Griffins End Losing Streak, Tame Lions

Lafayette Hill, PA (4/24/2012) After dominating the opening quarter 4-0, Chestnut Hill went on to defeat ECC rival, Molloy, 13-4, this evening. The Griffins outshot the Lions 40-15 with junior attack Craig Owen (Glenolden, PA) leading the way with five goals on nine shots.

Molloy College (7-6, 2-5) answered the Chestnut Hill College (7-5, 4-4) opening quarter with two goals at the start of the second frame; the first from freshman attack Tom Engelhardt (Bethpage, NY) at 12:04, 4-1, and the second from freshman midfielder Anthony Marion (Seaford, NY) at 9:38, 4-2.

The Griffins got back on track soon after the second Lion tally with junior midfielder Mike Duddy (Toms River, NJ) scoring off the feed from sophomore midfielder Mike Landau (Lancaster, PA) at 9:04, 5-2, and sophomore attack Mike Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario) at 7:57, 6-2.

The Griffins scored three more goals before halftime to lead the Lions 9-2 at the break. With a 4-3 third-quarter spread and no fourth quarter scoring the Griffins ended their recent four-game losing streak with a 13-4 triumph.

Engelhardt and Marino led the Lions with two points apiece, Engelhardt adding a helper to his tally while Marino provided his second goal as the Lions first second-half score. Junior midfielder Kevin Catalano (Levittown, NY) recorded the other Lion goal while junior goalkeeper Tommy Bruno (Wantagh, NY) took the loss (2-2) despite 13 saves and three ground balls.

Complimenting Owen, Melnychenko, Duddy, and Landu scored two goals apiece. Melnychenko also offered three assists, two ground balls, and a caused turnover, while Landau added an assist and two ground balls to his scores. Sophomore midfielder Sean Johnson (Toms River, NJ) controlled the face-off circle, winning 13 of 17 (.765) and hustling to five ground balls. He also scored first goal of the season at the start of the second half. In goal, junior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, PA) earned the win (7-5) with seven saves, four ground balls, and a caused turnover.

The men's lacrosse team will travel to Lake Erie College on Saturday, April 28, to continue their ECC schedule with a 1:00 p.m. contest.


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