RIT advances to NCAA quarterfinals
Tigers break open game in second half to down W. New England
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Kyle Aquin scored four goals and Taylor Wisman dished out four assists to lift No. 7 RIT (17-2) to a 15-9 victory against Western New England (13-5) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon. It is the third consecutive year the TIgers have advanced to the quarterfinals, and it will be their 11th trip overall to the round of eight.
Aquin led the Tigers with four goals. The freshman midfielder has 10 points on nine goals and an assist in four postseason games this year. Wisman led RIT with five points on a goal and four assists. A.J. Tingle and Tyler Russell each had three points on two goals and an assist.
Brendan MacDonald had a goal and two assists, while Jordan Collins-Hartwig scored two goals. Alex Crepinsek and Jack Krzyston each scored a goal, and Anthony DeLeo picked up his 15th win of the season making 11 saves.
Sean Lawton led Western New England with three goals on the afternoon. James Reardon had a goal and two assists, while Patrick White and Adam Knapton each had a goal and an assist. Brewster Knowlton took the loss for Western New England allowing 15 goals and making 14 saves.
Western New England held a 37-34 shot advantage, and held a 38-37 ground ball edge. The Tigers won 15-of-28 faceoffs, led by Tyler Shaw had went 7-of-8 all in the second half. RIT went 1-for-2 with the man advantage, while the Golden Bears were 0-for-1 on man-up. RIT committed 15 turnovers to 21 for Western New England.
RIT opened the scoring with two consecutive goals from Crepinsek and Aquin to give the Tigers an early 2-0 lead.
Sean Lawton and James Reardon scored back-to-back goals for Western New England to tie the score at 2-2 with 4:30 to play in the opening quarter.
MacDonald and Russell scored consecutive goals late in the first quarter, giving RIT a 4-2 lead.
Patrick White scored off an assist from Reardon with 26 seconds to play in the quarter, making it a 4-3 Tigers lead after one quarter of play.
Corbett Corrigan Harreys and Knapton opened the scoring for Western New England in the second quarter, giving the Golden Bears their first lead at 5-4.
The Tigers answered right back with three consecutive goals from Tingle, Aquin and Krzyston, increasing the Tigers lead back to two goals at 7-5 with 4:10 to play in the first half.
Collins-Hartwig sandwiched a goal between Western New England goals late in the half, making it 8-7 RIT at the break.
RIT opened it up in the second half, outscoring Western New England 7-2. DeLeo made six of his 11 saves in the second half, including six in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers broke the game open with back-to-back goals to end the third quarter and three consecutive tallies to open the fourth quarter, extending their lead to seven goals on Tingle's 25th tally of the year.
Aquin scored two of his four goals in the second half, while Wisman dished out two of his four assists in the second half, and scored a goal. Tom Riley, Russell, Tingle and Collins-Hartwig each had goals in the second half for RIT.