March 15, 2009

Rochester, N.Y. - Junior Mike Rabbitt (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) scored three goals and dished out an assist to lead #2 Le Moyne to an 11-5 win over #4 Mercyhurst in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Saint John Fisher College.

Rabbitt tallied one goal in the opening quarter and added a pair in the second quarter as the Dolphins built a 7-3 halftime lead. Sophomore attackman Jack Harmatuk (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Syracuse) posted two goals and an assist, while freshman Mike Byrnes (Tully, N.Y./Tully) scored twice.

Harmatuk gave the Dolphins an early 1-0 lead with a goal at the 13:21 mark off an assist from classmate Nick DiSarro (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna). The Lakers answered back with a pair of goals by Ryan Arnold seven and one-half minutes apart. Rabbitt and Byrnes netted goals less than one minute apart to give Le Moyne a 3-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Senior midfielder Brian Welch (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) and Mercyhurst's Michael Duggan traded goals over the opening five minutes of the second quarter before the Dolphins tallied six consecutive goals to put the game away. Senior midfielder Brooks Robinson (Preble, N.Y./Tully) scored off a feed from sophomore attackman Jack Venditti (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) to ignite the run. Rabbitt followed with a pair of man-up goals off feeds from Robinson and Welch in the final 2:31 of the second quarter.

Following a failed clear attempt by the Lakers, Harmatuk picked up the ground ball and fed Byrnes for his second goal of the contest. Sophomore midfielder Matt Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) gave the Dolphins a six-goal advantage off a pass from Rabbitt with 4:13 remaining in the third quarter, while DiSarro closed out the period with an unassisted tally.

Mercyhurst closed to within 10-5 with consecutive goals by Mike Thon in the opening 3:28 of the fourth quarter, but could not get any closer. Harmatuk capped the game's scoring with sixth goal of the season at the 4:04 mark.

Senior goalkeeper Doug McIver (Altamont, N.Y./Albany Academy) made 10 saves in net for the Dolphins for his sixth career double-digit save performance. Senior long-stick midfielder Marc Cizenski (Syracuse, N.Y./West Genesee) led the defense by causing four turnovers and picking up two ground balls. Jason LaShomb made 13 saves in between the pipes for Mercyhurst.

Le Moyne (3-0) returns to action on Saturday, March 21 at the Carrier Dome against #3 C.W. Post at 5:00 p.m.

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#2 Le Moyne 11, #4 Mercyhurst Mercyhurst (2-1) 2 1 0 2 - 5 Le Moyne (3-0) 3 4 3 1 - 11

Mercyhurst (2-1): SCORING: Mike Thon (2-0), Ryan Arnold (2-0), Michael Duggan (1-0), Mike Bartlett (0-1), Kyle Plante (0-1). GOALKEEPING: Jason LaShomb (59:59, 11 GA, 13 saves), Zach Nash (0:01, 0 GA, 0 saves).

Le Moyne (3-0): SCORING: Mike Rabbitt (3-1), Jack Harmatuk (2-1), Mike Byrnes (2-0), Brooks Robinson (1-1), Brian Welch (1-1), Nick DiSarro (1-1), Matt Chadderdon (1-0), Jack Venditti (0-1). GOALKEEPING: Doug McIver (60:00, 5 GA, 10 saves).