OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (Feb. 27, 2012) - In a highly defensive game, sixth-ranked NYIT men's lacrosse faced a hard-fought 6-5 loss to St. Anselm Monday afternoon at President's Stadium. The two teams combined 40 turnovers and 66 groundballs.
Freshman Brandon Gamblin (Lake Grove, N.Y.) led the Bears' (2-1) attack with two goals, while Jason Smith (Setauket, N.Y.), Ryan Brunet (South Beach), and Cory Triola (Levittown, N.Y.) each added one goal. For St. Anselm (1-1), Andrew Messner led with two goals and Tyler Steinetz scored the game-winner.
In goal, Billy McGee (Rocky Point, N.Y.) faced his first loss of the season while making a game-high 14 saves. The win went to Jonathon O'Reilly (1-1), who made 10 saves.
NYIT quickly jumped to an 2-0 lead on goals from Gamblin and Smith and eventually earned a 3-1 edge at the end of the first period on a goal by Triola on a man-up opportunity. However, St. Anselm found its momentum in the second period and knotted the score 3-3 with 2:03 remaining. Yet, with just 10 seconds to go, the Bears regained control of the scoreboard with a strike by Brunet, 4-3. The Hawks dominated the third period and scored twice to take a one goal lead 5-4 heading into the final period.
In the fourth period, Gamblin knotted the score with 5:35 to play. The Bears then won the face-off and proceeded to pepper the Hawks goal. Smith attempted three of the seven shots that were taken over a three minute span, with one hitting the post. At 2:51, the Bears final shot, by Andrew Incantalupo (East Shirley, N.Y.), bounced off the crossbar all the way to midfield where the Hawks regained control. Ryan Mee took the ball up the field and found James Peters, whose shot was saved by McGee with 1:54 to play.
NYIT attempted the win on a shot by Incantalupo with 50 seconds to go but O'Reilly made the save and fed the ball back to Peters. Tyler Steinetz then scored the game-winning goal for St. Anselm off an assist by Geoff Kennedy with seven seconds remaining in regulation. Even though the Gamblin won the final face-off, the Bears turned the ball over with 0.2 seconds remaining to close out the contest.
NYIT returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 29 when it hosts American International. Face-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at President's Stadium.