No. 10 Wesleyan Upends No. 4 RIT, 11-8, in NCAAs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Wesleyan, ranked 10th nationally, jumped out to a 6-0 first-quarter advantage over homestanding Rochester Institute of Technology, ranked fourth, in an NCAA Division III Tournament second-round contest here Saturday, May 13. But RIT held Wesleyan scoreless over a span of 32 minutes while rallying for six goals of its own as the teams headed into the final 15 minutes deadlocked at 6-6.

Senior middie Glenn Adams circled around the RIT goal and first one high into the net to spot Wesleyan a 7-6 edge just 1:37 into the final frame, the Cardinals first goal in nearly 34 minutes. It was Adams third goal of the contest.

RIT countered with a junior Scott Farress goal less than a minute later. Senior attacker Mike Vitulano broke the tie for Wesleyan with his 26th goal of the season, quick-sticking a pinpoint pass from behind the net by Adams to spot Wesleyan an 8-7 lead at 11:14 it would not relinquish.

Goals by first-years Jason Ben-Eliyahu (10:53) and Russ Follansbee (8:05) followed in short order for a 10-7 lead and the teams traded goals for an 11-8 final score.

Adams finished with three goals and two assists for Wesleyan, improving his seasonal point total to 59 and his career mark to 197. Senior Zach Bednarz led RIT with a pair of goals and two assists.

Wesleyan advances to the national quarterfinals for the second straight season, taking on Geneseo St. Wed., May 17.
Score by Period     1  2  3  4  Tot
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Wesleyan (15-3) 6 0 0 5 - 11
RIT (15-3) 0 2 4 2 - 8
Wesleyan SCORING:
GOALS: Glenn Adams 3; Jordan Funt 2; Mike Vitulano 2; Jason Ben-Eliyahu 2; Russell Follansbee 1; Chris Jasinski 1.
ASSISTS: Glenn Adams 2; Russell Follansbee 2; Jordan Funt 2; Jason Ben-Eliyahu 1; Mike Vitulano 1; Mike Walsh 1.

RIT SCORING: GOALS: Zach Bednarz 2; Eric Pritchard 2; Colin Jesien 2; David Thering 1; Scott Farress 1.
ASSISTS: Zach Bednarz 2; Andrew Ruocco 2; David Thering 1.

GROUND BALLS: Wesleyan - 45 ; RIT - 49.
TOTAL SHOTS - Wesleyan 30; RIT 42.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Wesleyan 23; RIT 22.
PENALTIES - Wesleyan 2/2:00; RIT 5/5:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Wesleyan 3-5; RIT 1-2.
FACEOFFS - Wesleyan 11-22; RIT 11-22.
CLEARS - Wesleyan 28-37; RIT 27-35.

GOALIES
Wesleyan: Charlie Congleton, 60 minutes, 14 saves, 8 GA.
RIT: John Foley, 60 minutes, 12 saves, 11 GA.

2006-05-14



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