Seton Hill Runs Streak to Three with Win over Pfeiffer

The Griffin men's lacrosse team made it three straight victories as they blew by Pfeiffer 17-12 on Saturday afternoon at Offutt Field. After going into the second quarter tied up at two, the Griffin's dominated the second as they scored nine out of the twelve goals to take an 11-5 lead into intermission. Then SHU scored five out of the total six goals in the third quarter to take a 16-6 lead. From there, the Griffins put it in cruise control and coasted to a 17-12 victory. With the win, Seton Hill improves to 5-3 overall, (2-3 in ECC play).

In the first quarter, Justin Menefee got the Griffins going with a goal at the 11:57 mark. After a quick response by Pfeiffer, Josh Holland took back the lead for SHU as hey scored at the 4:27 mark. Pfeiffer scored late in the quarter to tie it up at two going into the second. The second quarter was all Griffins as they found the net on nine occassions.

The first four of which came within the first five minutes of the quarter. Justin Menefee scored twice while Joel Zalesky and Josh Holland each tallied. Pfeiffer then scored to cut the Griffin lead to 6-3. However, SHU went back on another 4-0 run as Zalesky, Holland, Johnny Groat, and Greg Chaples all got into the action. Pfeiffer scored two late ones to cut it to 10-5. Holland, however, made a beautiful coast-to-coast move with ten seconds left to give Seton Hill an 11-5 halftime lead.

The third quarter was also dominated by SHU as they scored five of the six goals. Zalesky was a one man wrecking crew as he found the net three times with Holland registering the other two goals. The Griffins were in complete control going into the fourth quarter with a 16-6 lead.

In the fourth, Pfeiffer went on a run as they scored the quarter's first five goals to cut it to 16-11 with 4:51 remaining. However, the Griffin's Greg Chaples stopped Pfeiffer's momentum with a goal a little over thirty seconds later. Pfeiffer found the net one more time but it was much too little too late as SHU won their third in a row 17-12.

Statistically, Josh Holland led the way with his six goals and one assist. Joel Zalesky was not far behind with 5 scores in the win. Congratulations go out to Joel as he passed up the century mark for career goals when he scored his third one today. Justin Menefee was also good as he scored three goals and added one assist. Corey Struss earned the win in net for SHU as he made 15 saves in fourty five minutes of play.

The Griffins return to action next Saturday when they travel to Molloy College for a 1:00 PM start.

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GREENBURG, P.A. - Pfeiffer University gave up nine second period goals in a 17-12 loss at Seton Hill on Saturday afternoon in men's lacrosse action. The Griffons improve to 5-3 behind Josh Holland's six goals. Pfeiffer, led by Chad Olsen's four strikes, evens to 7-7.

Tied 2-2 after the first quarter of play on back and forth goals by Justin Rose and Olsen, Seton Hill reeled off the first eight of nine goals in the second period to create the final separation. Breaking up multiple goals by Justin Menefee and Holland was Rose hitting at 10:10 of the second period. Olsen, along with Dan Mesler, struck just before the half in an 11-5 Seton Hill lead.

After Joel Zalesky and Holland hit on four-straight to start the third, Olsen hit again before two more Zalesky goals trailing 17-6 through three. The Falcons did mount a comeback in the fourth with five-straight to begin the frame thanks to a pair of goals by Nick Berkompas. Kory Lutes, Olsen and Mesler each hit as well in the five minute span, but the Falcons eventually ran out of time.

Seton Hill made a total of 18 saves in net, the highest by any Pfeiffer opponent this season. Corey Struss stopped 15 shots in the first three period while Chris Ilse turned aside three in the fourth.

Pfeiffer will wrap up their northern road swing tomorrow with a noon matchup at Lake Erie.


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