Chestnut Hill Drops ECC Match to No. 7 NYIT

Lafayette Hill, PA (4/7/2012) The first quarter turned out to be the difference in this evening's East Coast Conference (ECC) contest as #7 the New York Institute of Technology defeated Chestnut Hill College 10-6 in this evening's encounter.

The Bears owned a 5-1 lead after the first quarter largely thanks to freshman midfielder Brandon Gamblin (Lake Grove, NY); leaving the Griffins attempt a rally behind the effort s of sophomore attack Mike Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario) and junior attack Craig Owen (Glenolden, PA).

Gamblin got New York Institute of Technology (9-2, 4-1) on the scoreboard in the opening minute (14:19), 1-0, and within the next six minutes the Bears grew their fourth quarter lead to 4-0. Chestnut Hill College (6-4, 3-3) was able to end the run at 4:13 with junior midfielder D.J. Klusaritz (Slatington, PA) completing a pass from sophomore attack Kevin Sonderschafer (Warrington, PA) for a man-up goal, 4-1.

Gamblin would score his third goal of the fame with 2:30 to play to make it 5-1, Bears. Each side score once in the second quarter to make it 6-2 heading to halftime. After intermission, the Bears extended the deficit by a goal in the third quarter, 8-3. T

he margin reached 9-3 before two Griffin goals cut the spread to four; Klusaritz scoring the first, his second on the contest coming off the feed from Owen, 9-4, and junior midfielder Junji Wiener (Houston, TX) recording the second with an unassisted effort, 9-5. Unfortunately, the Griffin pursuit was cut shot as both sides would net one more before the final horn.

Gamblin totaled six points, leading the Bears with four goals and two assists. He also recorded three ground balls. Three other Bears finished the contest with two points, while freshman defenseman Ed Torriero (Rocky Point, NY) and senior goalkeeper Billy McGee (Rocky Point, NY) anchored the defensive end. Torriero hustled to five ground balls and caused two turnovers, while McGee made 17 saves and grabbed a ground ball in the win (9-2).

Owen collected two ground balls in addition to his two goals and an assist. Melnychenko scored and assisted, while also recording three ground balls and a caused turnover. Sophomore defenseman Mike Miskell (Auburn, NY) led the unit with two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, PA) took the loss (6-4) and finished the contest with eight saves and a ground ball.

The men's lacrosse team continues ECC play at #4 Dowling College with a 12:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, April 14.


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