No. 9 NYIT Survives Griffins' Second-Half Surge

Old Westbury, N.Y. (3/30/2013) Using the home field to their advantage, #9 NYIT narrowly survived Chestnut Hill in this afternoon's ECC game, seizing a 4-1 first-quarter lead and leading 7-3 at halftime before fending off the Griffins second half rally, 8-6. Junior attack Michael Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario) captained the Griffin effort with two goals, an assist, and a ground ball.

NYIT did not take long to get comfortable on their home field with senior attack Mike Ross (Adams, N.Y.) scoring the contest's first goal less than two minutes after the opening face-off (13:16). Chestnut Hill College (4-4, 1-1) tied it back up seconds later with senior midfielder Nathaniel Tharp (Laytonsville, Md.) scoring off Melnychenko's feed at 12:54, 1-1.

The stalemate held for nearly six minutes, but Ross struck again at 7:09, 2-1, and two more Bears goals followed (5:17 and 3:16) before the end of the period, 4-1. Ross helped the Bears extended their advantage in the second quarter as they outscored the Griffins 3-2 to a 7-3 halftime lead.

After halftime it was Melnychenko who looked to lead the Griffins to glory. He scored twice late in the third quarter, once at 2:27, 7-4, and again at 1:58, 7-5, but even with a fourth-quarter score from senior attack Craig Owen (Glenolden, Pa.) the Griffins came up short while the Bears padded their win with insurance at 3:26, 8-6.

Ross' four goals and two ground balls headlined the Bears win. He was complimented by freshman attack Shawn Murphy (Holbrook, N.Y.), who supplied two goals, three ground balls, and a caused turnover. Junior Dan McDermott (Vancouver, British Columbia) and senior goalkeeper Joe Fallon (Kings Park, N.Y.) anchored the Bears defense. McDermott with three ground balls and ten caused turnovers and Fallon earning the win (7-2) with 13 saves, two ground balls, and a caused turnover.

The Griffins began to turn the tide with defense. Senior defenseman Thomas Carfagna (Laurys Station, Pa.) and freshman defenseman Derick Darnulc (Baldwin, N.Y.) highlighted the effort. Carfagna with four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Darnulc forced five turnovers. Junior midfielder Sean Johnsen (Toms River, N.J.) won half of the face-offs, 8 of 16 (50.0%), and secured five ground balls.

Senior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, Pa.) made 15 saves and also provided a ground ball and two caused turnovers in the loss (4-4).

The men's lacrosse team continues ECC play on Saturday, April 6, with a 1:00 p.m. contest at Molloy College.


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