April 12, 2014

Huge Rally Lands Saint Joseph's Win Over Delaware

from Press Release

NEWARK, Del. – The Hawks scored four goals in the final 5:05 as the Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse team battled past Delaware, 12-9, on Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium. With the victory, Saint Joseph's (9-3) picks up its first win against Delaware in program history.

Leading 8-5 midway through the third period, the Hawks fell victim to a 4-0 Delaware run that put the Blue Hens ahead, 9-8, with 6:41 remaining in regulation.

Delaware (6-7) would win the next face-off possession, but Saint Joseph's junior defenseman Will Farrell caused a Blue Hen turnover that would result in a successful clear attempt for the Crimson and Gray. On that possession, freshman attackman Michael Rastivo netted his 15th goal of the season to equalize the score, 9-9, with 5:05 to play.

The Blue Hens again won the following possession at the X, but once again SJU's defense would take the ball back as this time SJU sophomore defenseman John Winchell caused a Blue Hen turnover and rookie attackman Ray Vandegrift scored his eighth goal of the season on the ensuing possession to regain the lead, 10-9.

Delaware was hit with a one-minute penalty for slashing with exactly 1:00 remaining in regulation, and the Hawks took advantage of the man-up opportunity as redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee dished out his third assist of the day, this time to sophomore attackman Pat Swanick as the Hawks took a two-goal lead into the final 54 seconds.

The Blue Hens gained possession of the next face-off opportunity, but freshman midfielder Anthony Joaquim caused the turnover and scored SJU's final goal of the game just eight seconds out of a Hawk timeout to clinch the 12-9 win for the Crimson and Gray.

The Hawks jumped ahead to a 5-2 lead after the first period, led by a pair of goals from Joaquim. Both teams added two goals in the second period to take a 7-4 score into the third period before Delaware went on a 3-1 run in the third to pull to within one goal, 8-7, heading into the final 15:00.

For the game, Delaware owned a 37-28 advantage in shots, outshooting the Hawks 14-4 in the third period alone, and held a 33-23 edge in ground balls. The Blue Hens were also 17-of-24 from the face-off, but Joaquim (3), Farrell (3), and Winchell (2) combined for eight turnovers on the day to gain multiple possession opportunities for the Crimson and Gray.

Joaqium was phenomenal on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. The rookie recorded his first collegiate hat trick in scoring three goals on three shots to lead seven Hawks in scoring; the freshman also boasted three ground balls and three caused turnovers. McGee was good for three assists on the day. Junior midfielder Mike Dougherty, Rastivo, and Swanick registered two goals apiece while senior midfielder Johnny Simanski (1G, 1A) and Vandegrift (1G, 1A) also added multi-point performances.

Freshman goalkeeper T.J. Jones (3-1) made 12 saves in his second consecutive full-game effort.

Saint Joseph's returns home to host Sacred Heart in Northeast Conference action this Saturday, April 19. Opening face-off at Sweeney Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Prior to the start of the game, the Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse program will honor its four seniors - Will Abbott, Billy Annesley, Jack Moran, and Johnny Simanski - in a pregame ceremony scheduled to begin at 12:50 p.m.

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