#12 Griffins Fly by Greyhounds in Home Opener

Lafayette Hill, PA (3/6/2012) Chestnut Hill opened its 2012 home schedule this afternoon with a non-conference contest against Assumption, winning 18-4, with a 6-0 first quarter to control the Greyhounds for the duration. Sophomore attack Mike Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario) was one of six Griffins to record multiple-point performances, netting three goals and providing two assists.

Junior midfielder Nick Johnson (Germantown, MD) netted his first collegiate goal with 10:45 remaining in the first quarter to break the ice for Chestnut Hill College (2-1), 1-0. Only 22 seconds later (10:23), junior defenseman Tom Carfagna (Laurys Station, PA) located senior attack Kevin Festa (Auburn, NY) for to make it 2-0 Griffins.

Johnson struck again at 5:03, 3-0, and by the end of the period the spread reached 6-0 with three more unanswered Griffin goals. Assumption College (0-1) finally got on the scoreboard at the start of the second quarter with freshman attack Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, NY) finishing a pass from freshman attack John Powers (Marshfield, MA), 6-1, but it was only a momentary lapse for the Griffins who extended their advantage to 9-1 by halftime.

Play slowed in the second half, but the Griffins offense did not; scoring nine more goals to the Greyhounds three, they grew the deficit to 18-4 by game's end.

Greyhound goals came from Smith, junior midfielder Casey Marren (Derby, CT), sophomore midfielder Ian Mack (Avon, CT), and senior midfielder John Mitchell (Southington, CT), while Powers provided their only assists. Senior midfielder Tim Roy (Avon, CT) led the Greyhounds in hustle with three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while sophomore goalkeeper Matt Palubicki (Scituate, MA) (0-1) recorded seven saves and four ground balls in three quarters of play.

Melnychenko caused two turnovers and recovered a ground ball in addition to his offensive production. He was matched in goals by junior attack Craig Owen (Glenolden, PA), who recorded an assist, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers in addition to his three-goal game. Johnson was one of four Griffins to total two goals; Festa, sophomore midfielder Mike Landau (Lancaster, PA), and junior midfielder D.J. Klusaritz (Slatington, PA) were the others.

Sophomore midfielder Sean Johnsen (Toms River, NJ) won 8 of 17 (47.1%) face-offs and he controlled four ground balls. Defensively, junior defenseman Joe Rucinsky (Camp Hill, PA) led the Griffins with four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while junior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, PA) earned the win (2-1) with ten saves and four ground balls.

The men's lacrosse team is back in action on Thursday, March 8, when they host Coker College in a 1:00 p.m. contest.

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Lafayette Hill, Pa. (March 6) -- In the 2012 season opener, Assumption College dropped an 18-4 final at No. 12 Chestnut Hill on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference play.

The Griffins jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one quarter before Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) found the back of the net for a 6-1 margin. Chestnut Hill led 9-1 at the half and by a 13-2 margin after three quarters before dropping the 18-4 road final.

Four Assumption players scored, while freshman John Powers (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) posted a pair of assists in the loss. Matt Palubicki (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) played the first three quarters and made seven saves in the loss, with Tommy Carmichael (Wayland, Mass./Wayland) making one save in the fourth quarter. Mike Melnychenkio and Craig Owen led the Chestnut Hill offense with a three-goal outing by each.

Assumption falls to 0-1 overall, while Chestnut Hill now sits at 2-1 on the season. The Hounds return to action on Thursday, March 8th as the team takes on Wheeling Jesuit at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Md.


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