Griffins Hold off AIC for Victory in First Home Contest

Lafayette Hill, PA (3/11/2010) Following a ceremonial face-off with College President, Sister Carol Jean Vale, the Chestnut Hill College men's lacrosse team proudly claimed an 8-7 win over American International College in their first contest on Victory Field #1.

Trailing 4-3 at halftime, the Griffins opened the third quarter with a 4-0 run, before freshman attack Shane Morlock (Whitby, Ontario) netted the eventual game-winner seven minutes into the fourth quarter.

American International College (1-2) closed the first half with three consecutive goals to steal a 4-3 halftime advantage over Chestnut Hill (2-1). Determined to make good in their first home contest, the Griffins seized the momentum with a four-goal run to open the second half. Freshman midfielder Dan Bohon (Lincoln University, Pa.) knotted the contest 4-4 nine minutes into the second half.

Scores from freshman attack Nate Tharp (Laurel, Md.), freshman midfielder Junji Wiener (Houston, Texas), and freshman attack Mark Lively (Anmore, B.C.) landed the Griffins a 7-4 lead late in the third quarter (12:28). The Yellow Jackets narrowed the gap to 7-5 before the end of the period on a goal from freshman attack Brett Serriello (Centerville, Mass.), but Morlock's tally in the fourth quarter proved the difference as freshman goalie Dakota Maurer (Lititz, Pa.), and the Griffins defense managed to hold off the Yellow Jackets in the final minutes.

Serriello led the Yellow Jackets offensively with three goals. Junior attack Travis Ortensi (South Hadley, Mass.) added two scores and graduate attack Alex Walter (Deerfield, Ill.) provided two assists. Graduate midfielder Rich Reichert (Nesconset, N.Y.) was 5 for 12 on face-offs.

Defensively, the Yellow Jackets were led by sophomore goalie Eric Whettell (La Salle, Man.) and graduate midfielder Mike Szawlowski (Leeds, Mass.). Whettell took the loss (1-2) but made 13 saves and collected five ground balls, while Szawlowski caused three turnovers and collected three ground balls.


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