Greyhounds Hold off Furious Rally by the Hawks

Worcester, Mass. (April 25) -- Leading by an 8-3 margin with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Assumption held off a furious Saint Anselm rally in the final minutes to come away with an 8-7 final in Northeast-10 play at the Multi-Sport Stadium.

In the opening half of the first quarter, the momentum was in favor of Saint Anselm as the Hounds built a 3-0 lead, capped by a man-up score from Kyle Murphy. Assumption answered though with a pair of goals in the final 3:31 of the quarter to make it a 3-2 margin after one quarter.

Freshman Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) tied the game early in the second quarter and the Hounds took the lead for good with just 18 seconds left in the first half on a goal senior Alejandro Ruiz (Dover, N.J./Seton Hall Prep).

The Hounds extended the lead to 7-3 after three quarters and led by an 8-3 margin with 9:24 left in the game following a man-down goal by sophomore Ian Mack (Avon, Conn./Avon). The game was firmly in control for the Hounds heading to the final minutes before the Saint Anselm offense came to life.

With 3:06 left, Jake Mallinson stopped the 8-0 Assumption scoring run to cut the lead to 8-4, followed by back-to-back goals from sophomore Andrew Messner to cut the lead in half at 8-6 with 1:26 left. Senior Tyler Steinetz scored with 52 seconds remaining to make it an 8-7 margin before the Hounds held off the Hawks for the home victory.

Smith finished with two goals and one assists as seven different Greyhounds found the back of the net.

Sophomore Matt Palubicki (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) made 15 saves in the win, while Jonathon O'Reilly had 11 saves in the loss.

With the win, Assumption improves to 3-10 overall and 2-7 in Northeast-10 play, while Saint Anselm drops to 8-5 overall and 5-4 in the league. The Hounds are back in action on Saturday, April 28 as Merrimack College visits the Multi-Sport Stadium for the 2012 season finale.

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WORCESTER, Mass. Saint Anselm was unable to maintain an early 3-0 lead, ultimately falling to the Greyhounds of Assumption by an 8-7 score Wednesday evening at the Multi-Sport Stadium. The Hawks have lost four straight games and sport an overall record of 8-5 alongside a 5-4 mark within Northeast-10 Conference play. The Greyhounds collect only their third victory of the season (3-10) and their second victory within conference play (2-7).

Saint Anselm jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as captain Tyler Steinetz (Sparta, N.J.), midfielder Ryan Mee (Medway, Mass.) and Kyle Murphy (Middletown, R.I.) each tallied goals to grant the Hawks an early cushion. The Greyhounds, however, would score the next eight goals from seven different goal scorers to take an 8-3 lead.

The Hawks attempted to put together a comeback in the fourth quarter, scoring four goals in the final 3:06 of regulation time, but were unable to overcome their lack of goal scoring in the second and third quarters. Midfielder Jake Mallinson (Middletown, R.I.) and Steinetz sandwiched two goals from attack Andrew Messner (Wakefield, R.I.) but the late charge by Saint Anselm was not enough.

For the Greyhounds, all but two of the goals were scored from non-starters. Garrett Smith collected a team-leading three points from two goals and an assist (2-1=3) while Paul Curran led all Assumption players with two points (1-1=2) off the bench.

Hawks goaltender Jonathon O'Reilly (Plano, Texas) drew the tough-luck loss, despite making 11 saves on Assumption shots. For the Greyhounds, netminder Matt Palubicki earned his third victory of the season by turning aside 15 of 22 shots on goal.

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