RIT sets mark for most goals in NCAA tournament game, beats Cabrini 22-13
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- For the fourth consecutive season, RIT advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship with a 22-13 win over Cabrini College (15-4) in the second round on Saturday at Tiger Stadium. No. 3 RIT (17-2), has won 11 consecutive games and halted No. 5 Cabrini's 12-game winning streak.
The Tigers outscored the Cavaliers 15-7 in the second half, advancing to the quarterfinals where RIT will face Tufts on Wednesday at Tiger Stadium.
“I am so proud how we battled through a tough first half,” RIT head coach Jake Coon said. “They [the Cavaliers] are a great team, and we needed a complete team effort to advance, and we got it [Saturday].”
Kyle Aquin led RIT with a career-high six goals, while Eddie Kiesa had a career-high eight points on four goals and four assists. Jack Krzyston, Taylor Wisman and Alec Sulesky each had three goals for the Tigers, who set a record for most goals scored in an NCAA tournament game. Allister Warren and Braden Wallace each had two assists, and Pat Johnston picked up the win in net for RIT, making eight saves.
Anthony DiSanzo led Cabrini with six goals. Corey Elmer tallied four points on two goals and two assists, while Bobby Thorp had a goal and an assist for the Cavaliers, who finished their season with a 15-4 record. Goalie Chris Treat took the loss in net, making 11 saves.
Shots were 45-33 in favor of RIT, while ground balls were 47-36 in favor of the Tigers. RIT won 23 of 38 faceoffs, led by junior Tyler Brooks-Lambert, who won 17 of 27 draws and recorded 13 ground balls. RIT's man-up unit, first in all of Division III, went 2-for-2 on the day and is now 42 of 72 (58.3 percent) on the season.
Cabrini led 4-3 after the first quarter as Damian Sobieski, Elmer, DiSanzo and Ethan Heisman each scored for the Cavaliers. Kiesa had two of RIT's three goals in the opening quarter, giving RIT a 3-2 lead. But, goals by Heisman and DiSanzo to close out the quarter gave Cabrini the one-goal edge.
DiSanzo opened the second quarter scoring tallying at the 10:46 mark off an assist from Elmer giving the Cavaliers a 5-3 lead.
Two consecutive man-up goals pulled RIT even at 5. Aquin scored his 49th goal of the season with 9:45 to play to make it 5-4. That was Aquin's 17th man-up goal of the season, breaking the school record of 16 set by Tom Kraft in 1988. Krzyston tied the score with 8:50 to play in the first half on his 44th tally of the season.
Matt Biegel answered right back for Cabrini, scoring a man-up goal off an assist from Elmer with 7:09 to play in the first half, giving Cabrini a 6-5 lead.
Goals by Sulesky and Luke Wolfe to close out the half gave RIT a 7-6 halftime lead.
Cabrini opened the second half with consecutive goals by DiSanzo and Hiesman, giving the Cavaliers an 8-7 lead with 14:28 to play in the third quarter.
RIT took control of the game from that point onward, rattling off six consecutive goals. RIT went go on to outscore Cabrini 12-1 in the next 16:08 to put the game out of reach.
“Winning faceoffs was a big factor in our run in the second half,” Coon said. “Brooks-Lambert, [Matt] Hossack and [Mac] Keehfus were all sharp for us at the faceoff X, getting to the loose balls and getting us into our offense.”
Wisman, Sulesky, Krzyton and Aquin each had goals in the six-goal outburst by the Tigers, with Aquin and Wisman each having a pair in that stretch.
Wisman’s 25th goal of the season with 3:14 to play in the third quarter gave RIT a five-goal edge, 13-8.
Thorp scored for Cabrini off an assist from Anthony DiNenno with 3:07 to play in the third, stopping the RIT run momentarily and cutting the Tigers' lead to 13-9.
Aquin scored his fourth of the game with three minutes to play in the third to make it 14-9 RIT heading into the fourth quarter.
The run continued into the fourth quarter as RIT scored the first five goals, taking a 19-9 lead on Kiesa’s fourth of the game off an assist from Wallace with 10:08 to play.
Sulesky, Krzyston and Zack Thompson each scored in the latter stages of the fourth to make it a 22-13 final.
RIT's 17 wins are the second most in one season in program history, just behind the 19 won by the 2011 squad that advanced to the national semifinals. RIT is 66-12 under Coon, now in his fourth season with the squad. The Tigers now have five players (Kryston, Kiesa, Aquin, Warren, and Wisman) with at least 50 points this season.
RIT will face Tufts for the third consecutive season in the NCAA tournament. In 2011, the Jumbos beat RIT 16-12 in the national semifinals on RIT’s Turf Field. Last year, RIT fell to Tufts 15-13 in Medford, Mass., in the quarterfinals.