ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Jordan Collins-Hartwig scored all of his career-high six goals in the second half as No. 8 RIT (10-2, 3-1 Liberty League) defeated No. 11 Union (8-3, 3-1 Liberty League) 10-6 in a key Liberty League game at RIT Field on Wednesday. RIT scored nine of its 10 goals in the second half and pull into a three-way tie with Union and St. Lawrence for first place in the conference standings.
Collins-Hartwig led RIT with his six goals. Alex Crepinsek, A.J. Tingle, Brendan MacDonald and Allister Warren each had goals for the Tigers, and Taylor Wisman dished out three assists.
Anthony DeLeo and the entire RIT defense were outstanding, holding Union to just six goals on the afternoon. DeLeo picked up his ninth win of the season, making a career-high 16 saves.
Nate Greenberg led Union with a pair of goals. Nolan Connors and Rob Santangelo each had a goal and an assist, while Jordan Andrews and Adam Rosenthal each scored a goal. Sean Aaron took the loss in net for the Dutchmen allowing 10 goals and making 12 saves.
Shots were even at 38 apiece. RIT held a slight advantage in ground balls 38-32. The Tigers were 18-of-19 on clearing attempts, while Union went 15-for-19. The Tigers were 2-for-5 on man-up, while Union went 1-for-3.
Each team was 10-of-20 on faceoffs. P.J. Hart won 7-of-12 draws and had six groundballs for RIT, while Tyler Brooks-Lambert won 3-of-8 and had one ground ball. RIT caused 10 turnovers led by Elliott Cowburn who had two.
After a scoreless first period, Union struck first with 12:25 to play in the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Santangelo.
Warren answered right back on RIT’s next possession with a well placed bounce shot from 12 yards out that beat Aaron over his shoulder tying the score at 1-1.
Nate Greenberg scored off an assist from Ethan Meyer with 5:46 to play in the half to give the Dutchmen a 2-1 halftime lead. Greenberg slipped away from his defender in front of the RIT net and Meyer found him with a pass, scoring from point blank range.
Collins-Hartwig got it going early in the third quarter, scoring off an assist from Wisman just :44 into the half, tying the score at 2-2.
After a Nolan Connors goal made it 3-2 Union, the Tigers rattled off a two-goal mini run on a pair of goals from Collins-Hartwig, giving the Tigers their first lead of the game with 7:36 to play in the third quarter.
Jonathan Andrews answered back for the Dutchmen at the 5:46 mark, tying the score at 4-4 off an assist from Greenberg.
Crepinsek gave RIT the lead back with 4:11 to play in the third on his second goal of the season. DeLeo, who had the assist on the play, made the save in the RIT end and fed Crepinsek with a perfect outlet pass. He sprinted into the Union zone and fired a shot that beat Aaron giving RIT a 5-4 lead.
Union kept coming back, tying the score with 3:01 to play in the quarter on an unassisted goal by Adam Rosenthal.
Tingle ended the third quarter with an unassisted goal to give RIT a 6-5 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.
The fourth quarter saw the Tigers roll off four straight goals to open the quarter. Collins-Hartwig had three of RIT’s four goals in that stretch, giving RIT a 10-5 lead, its largest lead of the game with 4:59 to play in the game.
Greenberg scored a man-up goal late in the contest to make it a 10-6 final.
The 10 goals scored by RIT were the most Union has allowed this season.