Chestnut Hill Conquers Chargers in First Game on Campus

Philadelphia, Pa. (4/20/2013) Playing for the first time on campus, Chestnut Hill found comfort in familiar surroundings for a 14-3 ECC victory over Dominican (NY). Contributions came from the entire Griffins roster with senior attack Craig Owen (Glenolden, Pa.) providing a six-point effort to headline the impressive performance.

The contest was quiet at the start, scoreless for the opening six minutes the stalemate was broke with a connection between junior attack Michael Melnychenko (St. Catherines, Ontario) and senior midfielder Nathaniel Tharp (Laytonsville, Md.) putting Chestnut Hill (6-5, 3-2) on the scoreboard with 8:45 left in the opening quarter, 1-0.

Not long after, senior attack Shane Morlock (Whitby, Ontario) made the Griffins advantage 2-0, to help the home team hold a 4-2 lead following the frames remaining, alternating assaults. The Griffins were the only ones to score in the second quarter; they did it twice to hold a 6-2 halftime lead. In the second half it was all Griffins with Owen leading a 8-0 run that would have ended on the final horn if not for one more Dominican (0-10, 0-5) score with 25 seconds on the game clock (0:25), 14-3.

Freshman attack Joseph Ravenell (Copiague, N.Y.) scored first and last Charger goal, he also recovered five ground balls to lead the visitors. Freshman attack Justin Ruffin (Amityville, N.Y) recorded the other tally and collected three ground balls while junior defenseman Anton Gjeloshi (Pomona, N.Y.) grabbed six ground balls off of a 10 for 21 (47.6%) performance on face-offs. Junior goalkeeper Matthew Quinones (Nanuet, N.Y.) made 15 saves and recovered a ground ball in defeat (0-10).

Owen recorded four goals, two assists, toe ground balls, and a caused turnover in the triumph, but the Griffins also received multi-point performances from Melnychenko, senior midfielder Dennis Klusaritz Jr. (Slatington, Pa.), senior midfielder Michael Duddy (Toms River, N.J.), Morlock, senior defenseman Tom Carfagna (Laurys Station, Pa.), and junior midfielder Michael Landau (Lancaster, Pa.).

Melnychenko and Klusaritz each provided a goal and three assists, while Carfagna was a monster on defense with six caused turnovers and five ground balls. In goal, senior Dakota Maurer (Lititz, Pa.) shared time but earned the win (6-5) with four saves in the victory.

The team completes its home schedule next Saturday, April 27, with another ECC challenge as Dowling will meet the Griffins for a 1:00 p.m. face-off at the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Football Stadium.


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