OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – Luke Miller netted five goals to lead No. 5 NYIT to a 14-10 victory against No. 11 Saint Michael’s on Saturday afternoon at President’s Stadium.
Ryan Brunet recorded a hat trick for the Bears (5-1), while junior Cory Triola and rookie Shawn Murphy had two goals each. Mike Ross and Dermott Kramer chipped in with a goal each.
Joe Fallon earned the win in goal. He played all 60 minutes and made 11 saves on 32 shots faced. The loss went to Chris DeMairo (1-2), who made five saves in 38:16 minutes played. Marty Vanzo led the Purple Knights (1-2) with three goals and a assist.
It was a close game played throughout as the Purple Knights kept the score within two goals for most of the contest. NYIT got on the board early with a goal from Triola just 49 seconds into the game. The Bears scored twice more and led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter. Miller opened the second stanza with an unassisted goal at the 12:47 mark. But back-to-back goals from Saint Michael’s knotted the score at 4 with 7:43 remaining. It was the only time in the contest the score was tied. NYIT regained control with back-to-back goals from Brunet but Vanzo had the final say of the half to leave the Bears leading 6-5 at halftime.
NYIT pulled away by three goals, 8-5, in the beginning of the third quarter as Ross capitalized on a man-up opportunity and Miller tallied a hat trick. Murphy then gave the Bears its largest lead, 10-6, when he found the back of the net with two goals a minute apart.