Worcester, Mass. (April 6) -- Led by a hat trick from sophomore Ty Martina (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and a 13-save effort from goalie Will Contento (Marshfield, Mass.), the Assumption College men's lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season with a 10-8 victory over visiting American International College on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Assumption improves to 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the Northeast-10. The victory is also the first win at Assumption for first-year head coach Keith Loftis.
Sophomore John Greco (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) got the Hounds on the board just 56 seconds into the opening quarter for the 1-0 lead. The majority of the period was controlled by the Yellow Jackets though as the visitors outshot Assumption by a 12-6 margin in the quarter. Zak Guenther got the scoring started for AIC as he tied the game at 1-1 with 5:13 left in the period. Sophomore Bobby Spano scored an even-strength goal just 1:09 later to take the lead, followed by a man-up goal from Spano with just 1:48 on the clock for the 3-1 margin after one.
The Hounds quickly tied things up in the second as the first of Martina's three goals came with 11:57 left in the half. Senior Connor MacNeil (Wayland, Mass./Wayland) tied the game at 3-3, but that was short-lived as the Yellow Jackets scored twice in just over a minute to regain control at 5-3. The Hounds inched closer in the final minutes of the half as sophomore Garrett Smith (East Syracuse, N.Y./East Syracuse Minoa) took a pass from sophomore Tim Casey (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) for his 17th goal of the season and a 5-4 halftime score.
After Spano extended the lead back to 6-4, the Hounds put together a three-goal scoring run and eventually took the lead at 7-6 with 10:20 left in the third on the second goal of the game from MacNeil. Spano tied the game for a final time with three minutes left in the third before Martina put Assumption ahead to stay on a diving goal with 50 seconds remaining in the period.
Sophomore Peter Gersbeck (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) scored twice in the first four minutes of the final quarter to extend the lead to 10-7 as the Hounds came away with the eventual 10-8 win. Spano scored his fifth and final goal of the game with 1:39 left to account for the final scoring margin.
While Contento made 13 saves for the Hounds in the win, American International netminders Roger LeDoux and Alexis Buque combined for 11 stops in the loss.
Assumption won 12-of-21 faceoffs in the game, all of which were won by freshman Nick Guarino (Avon, Conn./Avon). The Hounds were effective in clears as well, converting 13-of-15 chances while forcing seven AIC turnovers on clear attempts as the Yellow Jackets converted just 8-of-15 opportunities. Assumption held a 45-42 edge in ground balls, led by a team-high six each from Contento and Guarino. Senior Pat Trainor (Webster, Mass./Saint John's) led the Hounds with a pair of caused turnovers as five different players forced Yellow Jacket turnovers.
Spano led all goal scorers for AIC with five goals, while Guenther posted two goals and two assists in the defeat. The Yellow Jackets were also effect in their man-up offense, converting 2-of-3 opportunities, which all came in the opening half of play.
Assumption is back in action on Tuesday, April 9 as the Hounds travel to Adelphi University for a 4 p.m. start in Garden City, N.Y. The Panthers are ranked No. 2 in this week's USILA Division II National Poll.
With the loss, American International falls to 2-9 overall and remains winless in Northeast-10 play at 0-7.
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