No. 1 RIT Routs Colby in Match at Homewood Field

BALTIMORE, MD -- No. 1 RIT (8-0) led 8-2 at halftime and tallied nine third-quarter goals en route to a 21-4 rout of Colby (4-3) on a chilly Wednesday evening from legendary Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins. The 21 goals scored by the Tigers is the most goals scored by RIT this season.

Sophomore Kyle Sterzin (Fairport, NY/Fairport) led RIT with four goals. Casey Jackson (Victoria, BC/Claremont) tallied three goals, while Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor), Eddie Kiesa (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt), Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) and Ryan Lee (Sharon, Ontario/The Hill Academy) each had two goals and an assist.

RIT held a 47-37 shot advantage and a slight 35-33 ground ball edge. The Tigers were 13 of 27 on face-offs and went 28 of 31 on clearing attempts. RIT went 1 for 2 with the man advantage, while holding Colby one goal in eight extra-man chances.

Pat Johnston (Long Beach, CA/Norwell (MA)) got the start in net for RIT, making 16 saves. Jarryd Lee (Melbourne, Australia/St. Leonards) played the final 10:07, allowing zero goals and making six saves. Sophomore long-stick midfielder Matt Hossack (Port Perry, Ontario/Port Perry) scored a goal, grabbed three ground balls and had two caused turnovers. Baird Wilber (Penn Yan, NY/Penn Yan Academy) and Jay Kryzston each caused two turnovers for RIT.

The Tigers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first quarter on goals from Alec Sulesky (Medina, OH/Medina), Wisman and Lee to open the game.

John Grimaldi broke the RIT run, tallying Colby's first goal with :15 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Sterzin scored two of RIT's five second-quarter goals, while Jackson, Wisman and Kiesa also scored, as RIT outscored Colby 5-1 in the second quarter, leading 8-2 at halftime.

Alex Rutan opened the second half scoring on his ninth goal of the season, cutting the RIT lead to 8-3.

After goals by Brooks-Lambert and Jackson made it 10-3 RIT, Colby's Austin Sayre scored for the Mules, making it 10-4 Tigers.

That would be as close as Colby would get as RIT exploded for seven goals to close out the third quarter, leading 17-4. Sterzin and Aquin each had two goals in that run for RIT.

RIT's defense tightened in the second half, holding Colby to two goals scored, including scoreless over the final 9:12 of the third quarter and the entire fourth quarter.

Kiesa, Pat McMullan (Easton, PA/Wyoming Seminary), Owen Nicola (Syracuse, NY/Westhill) and Dan LoBosco (South Salem, NY/John Jay) each scored in the fourth quarter for RIT. It was LoBosco's first collegiate goal.

RIT returns to action on Friday, March 28 when the Tigers face Williams College at 7:00 p.m. at Homewood Field in Baltimore, MD.


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