Written by Andrew Capitelli (SJC-LI Sports Information)
Patchogue, NY| Senior Josh Shaw registered three goals and added four helpers as the St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's lacrosse team defeated NCAA Division II side St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) 12-6 at Danzi Stadium on Tuesday evening.
With the win the Golden Eagles improve to 2-1 overall on the year as the Spartans slip to 2-2.
Shaw, who now leads SJC with 15 points, registered a total of eight shots in the contest and led all players with seven points.
Freshman Chris Nielsen opened the scoring 2:03 into the contest before Murray doubled the hosts' lead just over two minutes later with his fifth goal of the season.
Murray found the twine again with 3:40 to play in the first and Shaw's mark with less than one minute to play ensured SJC entered the second quarter up 4-0.
STAC matched St. Joseph's two goals in the second quarter, but after halftime the Golden Eagles opened the floodgates and kicked off a 5-0 run that featured goals from Reece (2), Hickey (2) and Shaw to go ahead 11-2.
The Spartans would rattle off four of the game's final five tallies but it would not be enough as SJC rode out a 12-6 victory.
St. Joseph's outshot STAC 35-26 but ground ball totals were even at 25 apiece. SJC also held marginal edges in both caused turnovers (9-7) and faceoffs (11-10).
The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, March 10 when they head to Scranton, PA to face Marywood University in a non-conference contest at 5:00pm. Live stats for the game will be available here.