Leopards Throttle Wagner 19-2
Feb. 28, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette controlled all phases of the game en route to a 19-2 victory over Wagner on Wednesday night at Rappolt Field. Sophomore Mike Galione and freshman Brian Bock each racked up five points as 14 different Lafayette players contributed on scoring plays.
Senior Doug Prusoff found the back of the net three times, like Galione, and goalkeeper Andrijko Andrusko made three saves to earn his first win of the season.
"I was really happy with the effort our team gave from the start," head coach Terry Mangan said. "I also was proud of the way some of our younger players took advantage of their playing time tonight."
Nine minutes of scoreless action preceded the game's first goal as Wagner found the back of the cage with 5:53 showing in the opening quarter. Sam Morrissey connected with Mike Hurley to put the Seahawks (0-4) ahead.
The lead was short lived as Lafayette (2-1) ripped off 17 consecutive goals, including 10 in a row to end the half. Bock got the scoring started with an unassisted goal less than two minutes after Wagner's first goal. The freshman attacker beat Wagner's goalkeeper Nicholas Gibaldi between the legs to level the score at a goal apiece.
Less than a minute later Colin Serling ripped a shot off the left post to keep the game knotted. Bock then fed Prusoff, who fired a shot in the upper right corner, to put Lafayette ahead 2-1.
Prusoff opened the second quarter scoring with a shot over Gibaldi's head to push the lead to 3-1 with 14:17 to play in the half. Greg Allis' tally made it 4-1 less than a minute later prior to Galione setting up Serling for the first of his two goals.
Leading 5-1, Galione's low drive had enough power behind it to cross the goal line after Gibaldi got a piece of the shot. Galione then hooked up with Will Heffernan, who made it 7-1 at 6:51 before Heffernan assisted Cory Scheuerle's second goal of the season which prompted a Wagner timeout.
Heffernan's unassisted marker with 3:57 to go in the half extended the advantage to 9-1 and then the senior registered an assist on Lafayette's next goal. The goal, off the stick of Serling and under the crossbar, came on a man advantage with 1:37 until halftime and gave Lafayette a 10-1 lead going into the break.
Bock, Prusoff and Scheuerle each added goals in the second half, along with Galione who scored twice. Jake Mann scored his second goal of the year, Paul Hammer found the back of the cage as well as Keegan Lawton and Will Sweetland each scoring once in their first collegiate appearances.
The Maroon and White held the edge in shots (42-15) and ground balls (19-13). Lafayette won 14-of-25 faceoffs, led by seven wins each by Jake O'Brien and Anthony Zawadzki.
Lafayette capitalized on both of its extra-man opportunities and held Wagner scoreless on three man-up possessions. The Leopards also forced 21 Wagner miscues and turned it over 13 times themselves.
The Leopards travel to Rutgers on Saturday for a matchup with the Scarlet Knights at 1 p.m.