Mount St. Mary's Comeback Falls One Goal Short at Manhattan

Riverdale, N.Y. (March 9, 2014)--Mount St. Mary's rallied, but came up short in an 8-7 loss at Manhattan on Sunday afternoon. Bubba Johnson and Mike Pascali each had a pair of goals in the loss to pace the Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers (0-6) jumped to a 2-1 lead in the first quarter behind goals from Johnson and Clayton Wainer. Manhattan, however, rattled off the next five goals to take a 6-2 advantage.

Andrew Hurst scored the first two goals during the five-goal streak, and Patrick Hodapp finished the run with a natural hat trick in the second quarter. Hodapp's goal with 4:27 left in the second quarter made it 6-2. The Mount answered that goal just 18 seconds later when Spencer Smith converted a Brett Shukri pass to cut the deficit to 6-3 at the half.

The Jaspers (1-5) stretched its lead to five on another Hurst goal and Alex Abiog's first goal of the game with 5:53 left in the third quarter. Pascali got the Mount back into the game, scoring twice to close out the quarter, including a goal with four seconds left in the third to make it 8-5.

Johnson's second goal of the game with 8:20 left made the score 8-6, and Shukri notched his first goal of the year with 3:56 left to cut the Manhattan advantage to one goal.

Kyle McDonough had a chance tie the game with 2:24 left, but had his shot stopped by Manhattan goalkeeper Rich Akapnitis. Wainer's shot with 36 seconds left went high, and the Mount was unable to complete the comeback.

The Mount outshot Manhattan, 35-to-16, in the game, including by a 25-to-5 margin in the second half. Manhattan won the ground ball battle, 32-31.

Johnson finished with two goals and an assist for the Mount while Pascali finished with a pair of goals. Shukri added a goal, an assist and a team-high seven ground balls in the loss. Nick Haley won 11 of 18 face-offs while grabbing six ground balls.

In goal, Chris Klaiber allowed eight goals with two saves in the first three quarters. Frankie McCarthy played the final quarter, making one save while not allowing a goal.

Hodapp led Manhattan with four goals while Hurst added three. Akapnitis made 12 saves in the game while allowing seven goals.

The Mount is back in action on Saturday, March 15, with a 12:00 p.m. home game against Drexel.


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