April 18, 2012

Collins-Hartwig's Sixer Lifts RIT, Sinks Union

from press release

- Senior midfielder Jordan Collins-Hartwig (Buffalo, NY/Clarence) scored all of his career-high six goals in the second half as the No. 8 RIT (10-2, 3-1 Liberty League) men's lacrosse team defeated No. 11 Union College (8-3, 3-1 Liberty League) 10-6 in a key Liberty League game from RIT Field on Wednesday. RIT scored nine of its 10 goals in the second half and pull into a three-way tie with Union and St. Lawrence for first place in the Liberty League standings.

Collins-Hartwig led RIT with his six goals. Alex Crepinsek (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas), A.J. Tingle (Cary, NC/Green Hope), Brendan MacDonald (Georgetown, Ontario/Trinity-Pawling) and Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) each had goals for the Tigers, and sophomore Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) dished out three assists.

Sophomore Anthony DeLeo (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) and the entire RIT defense were outstanding, holding Union to six goals. DeLeo picked up his ninth win of the season, making a career high 16 saves.

Nate Greenberg led Union with a pair of goals. Nolan Connors and Rob Santangelo each had a goal and an assist, while Jordan Andrews and Adam Rosenthal each scored a goal. Senior Sean Aaron took the loos in net for the Dutchmen alling 10 goals and making 12 saves.

Shots were even at 38 apiece. RIT held a slight advantage in ground balls 38-32. The Tigers were 18-of-19 on clearing attempts, while Union went 15-for-19. The Tigers were 2-for-5 on man-up, while Union went 1-for-3.

Each team was 10-of-20 on faceoffs. P.J. Hart (Camillus, NY/West Genesee) won 7-of-12 draws and had six groundballs for RIT, while Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) won 3-of-8 and had one ground ball. RIT caused 10 turnovers led by Elliott Cowburn (Oakville, ON/Holy Trinity) who had two.

After a scoreless first period, Union struck first with 12:25 to play in the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Santangelo.

Warren answered right back on RIT's next possession with a well placed bounce shot from 12 yards out that beat Aaron over his shoulder tying the score at 1-1.

Nate Greenberg scored off an assist from Ethan Meyer with 5:46 to play in the half to give the Dutchmen a 2-1 halftime lead. Greenberg slipped away from his defender in front of the RIT net and Meyer found him with a pass, scoring from point blank range.

Collins-Hartwig got it going early in the third quarter, scoring off an assist from Wisman just :44 into the half, tying the score at 2-2.

After a Nolan Connors goal made it 3-2 Union, the Tigers rattled off a two-goal mini run on a pair of goals from Collins-Hartwig, giving the Tigers their first lead of the game with 7:36 to play in the third quarter.

Jonathan Andrews answered back for the Dutchmen at the 5:46 mark, tying the score at 4-4 off an assist from Greenberg.

Crepinsek gave RIT the lead back with 4:11 to play in the third on his second goal of the season. DeLeo, who had the assist on the play, made the save in the RIT end and fed Crepinsek with a perfect outlet pass. He sprinted into the Union zone and fired a shot that beat Aaron giving RIT a 5-4 lead.

Union kept coming back, tying the score with 3:01 to play in the quarter on an unassisted goal by Adam Rosenthal.

Tingle ended the third quarter with an unassisted goal to give RIT a 6-5 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.

The fourth quarter saw the Tigers roll off four straight goals to open the quarter. Collins-Hartwig had three of RIT's four goals in that stretch, giving RIT a 10-5 lead, their largest lead of the game with 4:59 to play in the game.

Greenberg scored a man-up goal late in the contest to make it a 10-6 final.

The 10 goals scored by RIT was the most Union has allowed this season.

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