No. 12 St. John Fisher Handles Hartwick, Goes 8-1

The nationally-ranked St. John Fisher College men's lacrosse team cruised to a 13-4 win over visiting Hartwick College on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Fisher, ranked 12th in the national coaches poll, improves to 8-1 overall and 1-1 in the Empire 8 Conference, while Hartwick falls to 5-4, 0-2.

Fisher jumped out to a 13-1 lead over the first two and a half quarters. The Cardinals out-shot Hartwick 33-20 and finished with a 41-23 advantage in ground balls. Senior Erich Rassow dominated the X yet again, and was 14 of 16 on faceoffs, while finishing with nine ground balls.

Fisher struck first at the 11:19 mark of the first period with Paul Leonhard setting up David Haseley for his second goal on the season. Less than two minutes later, All-American Kyle Denhoff and Eric Klein both struck for goals and it was 3-0 Fisher.

The Cardinals led 4-0 at the end of the first quarter, with a buzzer-beating goal from nearly 30-yards out by Mike Cummins.

The second period started much like the first with a Fisher goal from Denhoff to make it 5-0. About a minute later, it was Ryan Schmidt hitting the back of the net, making it 6-0. Fisher did not let off the accelerator and added three goals in under 50 seconds (two by Connor Henderson and one from Mitch Ritchie) to make it a 9-0 lead.

At the 7:07 mark, Hartwick got on the board with a goal from Dave Aitchison. Fisher then closed out the half with a pair of goals under the two minute mark from Ritchie and Mike Byrnes to make the score 11-1 at the half.

Fisher scored its final two goals of the game in the opening 61 seconds of the second half. Freshman Jeff Wester scored his first goal of the game at 14:14, and 15 seconds later, Haseley scored his second goal of the contest.

Fisher spread the wealth around as 12 players tallied at least one point. Ritchie and Henderson both totaled three points on two goals and one assist. Denhoff and Haseley both finished with two points on two goals, while Cummins (one goal, one assist) finished with two points as well.

Matt McShea stopped six shots to earn the win in goal. Andrew Knoblauch and Paul Leonhard both caused two turnovers.

Fisher will return to action at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Scranton University.

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PITTSFORD, NY Nationally 12th ranked St. John Fisher defeated Hartwick's men's lacrosse team 13-4 on Saturday. The loss drops the Hawks to 5-4 overall and 0-2 in the Empire 8. It marked the second straight game for the Hawks against a nationally ranked opponent.

The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter with all three goals coming in a 1:44 span. The hosts tacked on their fourth tally as time expired in the quarter for a 4-0 edge.

Fisher netted five straight goals in the second quarter for a 9-0 advantage. The Cardinals scored three times in 49 seconds in the spurt.

Senior Dave Aitchison (Farmingdale, NY/Farmingdale) got Hartwick on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal with 7:07 left in the half. Fisher, however, added to their lead with two scores in the final 1:05 of the half for an 11-1 edge.

SJFC scored two more in the third quarter before Aitchison set up freshman Phil Schaefer (Holbrook, NY/Sachem North) with under four minutes left in the period. Harry Hughes (Holtsville, NY/Sachem East) and Jake Cooper (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville Manlius) contributed four-period tallies for 'Wick but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals got the win.

Carl Lengel (Lynbrook, NY/Lynbrook) and Nick Triano (N. Andover, MA/St. Johns Prep) split time in the Hartwick cage. Lengel played the first half making seven stops. Triano stopped two shots in the second session.

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