Griffins Rout Redhawks in ECC Opener

Lafayette Hill, Pa. (3/23/2013) Chestnut Hill put the work in early against Roberts Wesleyan today with junior attack Michael Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario) highlighting a 9-1 one Griffin first quarter with four goals and an assist.

His last made him the first in program history to eclipse 100 career goals. Riding high on the emotion and their eight-goal advantage, the Griffins officially opened their ECC season with an 18-8 victory over the Redhawks. Senior attack Craig Owen (Glenolden, Pa.), senior midfielder Dennis Klusaritz Jr. (Allentown, Pa.), and freshman attack Michael Plaia (Hicksville, N.Y.) also contributed multiple points in the win.

Melnychenko's milestone score ended a flurry of action that grew the Chestnut Hill College (4-3, 1-0) lead to 9-1 by the end of the first quarter. Owen put the Griffins early offense into action, first assisting Klusaritz at 12:35, 1-0, then finding Plaia for a man-up goal at 11:09, 2-0, before junior midfielder Michael Landau (Lancaster, Pa.) and senior midfielder Mark Lively (Anmore, British Columbia) hooked up for the third goal in the run at 8:13, 3-0.

Freshman attack Dom Cianfarano (Oswego, N.Y.) was Roberts Wesleyan College's (3-5, 0-2) only answer, as his goal at 7:34, 3-1, only interrupted the Griffins who made it 4-1 on another Owen, Klusaritz connection, before Melnychenko erupted for four goals and an assist to senior midfielder Nathaniel Tharp (Laytonsville, Md.) over the final 5:13 of the period.

By halftime, the Griffin advantage reached ten goals, 13-3, with Owen scoring twice (13:09 and 2:45), Plaia scoring his second goal (11:03), and freshman attack Tanner Fisher (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) joining the mix (6:25) while Melnychenko deferred to providing the helpers. In the end the ten-goal margin held as the Griffins earned the victory on an 18-8 final.

Cianfarano and senior defenseman Ian Nash (Irondequoit, N.Y.) topped the Redhawk effort with two goals and an assist each. Cianfarano grabbed two ground balls in addition to his points while Nash hustled to six ground balls and caused one turnover.

Freshman midfielder Cody Lewis (Elbridge, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Anthony Nucci Lauria (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) were also key contributors. Lewis recorded a goal and two assists while Nucci Lauria was the dominate man in the face-off circle with 19 wins (19 of 25, 76.0%) and seven ground balls.

In goal, junior Matt Hamilton (Niskayuna, N.Y.) took the loss (3-5) despite making six saves and gathering a ground ball in the first three quarters (45:00).

Melnychenko ended his historical performance with eight points on five goals and three assists. He also provided the Griffins with two ground balls and a caused turnover. Owen finished with three goals, three assists, and a ground ball, while Klusaritz added an assist and two ground balls to his three scores. Senior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, Pa.) made nine saves in 47:40 minutes of play to earn his fourth win of the season (4-3).

The men's lacrosse team continues their ECC schedule on Saturday, March 30, with a 12:00 p.m. contest at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).


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