April 4, 2012

No. 4 RIT Survives Upset Bid from Nazareth

from press release

- Sophomore Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin) scored with 3:16 to play in overtime giving the No. 4 RIT (7-1) men's lacrosse team a 12-11 win over arch rival Nazareth College in non-conference action from Golden Flyer Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Kryzston scored off an assist from Ryan Speciale (Painted Post, NY/Corning West) who swept in from the right, found Kryzston wide open on the crease and fed him a pass. Kryzston deeked Nazareth goalie Tim Doyle and buried the shot to give the Tigers the win.

RIT battled back from a four-goal fourth quarter deficit to earn the win. Chris Aycock tallied an unassisted goal with 9:32 to play in the fourth quarter to give the Golden Flyers a 10-6 lead.

The Tigers rallied back, scoring four straight goals on consecutive possessions, tying the score at 10-10 on a goal by Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf). He scored on a nice feed from A.J. Tingle (Cary, NC/Green Hope) with 5:49 to play capping off the run.

After a Nazareth goal by Brian Wright with 3:14 to play gave the Golden Flyers a one-goal lead, sophomore Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) took a feed from Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) and tied the score at 11-11 on his third goal of the game.

RIT got the ball back in the waning moments of regulation. PJ Hart, who won 16-of-18 face-offs, won the ball forward, and RIT was able to get the ball into their zone.

After a timeout, Jordan Collins-Hartwig (Buffalo, NY/Clarence) swept in and fired a shot that just missed the cage. Nazareth got the ball back, cleared it with eight seconds to play, but were unable to get a shot off as the buzzer sounded, sending the game into overtime where RIT won it.

Wisman had a career day for RIT, tallying a career high four points on a career high three goals and added a helper.

Collins-Hartwig added two goals, while Tingle dished out a pair of assists.

Nazareth held a 32-29 shot advantage, but RIT had 34 ground balls to 27 for the Golden Flyers. The Tigers dominated at the face-off "X", winning 20-of-26 draws.

Sophomore Anthony DeLeo (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) picked up his sixth win of the season allowing 11 goals and making 10 saves.

RIT has now won five straight versus Nazareth and have not lost to the Golden Flyers in Golden Flyers Stadium since 2007.

Up next for RIT, a Liberty League contest versus Rensselaer on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. in Troy, New York. The Tigers rallied to an overtime win last year versus the Engineers on RIT FIeld.

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