March 22, 2014

Crough, Dowling Deal NYIT Crushing Defeat

from press release

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. - The Dowling College men's lacrosse team posted its second consecutive win of the week with a 10-7 victory over the New York Institute of Technology this afternoon at Golden Lions Field. The Golden Lions improve to 5-1 on the season, 2-0 in ECC play. The Bears fall to 5-3 overall, 2-1 ECC. Senior attack Matt Crough tallied his third hat trick of the season with senior Billy Richardson and sophomore Brian White recording two goals apiece.

NYIT took a 1-0 lead at the 4:25 mark with a goal from Ed Torriero assisted by Shawn Murphy. Dowling quickly evened the score when an NYIT turnover turned into a scoring opportunity for senior Kevin McElhone. Just about a minute later, Jacob Harding found Crough who put the Golden Lions ahead 2-1 heading into the second quarter.

The Bears evened the game at two goals apiece when Ryan Brunet finished a feed from Nick Olson 5:38 into the second frame. NYIT went ahead 3-2 at the 7:45 mark with Murphy's second goal of the day assisted by Brunet during a man up opportunity. With just over two minutes left in the half, Dowling goalkeeper Frank Sommers caused an NYIT turnover and following a DC turnover, Crough found the back of the net sending the teams into the break all tied up at 3.

Just one minute into the third quarter, NYIT's Will Kistinger recorded the Bears' lone goals of the frame. The Golden Lions wrapped up the quarter with goals from White, Richardson and Tom Cleary to head into the fourth ahead 6-4.

The Golden Lions opened the fourth quarter on Crough's third goal of the day and an unassisted score from White with 9:56 left to play in regulation, 8-4. The Bears closed the gap with back to back goals from Luke Miller and Cory Triola bringing the score to 8-6 with just under two minutes to play. Richardson and Chris Stemke answered with unassisted goals of their own putting the Golden Lions ahead 10-6 with 48 seconds on the clock. NYIT put up the game's final goal but it was not enough as the Golden Lions remain unbeaten in the 2014 season on their home turf with the 10-7 win.

The Dowling offense generated 41 shots on the afternoon with 21 on cage as nine different Golden Lions worked their way onto the score sheet. Six Golden Lions found the back of the cage in the victory.

Sophomore Michael Fitzpatrick was 13 for 21 at the face off X and scooped a game high nine groundballs. Long stick midfielder Sheldon Burns caused four turnovers and recorded three groundballs.

Sommers recorded his fourth win on the season making eight saves between the pipes.

The Golden Lions return to action Saturday, March 29th as they host Mercyhurst University at 1:00 PM.

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