LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/18/12
From Press Releases
Solid defense and a strong 1st half propelled No. 4 Dowling to a huge 14-4 ECC road win Saturday over No. 7 CW Post at Hilcox Field. With the win, Dowling improves to 4-0 (4-0 ECC) while CW Post drop to 3-2 (1-2 ECC).
The Golden Lions pulled away early, with the game tied at 2, a man down goal by Billy Richardson sparked the offense as Dowling went on a 10-1 run to take a 10 goal lead early in the 3rd quarter. Richardson and fellow attackman Michael Brennan were terrific, the tandum each scored 3 goals, capitilizing frequently throughout the 1st half, controlling the pace of the game for Dowling. The game winner came late in the 1st as Richardson finished on a feed from Vito Demola.
The midfielders led by Danny Abbene accounting for half of the Dowling offense. Abbene had two goals on his birthday and Brendan Hayes had a goal and two helpers.
For the third consecutive game, Boyle’s defense was stingent in the 2nd half, not allowing a goal in the 3rd quarter and a meaningless tally in the 4th with the game way out of reach. Goalie Ryan Doughtery finished with 6 saves and Matt Lauria and Derek Muzio and 4 and 3 groundballs respectively and a caused turnover each.
Dowling also dominated the hustle stats, owning a 37-26 advantage on groundballs.
At the faceoff circle, Lou Riley went 9-18 and scooped up 6 groundballs.
Molloy 11, Roberts Wesleyan 2
Junior attackman Kenny Lutz (Farmingdale, N.Y.) notched a game-high five goals, as Molloy rolled past in a St. Patrick’s Day match-up at the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Graduate midfielder Jimmy Davis (Levittown, N.Y.) checked in two tallies and a pair of assists, while freshman attackman Tom Engelhardt (Bethpage, N.Y.) added two goals and an assist for the Lions.
Molloy (4-1), which won its third-straight in the process, went right to work, netting two goals early on in the first stanza for a quick 2-0 lead after a period of play. Lutz and Engelhardt accounted for the scoring for the maroon and white. One quarter later, the Lions did not let off the gas pedal, as Lutz and sophomore attackman/midfielder Cameron Walsh (Farmingville, N.Y.) combined for three scores in a three-plus minute stretch to extend the edge to 5-0 with 9:04 left. Each of those tallies also came at even strength for Molloy.
Roberts Wesleyan (1-3) came right back with two markers in a stint of 1:47, making it 5-2. Junior attackman Colin Cornaire (Henrietta, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Craig Petit (Williamsville, N.Y.) recorded unassisted tallies. The Lions had an answer right before the half though, as Lutz and Davis went back-to-back in the last minute-plus, to send the hosts into the break with a 7-2 advantage. Molloy never looked back from there, as it held the visitors off the board in the second half.
During the latter 30 minutes, the Lions netted two more goals apiece in each quarter. Four different players scored for the maroon and white, with Ryan Blackmore (Wantagh, N.Y.) capping it with his first of the year at the 4:12 mark. For the match, Molloy owned a 36-19 edge in ground balls. Both teams attempted 35 shots apiece. Between the pipes, the goalies played extraordinary. Sophomore cageminder John Grebe (Farmingville, N.Y.) made 14 saves for the hosts. Sophomore netminder Matt Hamilton (Niskayuna, N.Y.) turned aside a game-high 15 shots for the Raiders.
Molloy was nearly flawless on clears, converting on 18-of-19 tries. It also held Roberts Wesleyan to an 0-for-3 rate with the man-advantage, as the Lions entered the game with the No. 2 man-down defense in the country.