Sailfish Subdue No. 18 Western Washington, No. 9 Sam Houston

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. If you're a Sailfish fan, you can breathe easier following the finish to Monday's matinee between Palm Beach Atlantic (8-1) and Western Washington (1-5). Despite runs by both teams, the 'Fish scored just enough in the fourth to get by with a 15-14 victory.

The No. 18-ranked Vikings jumped out in front early, leading 2-0 before PBA's extended run. Palm Beach Atlantic scored six straight goals on efforts from Dominic Scalzo, Joe Ciringione, Dave Schultz, and Dennis Koleda, making the score 6-2. Both teams traded goals twice before WWU went on a run of their own, scoring seven straight goals. In the midst of that Western Washington scoring run, PBA went scoreless for 26:04, finally scoring at 3:21 of the third from Bobby Hantske.

On another miniature run, the Sailfish scored six of seven goals in the latter stages of the game to grab a 15-12 lead, which was enough to hold on for the victory.

Player of the Game
Senior Bobby Hantske finished with four goals and three assists against WWU, including the game winner at 2:39 of the fourth. All four of Hantske's goals came in the second half, which helped PBA climb out of an 11-8 hole and grab the ranked victory.

Turning Point of the Game
Hantske's unassisted goal at 3:21 of the third stemmed a seven goal Vikings run and was the catalyst for another Sailfish run that eventually gave PBA the win.

Play of the Game
At 3:50 of the fourth quarter, junior attackman Dominic Scalzo scored to give PBA a 14-12 lead, but it's how he did it that's got everybody talking. Dodging from behind the cage, Scalzo moved through six Vikings (three of which had multiple attempts), finally getting his hands free to score a bounce shot. You can see this clip here:

Missing in Uniform
The following Sailfish were out against Western Washington: Senior goalie Cory Ender (compartment syndrome) ... Freshman LSM Tranard Cannon (head injury) ... Sophomore midfielder Dan Wilkerson ... Sophomore LSM Kyle Whitmire ... Freshman FOS Harrison Stone ... Freshman attack Rob Brisseau.

The First Time
The No. 18-ranked Vikings came into the game on the last of a four games in five days trek from the Pacific Northwest. PBA and WWU had never previously met before Monday. The Sailfish now lead the all-time series 1-0.


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Grabbing their second top ten win of the season and fourth Top 25 win, Palm Beach Atlantic topped Sam Houston State, 13-4.

The battle of the Sailfish and Bearkats occurred for the first time, showcasing two programs who score goals in bunches. Senior Dave Schultz ignited the Sailfish offense early, netting points on the first two goals to give PBA a lead they would never relinquish. Both teams battled back and forth throughout, with excellent defensive play on both sides.

For Palm Beach Atlantic, it was their best defensive performance of the season, holding SHSU to four goals. In the second half, PBA held Sam Houston State scoreless for the last 25 minutes of the game.

Junior Dominic Scalzo's six point game was tops among Sailfish, while senior Kevan Van Stone finished 12-18 on face-offs.

Player of the Game
Senior Ryan Talks finished with thirteen saves and four goals against for a 76.5% save percentage. Talks, stepping in for the injured Cory Ender, came up big time and time again, denying the Bearkat attackers throughout the course of the game. He also finished with a team-high eight ground balls.

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