Saint Joseph's Tops Michigan to Win Sixth Straight

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Sophomore attackman Pat Swanick (Haverford, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) and freshman attackman Michael Rastivo (South Setauket, N.Y./Choate Rosemary Hall) scored four goals apiece to lead Saint Joseph's to a 15-6 win over Michigan at Michigan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the victory, the Hawks extend their win streak to five games and improve to 6-2 overall. The win also marks the first time in school history that the men's lacrosse program has won four consecutive road games in the same season.

Trailing 1-0 after Michigan (4-6) scored the first goal of the game at the 9:02 mark of the first period, the Saint Joseph's offense exploded for a 9-1 run that spanned the next 23:45 to give the Hawks the 9-1 advantage at the 14:11 mark of the third period.

Seven different Hawks scored the first seven goals of the run before Michigan added a tally with 3:29 remaining in the second period to close the home team's deficit to five goals, 7-2, in favor of the Hawks

Having each scored a goal during SJU's 9-1 run, Rastivo and Swanick then tallied another goal each as the rookie scored with 1:54 remaining in the second and Swanick scored just 49 seconds out of the halftime break.

Michigan then scored two unanswered goals within six seconds of one another to pull to within five, 9-4, with 8:37 left in the third period.

However, from that point, the Hawks would go on a 6-2 run, sparked by the two-goal efforts of Swanick and Rastivo, to expand their lead to nine, and that score, 15-6, would stand as time expired.

For the game, Saint Joseph's outshot Michigan 48-32 and turned a 16-5 shot advantage to a six-goal effort in the second period alone. The Hawks also turned the ball over just 12 times compared to Michigan's 18. Led by Swanick's five-point effort on four goals and an assist and Rasitvo's four-goal day, 10 different Hawks tallied at least one point in the victory. Redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) scored two goals on a game-high nine shots and added two assists and six ground balls.

Defensively, the Hawks held a 32-28 edge in ground balls; McGee and senior midfielder Will Abbott (Chevy Chase, Md./Bullis School) combined for 12 with six apiece. After going 0 of 4 from the face-off in the first period, SJU went 15 of 20 in the second, third, and fourth periods combined en route to a dominant 15 of 24 showing from the X on the day. Abbott was phenomenal from the face-off as the senior won all of SJU's 15 possessions on 20 opportunities for a .750 percentage. Sophomore defenseman John Winchell (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) added four ground balls and caused a team-high three turnovers.

In a physical game that saw 16 penalties, both teams went just 1 of 8 in EMOs.

Junior goalkeeper Dustin Keen (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) (5-1) made 13 saves in a full-game effort for his fifth consecutive victory of the season.

Michigan's Ian King led the Wolverines in scoring with two goals.

Saint Joseph's returns home for its next three games, beginning with Drexel on Tuesday evening. Opening face-off against the Dragons is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.

2014-03-22



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