No. 1 RIT Scores 9 in Q1 and Cruises by Western New England

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- No. 1 RIT (5-0) scored nine goals in the first quarter and cruised to an 18-6 win over Western New England Saturday afternoon on the campus of Iona Prep School. Junior Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) led the Tigers high-powered offense with seven points on four goals and three assists.

The Tigers held a 43-34 shot advantage and won the ground ball battle 41-31. The Tigers won 16 of 31 face-offs and were 19 of 22 on clearing attempts. The Tigers scored on their only man-up opportunity, while holding the Bears to 0 for 3 on man-up.

Aquin led RIT with seven points. Casey Jackson (Victoria, BC/Claremont) and Ryan Lee (Sharon, Ontario/The Hill Academy) each scored three goals, while freshman long-stick midfielder JD Hall (Centennial, CO/Arapahoe) scored a pair of goals. Pat Johnston (Long Beach, CA/Norwell (MA)) picked up his fourth win of the season, making eight saves.

Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes) won 10 of 16 face-offs and had an assist and six ground balls. Anthony DeLeo (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) made seven saves, while Jarryd Lee (Melbourne, Australia/St. Leonards) made three stops for the Tigers.

Tied 2-2 with 10 minutes to play in the first quarter, the Tigers rattled off seven straight goals, taking a 9-2 lead on a Colby Brainard (Fredericksburg, VA/Brooke Point) goal with 11 seconds to play in the quarter. Aquin scored three of his four goals in the first quarter.

Western New England scored the first two goals of the second quarter, before five straight by the Tigers made it 15-5 at the half. Ryan Lee (Sharon, Ontario/The Hill Academy) scored two of RIT's five goals in that run.

RIT got goals from Lee, Alec Sulesky (Medina, OH/Medina) and Beau Riley (Homer, NY/Homer) in the second half, as the Tigers held the Bears to one second-half goal.

RIT returns to action on Wednesday, March 19 at St. John Fisher College. Face-off at Growney Stadium is at 4:00 p.m.


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