February 27, 2012

St. Anselm Beats No. 6 NYIT with Seven Ticks Left

from press release

- Midfielder Tyler Steinetz (Sparta, N.J.) scored the go-ahead goal with only seven seconds left as the Saint Anselm College men's lacrosse team posted a 6-5 victory over No. 6 New York Institute of Technology Monday afternoon at President's Stadium. The Hawks collect their first victory of the season, evening their record at 1-1 on the young season. The Bears drop their first contest of the season, falling to 2-1 overall.

With only seven seconds remaining on the clock, Steinetz potted his second goal of the season off of a Geoff Kennedy (Gloucester, Mass.) feed to grant the Hawks a victory in the waning seconds of the contest. The Bears, the No. 6 ranked team nationally according to the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association/NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse polls, are the first nationally-ranked opponent defeated during the tenure of Hawks Head Coach Steve Gaudreau.

With just over three minutes expired in the first quarter, the Bears found goals from Brandon Gamblin and Jason Smith to jump ahead to a 2-0 margin. An unassisted strike by sophomore attack Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) halved the NYIT advantage, but Cory Triola added a goal to conclude the quarter with Saint Anselm trailing by two goals.

Sophomore midfielder Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) notched his first goal of the season off a Messner feed with 11:18 remaining in the second, cutting into the Hawks deficit. Messner struck for his second of the contest at 2:03 of the second quarter, tying the score at three before a Ryan Brunet goal with 10 seconds remaining in the half granted the Bears a 4-3 lead entering halftime.

In the second half of the game, Saint Anselm outscored their opponent by a 3-to-1 margin, as senior midfielder Michael DeVita fired home his first goal of the season to tie the score at four apiece with 11:42 remaining in the period. Kennedy scored his first collegiate goal with 9:08 left in the third quarter to temporarily place the Hawks ahead by a 5-4 margin. Gamblin tallied his second goal of the game with an unassisted goal with 5:35 remaining in the game, tying the game once again and setting up Steinetz for his game-winning goal.

Hawks goaltender Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas) earned his first victory of the season, allowing only five goals on 15 shots on net. Bears goaltender Billy McGee was saddled with the loss, dropping to 2-1-0 on the season after allowing six goals on 20 shots.

NOTABLES: Saint Anselm has never defeated the New York Institute of Technology in program history...Forward Andrew Messner is in the midst of a nine-game point streak, scoring 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points (12-11=23) during that span...Goaltender Jonathon O'Reilly secured his first collegiate victory by turning aside 10-of-15 shots on goal in this afternoon's victory.

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