Saint Joseph's Defeats High Point in Virginia Game

WOODBERRY FOREST, Va. - Saint Joseph's won its inaugural meeting with High Point, 8-5, in a neutral-site match-up on Saturday afternoon as the Hawks picked up their first win of the 2013 season. With the victory, the Hawks start the season 1-1 for the first time since 2009.

Trailing 2-0 just three minutes into the third quarter, freshman attack Pat Swanick recorded his first collegiate goal to put the Hawks on the board and close the deficit to 2-1. Less than two minutes later with 10:37 to go in the third period, junior attack Ryan McGee netted his second goal of the season to equalize the score at two apiece.

With five minutes remaining in the third period, each team would alternate goals twice more, with contributions on the Hawks' side coming from sophomore attacks Matthew Franchak and Michael Dougherty. Franchak's first goal at the 2:55 mark was the first of his college career.

Tied 4-4 in the final period, Saint Joseph's scored four consecutive goals in a combined effort from McGee (two), Dougherty (one), and Franchak (one) to give the Hawks a demanding 8-4 advantage with 2:57 remaining in regulation.

High Point (1-3) would tack on one more, but it wouldn't be enough as the Hawks came away with the win, 8-5.

McGee had an all-around brilliant performance on the day, leading all scorers with three goals and tying for a game-best 10 ground balls to go with one assist. Franchak was good for two goals and seven ground balls while junior midfielder Will Abbott went .500 (7 of 14) from the face-off position. Sophomore attack Matthew Sarcona registered an assists and picked up four ground balls while junior John Moran's defensive presence caused 20 percent of High Point's 20 turnovers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Dustin Keen (1-1) played a full 60 minutes for the Hawks, making nine saves and allowing just five goals for the win.

Saint Joseph's outshot High Point, 50-30, and held the advantage in ground balls, 49-41.

The Hawks will look to extend their winning streak when they host VMI next Saturday, February 23. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Finnesey Field. Saint Joseph's is 8-4 all-time against the Keydets, with its last win a 12-4 victory on February 25, 2012. In that game, senior Kyle Williams scored three goals while McGee was good for two goals and three assists.

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WOODBERRY FOREST, VA - High Point lost to Saint Joseph's, 8-5, on Saturday at a neutral site in Woodberry Forest, Va. Redshirt-freshman Mitchell Dupere scored two goals for High Point, and freshman Dan Lomas scored for the fourth straight game.

The Hawks scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to open up an 8-4 lead. Dupere notched his second goal late in the period for final score of 8-5.

"Coach Wray and the Saint Joseph's team outworked us today," said head coach Jon Torpey. "They played hard and fought for four quarters to earn a hard-fought victory. We have got to address some deficiencies, come up with some new answers and move forward this week."

The Panthers fall to 1-3 this season while Saint Joseph's evens its record at 1-1.

Dupere's two goals were the first two of his career. Lomas scored his 11th goal of the season in the game. He has scored in all four games this season. Matt Thistle had a goal and an assist and had registered a point in every contest. Thistle also led the team with 10 ground balls.

The Panthers went 15 for 17 on clear attempts and SJU was 16 for 18. High Point won 9 of 16 faceoffs, with all nine wins coming from freshman Jamie Piluso. Piluso also picked up six ground balls.

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