success rate of 70.6 percent (12-for-17) at the “x”, fed Engelhardt, who gave a pass to Ryan Kudlek (Oceanside) in front for the match-tying goal. Later on, Kudlek and Marino teamed up to put the Lions ahead 6-5 with the go-ahead tally at the 5:49 mark.
Molloy’s lead did not last long, as Saint Anselm tied things up at 6-all with 4:01 remaining. On the play, Peters netted his second marker of the contest off of a pass from sophomore midfielder Jake Mallinson. A late Griffin Sandler illegal body check though would cause the Hawks’ downfall, and the Lions’ uproar. Looking to put the maroon and white ahead for the first time since the opening quarter, Marino snuck a shot through the short side for the lead.
Saint Anselm nearly caught a late break to send the game in overtime, but a thrilling defensive play by junior midfielder Joseph Biscardi (Wantagh) helped the Lions to a season-opening victory. After Greubel ran outside of the crease, he had the ball checked out of his stick, which was lost to Geoff Kennedy. With a wide-open net, Biscardi made a game-saving play for the hosts, as he returned the favor to Kennedy, and cleared the ball out of the defensive zone.
Greubel knocked away eight shots, while Bruno registered three saves. Davis collected three ground balls and two points (1 G, 1 A). Biscardi and freshman midfielder Angelo Armine (Sachem North) picked up three ground balls apiece. Sophomore defenseman Kyle Frenger (Division Avenue) caused three turnovers, and recorded a pair of ground balls.