Hawks Upend Statesmen in Regular Season Finale

GENEVA, N.Y.-Saint Joseph's completed an undefeated run through the Northeast Conference with a 15-8 victory over Hobart at Boswell Field this afternoon. The Hawks improved to 11-3 on the year, 6-0 in the NEC while the Statesmen fell to 4-9, 3-3 in the league.

Junior attackman Ryan McGee led the visitors with a game-high five points on three goals and two assists. First-year attackman Michael Rastivo also produced a hat trick with senior midfielder Johnny Simanski and junior midfielder Mike Dougherty each chipped in two goals and an assist.

Sophomore attackman Matt Opsahl led Hobart with three goals and an assist. Junior midfielder Brendan Saylor added two goals. First-year midfielder Jake Shapiro finished the game 15 of 25 at the faceoff X, scooping up a team-high five ground balls. Senior goalie Peter Zonino went the distance and made nine saves.

The Statesmen got off to a fast start, scoring the game's opening goal 61 seconds in on a shot by Opsahl from the right alley. Sophomore attackman Pat Swanick answered less than a minute later, but Hobart retook the lead on Saylor's unassisted tally at 9:06. It was the last goal of the half for the Statesmen. SJU starting goalie T. J. Jones made five stops in the opening frame and 13 total saves in 51 minutes of work. First-year James Superka played the final nine minutes making four saves on eight shots.

The Hawks equalized on Rastivo's first goal at 6:26 and took the lead for good when junior attackman Kyle Bruun set up junior midfielder Rob Watts with 64 seconds left in the opening quarter.

In the second quarter, McGee sandwiched goals around a strike by junior midfielder Josh Cavanaugh to send Saint Joseph's into halftime with a 6-2 lead.

The Hawks scored the first goal of the second half to extend their run to six straight goals before junior midfielder Taylor Vanderbeek netted his 15th goal of the year 46 seconds into the frame. SJU rattled off the next three goals to stretch its lead to 10-3. Senior attackman Jake McHenry got on the board, assisted by Opsahl, with 29 seconds left in the third to make it 10-4.

The Hawks put the game away with the first four goals of the fourth quarter before the Statesmen ended the game on a 4-1 run. With 1:51 remaining, senior midfielder Ryan Munnelly capped the day's scoring and his final home game with his first career goal.

SJU outshot Hobart 42-35 and had a 37-32 advantage on ground balls.

The two squads will square off again on Thursday, May 1, in the semifinals of the NEC Tournament, hosted by Saint Joseph's.

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GENEVA, N.Y. Saint Joseph's defeated Hobart, 15-8, at Boswell Field on Saturday afternoon to clinch the 2014 Northeast Conference regular season title. In their inaugural season in the NEC, the Hawks posted an undefeated regular season in league play and currently stand at 11-3 overall and 6-0 in the Northeast Conference heading into the 2014 NEC Championships next weekend.

Trailing 2-1 midway through the first period, Saint Joseph's used a 5-0 run that spanned the remainder of the first period and all of the second to jump ahead, 6-2, heading into the halftime break.

The Hawks outscored the Statesmen 4-2 in the third period and netted the first four goals of the fourth period - all within 1:29 of each other - to extend SJU's lead to ten goals, 14-4, with 11:54 remaining in regulation.

Hobart's Matt Opsahl scored his second of three goals on the day with 8:42 left to play to close the deficit to nine goals, but sophomore attackman Parker Self (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) recorded his first collegiate goal with just under six minutes to play to extend SJU's lead back to ten goals, 15-5.

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