Griffins Defeat Golden Knights in Overtime

Lafayette Hill, Pa. (3/12/2013) At the start of today's contest, it appeared like it would be all Chestnut Hill. With a second-half rally, St. Rose forced overtime, but the Griffins would need only one more shot to seal the victory.

Sophomore midfielder Sean Johnsen (Toms River, N.J.) won overtime's initial faceoff, raced down field, and located junior attack Michael Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario) for the game-winner just six seconds (3:54) into the extra frame, 9-8. Melnychenko headlined the evening with four goals, an assist, two ground balls, and a turnover.

The College of St. Rose (0-4) scored their first goal just five seconds before halftime (0:05) and they used that tally as motivation, outscoring Chestnut Hill College (3-2) 7-4 in the second half and forcing overtime on a goal from freshman midfielder Casey Bergeron (Cortland, N.Y.) with 1:56 left on the fourth quarter clock. Refocused, the Griffins took the field for overtime determined not to let one slip by. Johnsen ensured it, winning the faceoff, securing the ground ball, racing toward goal, and finding Melnychenko five yards off the right post for a perfectly timed catch and shoot, 9-8.

The Griffins rattled off the contest's first four goals of the game, leaving the home team a 4-0 lead with 1:37 remaining in the opening half. Melnychenko found junior midfielder Michael Duddy (Toms River, N.J.) at 8:48 of the first quarter to shatter just of six minutes of scoreless lacrosse, 1-0. Freshman attack Tanner Fisher (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) added a unassisted goal four minutes later, 2-0 (4:50), for the Griffins to take a 2-0 advantage into the second quarter.

Senior midfielder Daniel Junji Weiner (Houston, Texas) made the lead 3-0 with a man-down goal at 5:01 and Melnychenko finished a pass from fellow senior attack Shane Morlock (Whitby, Ontario) at 1:37 to give the Griffins a 4-0 advantage before the Golden Knights got on the scoreboard. Sophomore attack Kevin Fleming (Owings, Md.) provided that Golden Knight goal with only five seconds remaining in the quarter (0:05).

Sophomore midfielder Even Helming (Canandaigua, N.Y.) served as the playmaker for the Golden Knights, supplying two goals, two assists, and three ground balls. He was supported by Fleming and junior attack Brett McAuliffe (Watertown, N.Y.), who totaled three points apiece.

Each recorded a goal and two assists, McAuliffe added two ground balls to his offensive production. Defensively, the Golden Knights were led by four ground balls and two caused turnovers by sophomore defenseman Dan Southard (Syracuse, N.Y.) and 16 saves from junior goalkeeper Nick Longo (Wading River, N.Y.).

Melnychenko's five points led the Griffin offense, but he had plenty of support. Fisher offered two goals, an assist, a ground ball, and a caused turnover, while seven other provided at least a point. Johnsen dominated the faceoff circle winning 16 of 20 (80.0%) draws and hustling to 11 ground balls; none being more important than his last. Junior defenseman Alexander Frederick (Landisville, Pa.) helped senior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, Pa.) anchor the Griffin backfield with four caused turnovers and four ground balls. Maurer earned his third win (3-2) with 13 saves and two ground balls.

The men's lacrosse team travels to Wheeling Jesuit University on Sunday, March 17, for their next contest. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.


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