Rifice Nets Five as Farmingdale Grounds the Hawks

Farmingdale, N.Y. - Freshman attack Tyler Rifice (Bohemia, N.Y.) scored a career-high five goals in Farmingdale State's 12-7 non-conference win over Hartwick this afternoon. The Rams improved to 2-2 on the season, while the Hawks fell to 0-3.

Tied 2-2 midway through the second period, Rifice scored his third goal of the afternoon off the feed from freshman attack Conor McNamara (Levittown, N.Y.) to put Farmingdale State ahead by one. Freshman midfielder Patrick Cowcer (East Northport, N.Y.) scored with 11 seconds remaining in the half and senior midfielder Vincent Aniano (Oceanside, N.Y.) followed with a goal only six seconds later to give the Rams a 5-2 advantage at the break.

After Farmingdale State increased the lead to 6-2, Hartwick answered with three unanswered goals, including two man-up scores to pull within one, 6-5. Junior midfielder Donovan Devaney (East Northport, N.Y.) brought the advantage back to two with an unassisted score with 7:06 left in the third period. Rifice scored his fourth and fifth goals of the game with less than two minutes remaining in the period to extend the lead to 9-5.

Leading 9-6 to start the fourth, the Rams outscored Hartwick 3-1 in the period to cap off the 12-7 victory.

Rifice finished the game with six points and three ground balls, while junior attack Philip Schaefer (Holbrook, N.Y.) scored twice. Senior midfielder Andrew Incantalupo (Shirley, N.Y.) tallied three points on one goal and two assists and Devaney picked up a game-high nine ground balls.

The Hawks were led by senior midfielders Cody Ciolino (Nesconset, N.Y.) and Zach Gropper (Syosset, N.Y.) who each had two goals.

Sophomore goalkeeper Thomas Fallon (Kings Park, N.Y.) recorded five saves in the first half and freshman Nicholas Fasano (Franklin Square, N.Y.) had six saves in the second half as the pair split time in goal for Farmingdale State.

The Rams next will travel to Manhattanville for a non-conference game on Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m.

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FARMINGDALE, NY- Visiting Hartwick rallied to make it a one-goal game midway through the third period, but host Farmingdale State outscored the Hawks 6-2 the rest of the way to come out with a 12-7 victory on Saturday afternoon. 'Wick is now 0-3 to start the season while the Rams improve to 2-2.

Zach Gropper (Syosset, NY/Syosset) and Cody Ciolino (Nesconset, NY/Sachem North) both scored a pair of goals to lead Hartwick. Mike Vaglica (Newton, MA/Newton North), Roy Simmons (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius), and Cody Petillo (Holbrook, NY/Sachem North) all had one goal each. Gropper and Vaglica also assisted on two goals.

Only one goal was scored in the first quarter which was by Farmingdale's Tyler Rifice. The Hawks evened it up at 1-1 on a Ciolino unassisted goal. Rifice responded for the Rams with his second score of the day to put Farmingdale State ahead by one. 'Wick again had an answer on a Petillo unassisted goal. The Rams ended the second quarter on a 3-0 run to go ahead 5-2 at halftime.

In the third frame, a slashing penalty by Kevin Rourke (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) gave the Rams a man-up opportunity that they would take advantage of as Ryan McArdle cashed in to put FSU ahead 6-2 at 13:26. The Hawks began to chip away at the lead with three straight goals, including two man-up scores from Gropper, to get to within 6-5 at 7:29.

The Rams scored their seventh goal of the day 23 seconds later and maintained the two-score advantage for nearly six minutes of the period. Riffice scored once at 1:41 and a second time at 1:20 to make it 9-5. Ciolino's goal at 1:02 narrowed it to 9-6.

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2014-03-15



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