Mount Saint Vincent Scores Win vs. Anna Maria in Opener

Riverdale, N.Y. Led by four goals from freshman Mike Puchaslski (Yorktown, N.Y.) and 12 saves from senior Kyle Kalibat (Oceanside, N.Y.), Mount Saint Vincent scored an impressive 12-3 win over Anna Maria in its season opener on Saturday evening.

Mount Saint Vincent took control of the game early on Saturday, surging out to a 5-0 lead after the first quarter. John Petito (Staten Island, N.Y.) opened the scoring two minutes into the tilt and Pulchalski potted three goals in an eight minute stretch to support the big first period.

The Dolphins went into halftime with a commanding 9-1 lead over the AMCATS after scoring four more times in the second quarter. Chris Summo (Bronx, N.Y.) and Puchalski scored five minutes apart to give the Mount a 7-0 lead before Pat McEnaney (New York, N.Y.) and Kalibat tallied after a man-down goal from Anna Maria to push the halftime advantage to eight goals.

The visitors would out score the Mount 2-1 in the third stanza on Saturday to cut their disadvantage to 9-3, but Germain Ngaba (Bronx, N.Y.) got the Dolphins' 10th goal in the game with 7:14 left in the third quarter and Charles Lloyd (Wheatley, N.Y.) and McEnaney each added their second goals of the game to expand the Mount's led to the final nine goal decision.

Seven different Mount Saint Vincent players scored in the game, led by Puchalski's four. The rookie also grabbed a groundball in the game for the Mount. McEnaney and Lloyd both finished with two tallies with McEnaney adding an assist to close out a three point night.

Petito also added three points for the Mount with a goal and two helpers, while Ngaba and Frank Maddaloni (Bronx, N.Y.) each picked up five groundballs. Ngaba went 9 for 18 in face-offs on the night and Steven Dyckman (Elmont, N.Y.) caused three turnovers.

Kalibat rounded out the game with 12 stops for Mount Saint Vincent in 35:32 minutes of work to go along with a team-high eight groundballs. Ben Gashi (Bronx, N.Y.) stopped nine shots in 24:28 of action. Franco Francioso played a strong game for Anna Maria, making 19 stops in the loss.

Overall in the game, Mount Saint Vincent outshot Anna Maria 45-30 and posted a 43-30 edge in groundballs. The Dolphins were an efficient 12 for 14 in clearing chances on Saturday and went 1 for 3 in extra man opportunities.

At 1-0 overall on the season, Mount Saint Vincent will travel to Thomas on March 2 for its first road contest of the season. Face-off with the Terriers in Waterville, Maine is set for 1:00 p.m.


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