PITTSFORD, NY -- No. 1 RIT (6-0) needed four fourth-quarter goals to hold off cross-town rival St. John Fisher (2-2) 10-6 in non-conference action from Growney Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The TIgers outscored the Cardinals 4-0 in the fourth quarter to break open a 6-6 tie against the third ranked defense in NCAA Division III.
Casey Jackson and Kyle Aquin each scored four goals to pace the Tigers, who out-shot the Cardinals 43-28. Eddie Kiesa and Taylor Wisman scored the other RIT goals, while Kiesa dished out three assists and Wisman added two helpers.
RIT held a 38-17 ground ball edge, and were 13-of-19 on face-offs. The Tigers were 18-of-19 on clearing attemtps and went 0-for-1 on man-up, while holding Fisher to zero goals in four man-up tries. RIT's defense was stout, forcing 20 St. John Fisher turnovers and allowing the Cardinals just 16 clears in 26 attempts.
Tyler Brooks-Lambert went 13-of-19 on face-offs for RIT with six ground balls and an assist. Matt Hossack added six ground balls and caused five turnovers for the Tigers, while Anthony DeLeo made 10 saves in net for RIT, picking up his second win of the season.
Kiesa gave RIT a 1-0 lead at 12:30 of the first quarter off an assist from Hossack. Hossack came in and fed Kiesa off a fast break opportunity for the Tigers.
The Cardinals rallied, tallying three goals in a row to end the first quarter leading 3-1. Greg Ramsden, Nick Rossi and Gary Bova each scored for the Cardinals in the opening qaureter.
Aquin opened the scoring in the second quarter with two straight goals, followed by a goal from Jackson with 10:55 to play in the half, giving RIT its second lead of the day at 4-3.
Jeff Wester answered right back for the Cardinals with an unassisted goal with 8:33 to play in the second quarter, tying the score at 4-4.Jackson scored off an assist from Kiesa with 2:54 to play in the opening half, giving RIT a 5-4 lead at the break.
Brett Farrell took a pass from Rossi and opened the second-half scoring, tallying a goal at 14:18 of the third quarter, tying the score at 5-5. Wisman gave RIT a 6-5 lead on his goal with 8:48 to play in the third quarter off another nice feed from Kiesa. Bova closed out the scoring in the third quarter for FIsher, netting his seventh of the season with 5:26 to play, making it 6-6.
Aquin opened the scoring in the fourth quarter for RIT with his third goal of the game and first of the quarter, giving RIT a 7-6 lead. That goal would prove to be the game winner as the Tigers defense stiffened in the second half, killing off two straight penalties and holding the Cardinals to two goals including none in the fourth quarter.
Jackson took a feed from Allister Warren and scored his third of the game with 4:54 to play in regulation, padding RIT's lead to 8-6. On the ensuing face-off, Brooks-Lambert won the draw cleanly forward. He scooped up the ground ball and started the Tigers fast break, finding a wide open Aquin who buried the shot into the corner for his fourth of the game and gave RIT a 9-6 lead.
Jackson rounded out the scoring and put the game away for RIT with his fourth tally of the game off an assist from Wisman, making it a 10-6 final.
Bova led Fisher with two goals, while Wester, Farrell, Ramsden and Rossi each scored a goal for the Cardinals who fall to 2-2 on the season. Jamie Campagna made a career-high 19 saves in net for the Cardinals, taking the loss.
The Tigers came into the contest averaging 16.8 goals per game, sixth best in Division III. RIT is now 12-3 all-time against the Cardinals.