March 15, 2014

Melnychenko, Chestnut Hill Sting No. 12 Molloy

from press release

LAFAYETTE HILL, Pa. - George Markey (Branchburg, N.J.) ignited Chestnut Hill College's fourth quarter comeback that forced #12 Molloy College to scramble for overtime. But that is where senior attack Michael Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario) would end the East Coast Conference (ECC) affair with a worm-burner to the back of the Lions cage, 11-10. He finished the contest with four goals and a caused turnover while Markey added an assist to his two scores.

Chestnut Hill College (2-3, 1-1) led Molloy College (3-2, 0-2) early with two first-quarter goals from senior midfielder Zachary Donnelly (Newtown Square, Pa.) giving the home team a 2-1 edge. Junior attack Joe Leonard (Hicksville, N.Y.) led the Lion response that brought the visitors to a 5-3 halftime lead and a 7-5 third-quarter advantage before Markey evened the score with 12:26 remaining in regulation, 7-7. Two minutes later, Melnychenko gave the Griffins their first lead since the first quarter, 8-7 (10:23), but that was only the beginning of the drama as the contest knotted three more times and nearly endured nearly a full overtime before Melnychenko snuck a low shot past the Lion goalkeeper with 24 seconds to go in the extra frame, 11-10.

Leonard recorded three goals for the Lions, as did fellow junior attack Tom Engelhardt (Bethpage, N.Y.), but it was sophomore midfielder Peter Clark (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) who led the visitor effort with four goals. Sophomore defenseman James Lang (Hicksville, N.Y.) headlined the Lion backline with three ground balls and four caused turnovers to support senior goalkeeper John Grebe (Farmingville, N.Y.), who made six saves and recovered two ground balls in the loss (3-2).

Markey, Melnychenko, and junior midfielder Christopher Mertens (Freeport, N.Y.) all scored off the feed of freshman attack Alec Dambach (Howell, N.J.) in the Griffins fourth quarter push. He also caused two turnovers and recovered three ground balls. Sophomore attack Tanner Fisher (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) and freshman midfielder Justin Albarran (Freehold, N.J.) accounted for the other two Griffin goals while freshman midfielder Joseph Pozniak (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) kept the ball in their possession with 17 (17-of-25, .680) face-off victories. Senior goalkeeper Joseph Donnelly (Newtown Square, Pa.) made ten saves in the win (2-3).

The men's lacrosse team continues their ECC schedule on Sunday, March 23, with a 1:00 p.m. match at Mercy College.

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