Dolphins Topple Blue Knights

Yonkers, N.Y. The College of Mount Saint Vincent Men's Lacrosse team ended a two-game losing skid on Monday night with an impressive 18-8 win over Mount Saint Mary. Six different Dolphins scored at least two goals in the game, with Cavan Valance (Glen Cove, N.Y.) and Mike Visintin (Yonkers, N.Y.) finding the back of the cage three times apiece.

After Mount Saint Mary stormed out to a 2-0 lead on its first two shots, the Dolphins took command of the rest of the opening period with seven straight goals. The Mount opened an 8-3 lead after the first 15 minutes, before the Blue Knights made another run in the second quarter.

The Blue Knights would outscore the Dolphins 4-2 in the second period, and closed to within 8-7, but would not be able to get the score tied. Mount Saint Vincent answered with two markers to close the frame and carried a 10-7 lead into halftime.

In the second half the Dolphins turned up the defense to only allow one Mount Saint Mary goal. Mount Saint Vincent outscored the visitors 3-0 in the third period and then 5-1 in the fourth to secure the win.

The balanced scoring attack saw the Dolphins assist on half of their goals, with Ahmed Ajao (Brooklyn, N.Y.) pacing the Mount with three assists. He and Cavan Valance each totaled five points on the day, with Ajao scoring twice and Valance netting his three and helping on two others.

Russ Holland (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Dan Cohen (Ardsley, N.Y.) and Derek Valance (Glen Cove, N.Y.) each finished with two goals in the winning effort, with Rowan Frederick (Brooklyn, N.Y.) chipping in with a goal and two assists.

Senior captain Mike Nuzzi (Westbury, N.Y.) was again steady in the cage for the Dolphins after making 16 saves. He also picked up a pair of groundballs. Ken Valentine (Centereach, N.Y.) was again the team leader in the groundball category with 10 on the night.

Mount Saint Mary, who joins the Skyline Conference in men's lacrosse for the 2011 season, was led by Andrew Pullen who scored four times. Joe Costello added three goals for the Blue Knights.

Overall on the night, Mount Saint Vincent held the advantage in shots 59-29 and in groundballs 43-36. Mount Saint Mary would win 17 of the 30 face-offs in the game, while turnovers were 31-19 against the visitors.

The win evens out Mount Saint Vincent's overall record at 6-6 on the season. The Dolphins will return to league play on Thursday night when they travel to Bard. Face-off with the Raptors is set for 7:00 p.m.


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