Jaspers Pick up First Win of 2012 Season
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Freshman attacker Matt Thistle scored a career high three goals as the Manhattan men's lacrosse picked up their first win of the year, 11-9, over Providence at Gaelic Park on Saturday afternoon. Thistle added two assists to his stellar game while Brian McGrath also tallied a hat trick in the victory.
Manhattan (1-2) jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the first quarter. Thistle scored two goals in the period, which were sandwiched around an Andrew Barton tally, before Brendan Rogers and McGrath pushed the advantage to three.
The Friars would then score two quick goals in the second, making the score 4-3 Jaspers with 9:10 to play in the frame. Tyler Jarvis attempted to stop the momentum with his goal at 5:31, but back-to-back scores by Niall Cahill and Paul Carafello knotted thins up at five a piece.
McGrath made sure that his team would go into the break with the lead when he took a pass from Thistle and ripped a shot past Providence keeper Christian Dzwilewski with a little more than two minutes until halftime, giving the Jaspers a 6-5 advantage.
One minute into the third quarter, Kevin Cox recorded the first goal of collegiate career to push Manhattan ahead by two. The two squads would trade tallies in the period, making the Jaspers lead 8-6 heading into the final 15 minutes.
McGrath notched his second hat trick of the season just 17 seconds into the fourth quarter as he kicked off a string of three straight goals for Manhattan who went up 11-6 with 9:20 remaining. Providence (1-2) would score the final three goals of the game but be unable to threaten the Jasper lead.
Eight different Friars scored in the game with Barton notching two goals to lead their scorers. Meanwhile, Manhatan had five different goal scorers with Thistle, Jarvis, McGrath, and Rogers each giving multi-goal efforts. Rogers also registered four assists in the game as he had a game high six points to go along with four ground balls.
Freshman Brian Lenskold helped the offense get rolling winning 16 of the 20 face offs he took throughout the contest. Sophomore goalkeeper Rich Akapnitis made 10 saves in the game, has he picked up his first win of the season.
Dzwilewski, who started in net for Providence, made nine saves on the day before being pulled in favor of Peter Badgley who made two stops in the contest.
The Jaspers controlled possession the majority of the game winning 17 of the 24 total face-offs and picking up 37 ground balls compared to 35 from Providence. The also outshot the Friars 34-27 in the contest. As a team, Manhattan was 1-2 on their extra man opportunities and 8-12 in clear attempts. Providence was 3-5 on their EMO's and successfully completed 12 of 14 clears.
Manhattan (1-2) is back in action on Tue., March 6 when they travel to #2 John's Hopkins for a 3:30 p.m. start. The game will be tape delayed on ESPNU.
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