Griffins Fall in Clash with Cardinals

Bethany W.Va. (3/17/2013) Senior attack Craig Owen (Glenolden, Pa.) and junior attack Michael Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario) gave Chestnut Hill a 3-2 first quarter lead, but (RV) Wheeling Jesuit rallied on their home turf for a 13-8 victory over the Griffins.

The Cardinals broke away from the Griffins in the second quarter with junior attack Brian Frank (Huntingtown, Md.) and freshman midfielder Connor Summers (Mechanicsville, Md.) igniting the home team for a 11-5 run to the final horn.

Frank found his first teammate, junior attack Sean Wright (Salisbury, Md.), just 16 seconds into the affair, 1-0. Chestnut Hill College (3-3) answered the initial tally a minute later (13:51), when Owen scored his first goal to tie the affair at 1-1. The stalemate lasted until 2:21 when Wheeling Jesuit University (6-2) took used a man-up advantage to gain a 2-1 edge over the Griffins.

After the power play, however, the Griffins sized the momentum for the remainder of the opening period, taking the lead on scores from Owen, 2-2 (2:21), and Melnychenko, 3-2 (0:55). Unfortunately, a 3-1 Cardinal second quarter left the contest in the home team's favor at halftime, 5-4.

After the break a 3-0 Cardinal third quarter put the deficit at 8-4, leaving the Griffins to rally in the final frame behind the spirited play of senior midfielder Dennis Klusaritz III (Allentown, Pa.). He scored twice in the period, but even with the help of Melnychenko and others the Griffins could not keep pace with the Cardinals in a 13-8 final.

Frank totaled six points on two goals and four assists, while grabbing a ground ball in the Cardinal's team-leading performance. He and freshman attack Bryce Brochu (Welland, Ontario) fueled the Cardinal offense. Brochu came off the Cardinal bench for a goal, two assists, and a ground ball, helping Frank lead junior attack Landon DelPrince (Powell, Ohio) and sophomore midfielder Tyler Buchan (Burnaby, British Colombia) to three-goal performances. Senior defenseman Ed Monahan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) supported classmate, senior, goalkeeper Jim LaPenna (Bel Air, Md.), who made 13 saves and recovered three ground balls in the win (5-2). Monahan recorded four ground balls and caused four turnovers for the Cardinals.

Klusaritz came off the Griffin bench for a team-leading three goals. He also collected two ground balls.

Melnychenko and Owen each finished with two goals apiece and helped the Griffins get possession of the ball with four and three ground balls, respectively. Senior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, Pa.) provided ten saves and three ground balls in the loss (3-3).

The men's lacrosse team begins their East Coast Conference (ECC) schedule in their next contest; a 3:30 p.m. home contest against Roberts Wesleyan College on Saturday, March 23.

2013-03-17



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