February 22, 2014

VMI Surges Past St. Joseph's in Third Quarter

from press release

PHILADELPHIA -- A surge in the third quarter was the difference in the Virginia Military Institute's men's lacrosse game at Saint Joseph's, with the host Hawks scoring seven goals en route to a 14-6 win over the Keydets Saturday afternoon.

A two-goal, 5-3 game at halftime, Saint Joseph's scored three times in the first five minutes of the fresh half to pull away from the Keydets. Ryan McGee scored a hat trick in the third quarter.

VMI's goal scoring efforts were led by midfielder Dan Bull, who struck twice for his first multi-goal game of season, while posting one assist for a career day in the points column. Senior attackman Mickey Hofmeister finished with one goal and one assist, extending his scoring streak to three games. Two freshman, Kasey Kettle and Dale Mattice, each scored, as did sophomore midfielder Gage Snowbarger. Andrew Erber added an assist on the day.

Matt Blasco was the top point getter on the day, finishing with three goals and three assists. McGee paced the goals during the afternoon at Sweeney Field, finishing with four goals and one assist for five points. Matt Sarcona tallied two goals and one assist while Bryan Garrahan notched two goals. Ray Vandegrift logged one goal and two assists while Mike Doughtery and Rob Watts had one goal apiece.On the day, 11 different Saint Joseph's players scored at least one point.

Three keepers saw time in net for the Keydets. Junior Evan Windisch got the start for a third-straight game and played for the entire first half. Freshmen Michael Hutwelker and Frank DiGiacomo finished the game, with Hutwelker playing for nearly 22 minutes and DiGiacomo playing for just over eight minutes. Windisch and Hutwelker made two saves each while DiGiacomo was credited with one.

Saint Joseph's (1-1) split time between keepers, with T.J. Jones playing the first half and Dustin Keen getting the second. Keen led the game with seven saves while Jones finished with a trio.

The Keydets struggled at the faceoff x as Hawk Mike Lanham won seven of his 22 draws. Four different Keydets took draws, with Mitch Wilson going two of 11 and longstick midfielder Ty Trobridge winning one of his eight draws. Fellow pole Pat Hine won both of his attempts.

The Hawks controlled the groundball game as well, picking up 44 against VMI's 21. Lanham picked up 10 while Kevin Barrow was second with four. Twelve different players picked up groundballs for Saint Joseph's. VMI's grounder effort was led by Brad Nardella, Tom Brown and Eric Groleau, who collected three each. Hofmeister was the only other player for VMI will multiple groundballs, picking up two.

The Keydets were not afforded an extra-man opportunity during the game, but were called for four one-minute penalties. However, VMI allowed just one extra man goal, coming in the fourth quarter by Vandegrift.

Despite the outcome, VMI (0-3) got production through the midfield, which had scored just one goal on the year headed into Saturday's non-conference game. Five of the Keydets' six goals were logged by midfielders, with the remainder tallied by Hofmeister.

VMI's defensive efforts were led by Brown, who finished with four caused turnovers. Junior defenseman Tyler Prasnicki forced three turnovers, bringing his season total to 12 just three games in. Hutwelker, Groleau and Nick Dodd forced one each. Hawk defenseman Kevin Barrow finished with three caused turnovers.

The squads traded goals in the first quarter, with Saint Joseph's Sarcona and Blasco scoring the first and third goals of the day, split by Mattice's unassisted tally at the 6:21 mark. The Hawks got a two-goal lead early in the second quarter, but Kettle's marker pulled VMI have to within one. Back-to-back Hawk goals gave Saint Joseph's a 5-2 lead but Bull did damage control a minute later with his tally and sent the game into halftime with the Hawks up 5-3.

Saint Joseph's took control in the third quarter, reeling off five unanswered goals before Bull put his second goal home, making it a 10-4 game. But the Hawks bridged the third and fourth quarters with another four unanswered goals. The Keydets scored the final two goals of the game, once from Snowbarger and once from Hofmeister.

VMI returns to Lexington next weekend for a pair of games at Drill Field #2 on the Institute's North Post. The Keydets open the weekend on Saturday with former conference foe University of Detroit Mercy at noon, followed by a Sunday match up with the United States Air Force Academy, also at noon.

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