Q4 Surge Carries No. 12 NYIT Past Chestnut Hill

Lafayette Hill, Pa. - (3/8/2014) A 6-1 fourth-quarter landslide allowed #12 NYIT to leave the Plymouth Whitemarsh Football Stadium with a 10-4 East Coast Conference (ECC) win this afternoon. Chestnut Hill held the Bears in check, leading after the first quarter, 1-0, but trailing the rest of the way in a game that got away. Senior midfielder Mark Winkelspecht (Laurys Station, Pa.) and sophomore attack Tanner Fisher (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia) headlined the Griffin effort with two points apiece.

In a conservatively played first half, Chestnut Hill College (1-3, 0-1) grabbed the edge with a goal from freshman attack Alec Dambach (Howell, N.J.) who deposited an unassisted goal at 9:24, 1-0. New York Institute of Technology (3-2, 1-0) tied the game at about the same time in the second quarter, 1-1 (9:23), with junior attack Luke Miller (Mastic, N.Y.) getting the first of his five points on the assist of junior midfielder Ryan Brunet (Sound Beach, N.Y.). The Bears scored twice more, at 4:45 of the second quarter and 12:31 of the third quarter, breaking the tie before halftime, 2-1 Bears, and giving the visitors a 3-1 advantage before Winkelspecht found senior attack Michael Melnychenko (St. Catharines, Ontario) for an acrobatic assault at 11:53, 3-2, and Fisher for the game-tying goal at 9:28, 3-3.

The Bears would reclaim the lead before the start of the final period, 4-3 (6:46), but an early fourth-quarter Bear penalty provided the Griffins the chance to even the score once again. And they did when Fisher fed junior midfielders, Michael Landau (Lancaster, Pa.) for Griffins fourth goal at 11:21, 4-4. Unfortunately, the Bears found another gear in the final stretch of play, scoring the game final six goals in the final 8:25, 10-4.

Miller added two ground balls and a caused turnover to his five-point game; two goals and three assists. Four others recorded at least two points including senior attack Cory Triola (Levittown, N.Y.) who recorded a team-high three goals. On defense, sophomore Andrew Schweigert (West Babylon, N.Y.) supported freshman goalkeeper Alex Seltzer (Plainview, N.Y.) who made ten saves and caused a turnover in the win (3-2). Schweigert recorded five ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Leading the Griffin effort, Winkelspecht recorded his two assists and three ground balls while Fisher tallied both a goal and an assist.

Freshman midfielder Joseph Pozniak (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) won 8 of 18 (.444) face-offs and recovered three ground balls. On defense, junior defenseman Frank Berry III (Mission Viejo, Calif.) hounded the Bears best for three ground balls and a turnover. Senior goalkeeper Joseph Donnelly (Newtown Square, Pa.) totaled 11 saves in the loss (1-3).

The men's lacrosse team continues their ECC schedule next Saturday, March 15, when they host Molloy College in a 4:00 p.m. contest.


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