April 23, 2011

No. 8 NYIT Holds Off Seton Hill

from press release

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. - No. 8 NYIT lacrosse sent its seniors off in style with a 9-8 edging of Seton Hill in East Coast Conference play on Saturday. Prior to the game, families and friends of the 11 senior Bears gather for a short ceremony to recognize the achievements of these student-athletes.

The Bears, who improved to 8-3 on the season and 6-2 in East Coast Conference play, were led by senior Mike Palmer's (Westbury, N.Y.) hat trick. Graduate student Chris Lubin (Syosset, N.Y.) and senior Ryan Amengual (West Babylon, N.Y.) added two goals each, while junior Joe Herman (Seaford, N.Y.) and freshman Cory Triola (Levittown, N.Y.) chipped in with one a piece.

The win in the cage went to junior Billy McGee (Rocky Point, N.Y.). He collected 20 saves on 30 shots faced. With the victory, McGee improved to 7-3 on the year.

The Bears took a 1-0 lead with 12:12 to play on a goal from Palmer but the Griffins quickly responded with an man-up goal from Alex Hill. That was the only time the game was knotted as NYIT went on to score three in a row to claim a 4-1 advantage. Triola, Amengual and Palmer all scored in the spurt. Yet, Seton Hill had the final say of the game with a shot from Jimmy Cogley. NYIT led 4-2.

Both the second and third quarters were relatively quiet as NYIT continued to hold the upperhand with a 4-2 run. However, the Griffins were revived in the fourth quarter and had multiple opportunities to send the game into overtime. With 2:32 remaining Kevin Cala brought Seton Hill within one goal, 9-8. NYIT earned possession off the faceoff but a turnover after a called time out gave Seton Hill control with 1:44 to play. Kevin Welty and Matt Delmonico peppered NYIT's net but chief of homeland security McGee held strong and made impressive point blank saves. However, the Griffins would lose possession on a turnover by Welty with 32 seconds to play and NYIT would hold on for the win.

For the Griffins, Delmonico, Kevin Cala and James Delaney each scored twice, while Jimmy Cogley and Alex Hill had a goal a piece.

NYIT returns to action on Tuesday, Apr. 26 on the road at St. Anselm. Faceoff is slated for 4 p.m. in Manchester, N.H.

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