Mount St. Mary's Falls, 10-5, at Saint Joseph's

PHILADELPHIA With 13 seconds remaining in regulation, redshirt junior attackman Ryan McGee (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) registered his fourth goal of the game and 100th point of his career as the Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse team downed Mount St. Mary's, 10-5, in Northeast Conference action on Tuesday evening at Sweeney Field. With the win, the Hawks improve to 7-2 overall and a perfect 3-0 in the NEC.

McGee entered the game with 96 career points. After scoring once in the first period and twice in the third, McGee rocketed his 67th career goal to record his 100th career point in just the 37th game of his collegiate career.

"It feels really good to be given the opportunity to play with some great players to be able to achieve that milestone," said McGee following Tuesday's game.

"You don't get to 100 points unless you're surrounded by a great offense and have a great coaching staff. I've been blessed to be in a really good situation over the past three years. I got lucky and made the most of some opportunities but I can't say enough about the guys around me and the job that they've done over the last three years. With the strides that we've made as a team, it feels really good to be sitting where we are right now."

Saint Joseph's did not waste any time as the Hawks scored the first seven goals on the game to take a 7-0 lead late into the third period. Led by the two-goal efforts of McGee and sophomore midfielder Richard Gabelman (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spalding), five Hawks scored for SJU in the first 37:52.

Senior midfielder Johnny Simanski (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) got the Hawks on the scoreboard just 3:36 into the game, and McGee added his first tally with 1:48 remaining as SJU closed out the first period with a 2-0 edge.

Neither team would add to the scoring until late into the second period, when freshman attackman Ray Vandegrift (Jenkintown, Pa./William Penn Charter) tucked away an unassisted tally with 2:33 to go. Less than one minute later, junior midfielder Josh Cavanaugh (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) brilliantly worked past his defender and found Gabelman, who recorded his first of two tallies at the 1:46 mark to give the Crimson and Gray a 4-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

After Mount St. Mary's (0-11, 0-3 NEC) was hit with a one-minute cross check penalty at the start of the third period, SJU sophomore attackman Pat Swanick (Haverford, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) took advantage of the man-up situation and found McGee, who registered his second tally of the game at the 13:11 mark. Gabelman and Swanick then scored back-to-back goals within 40 seconds of one another to give Saint Joseph's the commanding 7-0 lead with 7:08 remaining in the third and 22:08 left in regulation.

Mount St. Mary's (0-11, 0-3 NEC) got on the scoreboard with 5:01 remaining in the third period to close the gap, 7-1, but McGee net his third goal of the game with 15 seconds remaining in the third to give SJU the 8-1 advantage heading into the final 15:00.

SJU was hit with a pair of penalties toward the start of the fourth period, and the Mount took advantage of the EMO as the Mountaineers scored four unanswered goals - two man-up - just 6:15 into the fourth to close the deficit to three goals, 8-5.

However, SJU's defensive unit stopped Mount St. Mary's scoring run and junior midfielder Mike Dougherty (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep) found Simanski with just under 1:30 left to play to put the Hawks back up, 9-5. McGee's tally with 13 seconds remaining ensured the 10-5 victory for the Crimson and Gray.

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