ROCHESTER, NY – The RIT (15-1) men’s lacrosse team will host St. Lawrence in the Liberty League Semifinal on Friday (May 5) at 4:00 P.M.
RIT leads the Liberty League in scoring, averaging 16.24 goals per game, and are second nationally, converting 30-of-53 (.566) chances with the extra attacker.
RIT features 14 players with at least 10 points, and four players with 20 or more goals. Senior Luke Pilcher leads the Liberty League with 72 points on a league-best 48 goals and 24 assists. Senior John Mozrall is second on the team with 49 points (15g, 34a) and leads the league in assists. Sophomore Clifford Gaston is third with 46 points (35g, 11a) and leads the league, averaging 2.92 goals game. Senior TJ Hendricks is fourth with 39 points (28g, 11a).
RIT, ranked third in this week’s USILA Division III Coach’s Poll, is fourth in the Liberty League allowing 9.85 goals per game, and second averaging 10.12 caused turnovers per contest. The Tigers have killed off 43-of-65 man-up chances (66.1%) and won 54.3 percent (277-of-510) of their face-offs. RIT leads the Liberty League with 708 ground balls, averaging 41.65 per game. The Tigers are third in the country, clearing the ball 90.5 percent (362-of-400) of the time.
Graduate student goalie Will Sterrett is 9-0 and is third in the league with an 8.61 goals against average, and fifth in the league with a .558 save percentage. Junior Michael Grace leads the team and is third in the Liberty League with 30 caused turnovers, averaging 1.76 turnovers per contest. Graduate student Taylor Jensen leads the team with 64 ground balls and is second on the team with 22 caused turnovers.
Senior face-off specialist Ethan Stiles has won 56.0 percent (112-of-200) of his draws, while junior Nick Farrell is 51.9 percent from the face-off “X”, and third on the team with 60 ground balls.
Junior attack Ben Hutchinson scored with 29 seconds to play in overtime to give the Saints a 10-9 win at Clarkson in Tuesday’s first round game. He led St. Lawrence with three goals and an assist, while junior Judge Murphy tallied two goals and an assist.
St. Lawrence, ranked 15th in this week’s USILA Division III Coach’s Poll, is second in the league averaging 13.65 goals per game, and man-up scoring percentage (41.0%), converting 25-of-61 man-up chances.
Murphy leads the Saints and is second in the league with 63 points. He is fifth in the league with 37 goals and is tied for first on the team with seven man-up tallies. Hutchinson is second on the team and seventh in the league with 60 points and is tied for first in the conference with 48 goals. Graduate student Mark Mahoney is third on the team eighth in the conference with 57 points and is third in the league with 31 assists.
St. Lawrence is fifth in the Liberty League allowing 10.15 goals per game and sixth causing 8.24 turnovers per contest. The Saints are fifth the Liberty League killing 67.2 percent of their opponents’ penalties.
Sophomore goalie Michael Marinello is 12-5 on the season and is fifth in the league with a 10.16 goals against average and seventh with a .527 save percentage. Sophomore face-off specialist Paddy Condon is 11th nationally and second in the league winning 67.6 percent (230-of-340) of his face offs. He is second in the league averaging 9.29 ground balls per game. Graduate student Joe Scarfi is sixth in the league causing 1.50 turnovers per game.
Pilcher led RIT with a career-high nine goals in the Tigers 21-15 win over St. Lawrence last Saturday (April 29). The Tigers outscored the Saints 11-6 in the second half, including 7-2 in the fourth quarter. Murphy led the Saints with four goals and three assists, while Hutchinson scored four goals. Sterrett made 12 saves in net for RIT, while Marinello made 13 saves in goal for the Saints.
RIT is vying for its 11th straight Liberty League crown, while the Saints look to win its sixth conference championship.
The winner will face Union or RPI in the Liberty League Championship on Sunday (May 7).