St. John Fisher Holds off Lycoming in Non-League Tilt

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Senior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) scored four goals and added an assist to lead Lycoming, but St. John Fisher used two man-up goals to distance itself from the charging Warriors in the third quarter and hold on for a 14-9 non-conference win at Growney Stadium on a steamy Wednesday, March 21.

The Cardinals (2-2 overall) got out to a quick start with a pair of goals in the first three minutes before senior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) used an isolation attempt to dent the twine for the Warriors (2-5 overall). However, Fisher responded with four goals before junior Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) found sophomore Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) on a quick one-timer from the right side, sending the game into the second quarter with Fisher holding a 6-2 lead.

Senior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) helped bring Lycoming back into the game in the second quarter thanks to a pair of goals, with the first coming into the lower left corner. He added another on a power play, going to the right corner with 10:30 left in the quarter. A Fisher goal broke up the run, but Payne found Romano from a goal from the left side to cut the lead back to a pair at 7-5, where it stayed until the break.

Payne got Lycoming within a goal early in the second half with his fourth strike of the day, on a dish from Walker but a Lycoming turnover led to the third goal of the day from Mitch Ritchie, giving the Cardinals an 8-6 lead. Freshman Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post West) brought Lycoming back within a goal on a dish from Walker.

Fisher responded quickly with a pair of man-up goals to make it 10-7. After another Fisher goal, Farrell stopped the three-goal run by denting the twine on a pass from Payne, helping the game go into the final quarter with the Cardinals holding an 11-8 lead.

Payne got Lycoming back on the board in the fourth quarter with his fourth goal of the game, coming on a dish from junior Tom Lurie (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air). The Cardinals got the goal back on a wraparound effort from Bryan Dyer and Michael Boisvert added a goal another strike with 4:35 left, giving them a 13-9 lead. Another tally by Mike Byrnes made it a five-goal game.

Farrell notched two goals and Walker posted a goal and two assists for the Warriors. Romano added a goal, an assist and six groundballs while senior Vic Marchetti (Cortland, N.Y./Homer) added an assist and three groundballs.

Ritchie led the Cardinals with three goals, three assists and six groundballs and Byrnes and Dyer each added two goals and an assist.

In net, sophomore Andrew Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) posted seven saves for the Warriors and Fisher keeper Jamie Campagna stopped eight shots.

The Warriors are set to get back in action on Saturday, March 31, when they host Elmira at 4:00 p.m.

2012-03-21



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