Written by Andrew Capitelli (SJC-LI Sports Information)
Patchogue, NY| Eight second-half goals saw the St. Joseph's College (L.I.) men's lacrosse team earn a 12-4 victory over Skyline Conference rival SUNY Maritime at home on Tuesday evening and sets up what could be a must-win match-up with Kean University on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles--who picked up their third-straight victory--move to 7-5 on the year with the win and 4-4 in conference play as the Privateers fall to 4-9 (2-6).
St. Joseph's offense was powered by senior Josh Shaw, who led all players with five goals and six points on the evening. Junior Casey Hickey (2 goals, 2 assists) and freshman Chris Nielsen (1 goal, 2 assists) would contribute four and three points, respectively.
Nielsen opened the scoring just 13 seconds into the game, but after going goal-for-goal with the guests the two sides wrapped the first quarter tied at two.
Hickey and Shaw's second quarter tallies ensured SJC took a 4-3 lead into the break following Kevin Izzo's mark early in the period, but the Golden Eagles would explode for eight more goals in the second half--highlighted by a stretch of seven-straight goals from seven different goal scorers--to surge to a 12-4 victory.
SJC held advantages in nearly all statistical categories, including shots (43-30) and ground balls (40-19) in addition to dominating on faceoffs (14-5).
Should Kean lose to second-place Stockton University on Wednesday evening, the Golden Eagles would have the chance to earn a Skyline Conference Championship berth on Saturday when they host the Cougars at 7:00 pm. Join us 20 minutes prior to the game as we honor our graduating seniors.