March 16, 2013

St. Joseph's Snaps Two-Game Losing Streak

from press release

PHILADELPHIA -- Seven different Hawks scored at least one goal each as the men's lacrosse team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 12-7 victory over Marquette on Saturday afternoon on Finnesey Field. With the win, the Hawks even out their non-conference record to 4-4 before heading into CAA action next Saturday.

Trailing 3-2 just under five minutes into the second period, Saint Joseph's exploded for three goals in 49 seconds to take back its lead, 5-3. Freshman attack Pat Swanick was involved in all three plays, netting the first two goals of the run within 33 seconds of one another and assisting on sophomore attack Matthew Sarcona's goal at the 9:21 mark.

"Pat [Swanick] has had a tremendous year so far as a freshman," said head coach Taylor Wray. "We've thrown his feet to the fire and he has really stepped up. He manages the offense, he carries the ball behind the goal, and he's scoring for us. He's drawing slides and getting assists. He's really emerged as a leader for us, even as a freshman."

Marquette (2-3) struck back with a goal at the 6:44 mark to close the Golden Eagles' deficit to one, but both teams would be held scoreless for the remainder of the second period as the Hawks held a 5-4 advantage heading into the second half.

The Crimson and Gray did not waste any time coming out of the locker room as the freshman duo of midfielderRichard Gabelman and Swanick fired off back-to-back goals (12:05, 11:32) and junior midfielder Johnny Simanskiadded his first of two on the day to extend the Hawks' lead, 8-4.

A two-minute penalty on Saint Joseph's allowed Marquette the opportunity to score two man-up goals within seven seconds of one another (6:40, 6:33) as the Golden Eagles closed in, 8-6.

The Hawks would run the offensive game from there on out, going on a 4-1 run for the remainder of the game to seal the 12-7 victory.

Swanick and Sarcona led all scorers with three goals each while Simanski was good for two goals and an assist on the day. Senior attack Kyle Williams was dominant on the offensive end of the field, dishing out three assists while adding the Hawks' 11th goal of the game.

"Having Kyle [Williams] back really adds a lot of versatility for us," said Wray. "We can use him behind the goal or we can use him in the midfield. He's doing a great job leading by example out there."

On the defensive end, junior midfielder Will Abbott had an effective day at the faceoff, converting 16 of 23 chances (.696) and picking up a game-high eight ground balls. Sophomore Will Farrell picked up four ground balls and caused two turnovers in the win.

Sophomore goalkeeper Dustin Keen improves to 4-4 on the season with an eight-save performance.

For the game, Saint Joseph's outshot Marquette, 33-23, and held a 35-26 advantage in ground balls while the Golden Eagles turned the ball over three less times than the Hawks (16-19).

"Our guys played really hard today," said Wray. "It wasn't our sharpest game of the year. We have a lot to improve upon. I thought they managed a strange start [with game start pushed back]. It was cold and it was snowy and I thought that they were able to maintain a high level of focus. In the end, that was what helped us through the game."

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