March 31, 2012

No. 4 RIT Navigates Way Past Geneseo

from press release

- The No. 4 RIT (6-1) men's lacrosse team held off a late charge by host Geneseo, defeating the Knights 11-10 in non-conference action from Geneseo on Saturday.

Freshman Brendan MacDonald (Georgetown, Ontario/Trinity-Pawling) led the Tigers with four goals and two assists. Senior A.J. Tingle (Cary, NC/Green Hope), sophomore Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) and Jordan Collins-Hartwig (Buffalo, NY/Clarence) each added two goals and one assist each. Sophomore Anthony DeLeo (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) picked up his fifth win of the season, allowing 10 goals and making 12 saves.

Geneseo outshot RIT 53-34, and held a 31-27 edge in ground balls. The Tigers were 7-of-15 on clearing attempts and went 1-for-2 with the man advantage.

The Tigers were 15-of-25 on face-offs. Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) was 8-of-14 on draws, while PJ Hart went 7-of-11 on the afternoon.

Geneseo was led by Jeff Watson with three goals and one assist. Sophomore James Purpura added two goals and one helper.

In a closely contested first quarter, Geneseo took a 2-0 lead in the first 2:25 on goals by Purpura and Brendan Kurpis, but RIT scored three straight for a 3-2 lead. Tingle, Wisman and Collins-Hartwig scored in the run for the Tigers.

Steven Cregan tied the game at three for Geneseo with 2:31 left in the first on an unasisted goal.

RIT controlled the second quarter, scoring four straight goals to open up a 7-3 lead. MacDonald netted two of the Tigers four goals to give RIT a 7-3 lead at the intermission.

The teams netted two goals apiece in the third quarter and Tingle and MacDonald sandwiched a goal by Watson at the start of the fourth to give RIT an 11-6 lead with 12:43 to play.

Watson scored unassisted with 12:13 to go and fed junior Tim Hayden for a score with 9:34 to play to cut the lead to three.

Sophomore John Wettack netted a man-up goal with 6:39 to go to make it 11-10 RIT.

RIT will face arch rival Nazareth College on Wednesday, April 4 at 4 pm in Pittsford, NY

Geneseo controlled the ball for the final two minutes and had several scoring opportunities that went wide or high of the cage as the Tigers held on and avoided the Geneseo upset bid.

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