March 26, 2011

Still Kicking: NYIT Fends of Molloy, 8-7

from press release

– Down 8-5 with over a minute to go in regulation, the Molloy College men's lacrosse squad scored a pair of goals just 32 seconds apart to cut the hole to one, but that was as close as the Lions got in an 8-7 loss against the No. 11 Bears of New York Institute of Technology in an East Coast Conference clash on Saturday afternoon at the Dean G. Skelos Sports Complex in Rockville Centre, N.Y. The defeat drops Molloy to an overall mark of 2-6 and a league ledger of 0-3. As for NYIT, it is now 4-2 and 2-1 versus ECC opposition.

Senior midfielder Steven Genovese (Wantagh, N.Y.) opened up the rally for the Lions at the 1:15 mark. After a shot by senior midfielder Jimmy Davis (Levittown, N.Y.) was saved by Bears' junior netminder William McGee (Rocky Point, N.Y.), Genovese won the ground ball, and had the put-back, making it an 8-6 game. Less than a minute later, sophomore midfielder Kevin Catalano (Levittown, N.Y.) notched his third goal of the contest off a restart. Senior midfielder Brandon Peyer (Williston Park, N.Y.) was credited with the assist.

NYIT junior midfielder Jeff Hunter (Shoreham, N.Y.) had the key faceoff win that followed, and gave the ball away with 35 seconds left. After Molloy headed into the offensive zone and called timeout, Davis attempted a game-tying shot from the point at the 11-second mark, and had it blocked as the Bears ran out the remaining time to secure the win. Catalano registered three goals to pace the Lions. Davis claimed four ground balls. Junior defenseman Pat Foley (Hicksville, N.Y.) added four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

NYIT began the game on a 3-0 run, and held the three-goal clip at the end of one quarter. Junior midfielder Joe Herman (Seaford, N.Y.) had the contest's first tally, and added a helper in the spurt. Graduate attackman Chris Lubin (Syosset, N.Y.) closed out the scoring in the stanza with one of three extra-man tallies on the day. It was all Molloy in the second quarter though as it posted two unanswered goals to trim the deficit to one (3-2) at the break. Peyer and sophomore attackman Kenny Lutz (Farmingdale, N.Y.) accounted for the goals.

In the third quarter, senior attackman Ryan Amengual (West Babylon, N.Y.) took over for the Bears, dishing an assist on a Lubin tally, and earning an unassisted goal to give the visitors back its three-score cushion. But, the hosts struck before the end of the quarter with a Catalano goal to make it a two-goal game. The Levittown native came back again 1:57 into the fourth on an unassisted effort, turning it into a 6-5 contest. Molloy had a pair of two-man advantages in the latter half as well, but were unable to convert with the man-up, where it was 0-of-7.

It was a body check penalty by senior midfielder Chris Oswald (Franklin Square, N.Y.) though that doomed the Lions. He headed to the sin bin for a non-releasable two-minute stint, which NYIT twice converted on. Lubin had his third marker of the contest in that span, while junior midfielder Jason Smith (Setauket, N.Y.) put home the other goal of the streak a minute later.

Overall, Molloy held a 30-29 edge in shots, while NYIT sported a 39-31 margin in ground balls. The Bears were also 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) on faceoffs, and 18-of-21 (85.7 percent) on clears. As for the Lions, they registered only a 29.4 success rate (5-of-17) in the faceoff circle, and were 17-of-24 (70.8 percent) when clearing the defensive zone.

Head Coach Eric Petrullo and his squad are back in action on Saturday (Apr. 2) when Molloy opens a three-game road trip in Orangeburg, N.Y. at ECC nemesis Dominican College. The opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.

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