Synowiez, Perrotto Lead Manhattan Past VMI

RIVERDALE, N.Y. - On a picture perfect Saturday afternoon, the Manhattan College men's lacrosse team put together what was easily its best performance of the season. The Jaspers (4-4, 2-1 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) scored the first three goals of the contest and never looked back, cruising to a 15-6 victory over VMI (2-8, 0-3 MAAC) at Gaelic Park. James Synowiez (Owego, N.Y.) and Sal Perrotto (Garnerville, N.Y.) both recorded six points in the game.

Manhattan led 3-0 midway through the first quarter and held a 4-1 edge after one. The Keydets got two goals early in the second quarter to pull within 4-3, but the Jaspers scored the next eight to break the game open. Perrotto got the rally started with a man-down goal at the 10:54 mark, and Kelly Mahon (Spring Lake, N.J.) followed with a man-up tally 32 seconds later. After a goal by Brett Miranda (Ossining, N.Y.) and a pair by Synowiez, the Jaspers led 9-3 at halftime.

The Jaspers continued pouring it on in the third quarter, as Perrotto connected with Salvatore Spatarella (Rocky Point, N.Y.) for a man-up tally 46 seconds into the second half. After goals by Justin Jensen (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Jason Davis (Rocky River, Ohio) ran Manhattan's lead to 12-3, VMI responded with three straight to get back within six at 12-6.

Synowiez notched his fourth goal of the contest midway through the fourth quarter, then the Jaspers wrapped up the scoring with a pair of late goals seven seconds apart. Mahon took a feed from Synowiez and scored the Jaspers' fifth man-up goal of the game with 2:17 remaining, then, after Manhattan won the faceoff, Mahon connected Sean Firth (Glen Rock, N.J.) at the 2:10 mark.

Synowiez finished with four goals and two assists, while Perrotto had two goals and four assists. Mahon also had a four point day, recording one assist to go along with a hat trick. Jensen registered a goal and an assist. The Jaspers really took advantage of their man-up opportunities, going 5 for 7 with the man advantage.

Manhattan also scored a man-down goal. The Jaspers held a 43-35 edge in ground balls, with Kyle Moeller (South Setauket, N.Y.) collecting a team-high six ground balls to go along with three caused turnovers. Kyle Ochwat (Farmingdale, N.Y.) added five ground balls. Jon Fiorillo (Painted Post, N.Y.) (4-2) allowed six goals and made 16 saves. He also tallied four ground balls.

Six different Keydets scored a goal, while Tim Moran also had two assists to complete a three- point afternoon. Brett Leonard and Jacob Weimer each recorded a goal and an assist for VMI. Stephen Robarge corralled a game-high eight ground balls for the Keydets. Sean McCoy (0-4) got

the start in net and took the loss. He made seven saves and surrendered 12 goals in 37:05 of action. Kelly McMinn recorded seven saves and gave up three goals in 22:55 between the pipes.

The Jaspers return to non-conference action on Tuesday night, when they make the short trip to No. 8 Hofstra (5-2) for a 7:00 p.m. showdown. The Pride will be the third Top 10 opponent Manhattan has faced this season. The game will also be broadcast on Verizon FiOS1 TV.

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BRONX, N.Y. Ten different Manhattan Jaspers notched points to lead their team to a 15-6 win over the visiting VMI Keydets Saturday, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) men's lacrosse played in Bronx, N.Y.

The Jaspers (4-4, 2-1 MAAC) were led by James Synowiez's six points, as the sophomore had four goals and two assists. Sal Perrotto also had six points, thanks to his two goals and four assists. VMI (2-8, 0-3 MAAC) was led by Tim Moran's three points, which came on a goal and two helpers.

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