PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University men's lacrosse team built up a big lead after three quarters against Rivier in their GNAC Tournament first round game. The Wildcats needed that cushion as they fended off a Raiders' comeback in the 17-14 victory on Tuesday.
Johnson & Wales: 12-6
Max Stone (Burlington, Conn.) scored two of his team-high five goals in the first period as the Wildcats jumped out to an early 3-1 lead.
The first of William Ryan's game-high six goals tied the contest at 4-4 with 2:25 left in the opening quarter. From there, however, Johnson & Wales outscored the Raiders, 8-1, to take a 12-5 lead into the locker room.
Eric Russo (West Grove, Pa.) scored three times during that run and assisted on two other goals.
Ben Farrell (Downingtown, Pa.) tallied two of his three goals in the third quarter, including a score with 28 seconds left in the period to stake JWU to a 15-8 lead.
Rivier scored seven-straight goals to start the fourth quarter and pulled to within 15-14 on a goal by Tyler Tambouris with 3:12 to play. Sam Sears (Baltimore, Md.) and Bret Verderber (St. James, NY) scored a pair of insurance goals to secure the win.
Johnson & Wales dominated the faceoffs, winning 27-of-33. Midfielder Owen Macca (West Hartford, Conn.) picked up a game-high seven ground balls as part of JWU's 44-33 edge.
Johnson & Wales goes on the road for the semifinals, traveling to Mount Ida on Thursday for a 6 p.m. contest. The Mustangs defeated the Wildcats, 9-8, during the regular season.