#5 Pioneers Power Past Griffins in Season's Final Game

Brookville, N.Y. (4/27/2013) Today's ECC contest at Long Island (LIU) Post concluded Chestnut Hill's 2013 season in which the Griffins finished 7-6 overall and 4-3 in league play after a 17-5 loss to the Pioneers. Senior midfielder Michael Duddy (Toms River, N.J.) scored twice in the first quarter to keep the Griffins within four early, 6-2, but with a 10-3 spread over the remaining game-clock the home team separated for a 12-goal victory.

LIU Post (11-2, 7-0) looked to remain perfect in league play, scoring the contest's first five goals before Duddy provided an answer from Chestnut Hill (7-6, 4-3). After scoring at 13:34, 1-0, the Pioneers found their stride around the eight-minute mark (8:27) where they scored four goals in a four-minute span to leave their advantage at 5-0 with less than five minutes remaining (4:47). Fortunately, Duddy then book-ended another Pioneer goal with two unassisted tallies, at 3:14 and 0:21, allowing the Griffins to keep the contest competitive heading to the second frame, 6-2. The Pioneers kept the pressure on in that following period, extending their lead from four to eight with an 11-3 halftime lead over the Griffins.

In the second half, play continued to the go the Pioneers way as they, but with improved defense the Griffins were able to slow them to a 5-2 edge in the final 30 minutes, 17-5. Freshman attack Ryan Slane (North Babylon, N.Y.) was the playmaker for the Pioneers, totaling six points on two goals and four assists while also recording seven ground balls in the affair. Three others finished with four points as the Pioneers spread ball around. Junior midfielder Brandon Bertone (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) helped them hold possession with nine ground balls off 12 face-off (12-of-18, 66.7%) wins. In goal, senior Tim Bradley (Wantagh, N.Y.) earned the win (10-2) with 12 saves and a ground ball.

Duddy added eight ground balls to his three-point performance. His effort was supported by an assist and two ground balls from senior attack Craig Owen (Glenolden, Pa.) and versatile contribution from senior defenseman Tom Carfagna (Laurys Station, Pa.), who came through with three ground balls on six face-off wins (6-for-13, 46.2%) while also causing a turnover. Senior goalkeeper Dakota Maurer (Lititz, Pa.) collected three ground balls and made seven saves in the defeat (7-6).

2013-05-04



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