Galassi Buries Seven Goals to Lead Men's Lacrosse Past Wagner
March 11, 2006
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette used a seven-goal explosion in 5:37 spanning the third and fourth quarters to run away with a 14-5 win over Wagner in men's lacrosse action on a balmy Saturday afternoon at Rappolt Field.
Freshman John Galassi scored seven goals, including three in the pivotal stretch, to pace the offense. Sean Burek found the net three times, while Leo Stinson scored twice and Ryan Spitz added a goal and two assists. Richard Selfridge scored his first career goal late in the match.
Galassi started the scoring 6:37 into the first quarter, then tallied twice in the second to rally the Leopards from a 3-2 deficit. Wagner scored its second man-up goal of the period with 1:35 left to tie the score at 4-all at the break.
Lafayette outshot the Seahawks 10-2 in the third quarter, but didn't score until Spitz netted his first of the year with 1:36 left. Stinson followed 57 seconds later off an assist from David Vollmer to make the score 6-4 going into the final stanza.
Andrew Horton and Spitz assisted on goals by Galassi just 23 seconds apart, at 14:21 and 13:58, in the fourth quarter. Burek put Lafayette ahead 9-4, Horton helped on a man-up goal by Stinson, and Galassi scored unassisted with 10:59 remaining to finish the blitz.
Jeff Policicchio broke the run with a man-down goal with 9:20 left to pull Wagner within 11-5. Galassi added his final goal with 4:34 on the clock, intercepting a pass in the offensive zone and scoring in the vacated net. Selfridge, from Scolaro, and Burek finished the scoring for Lafayette.
Lafayette held a 47-25 advantage in shots, including a 26-7 margin in the second half. The Leopards also dominated the face-off game, with Jamison Caldwell winning 12-of-15 and Brett Chalanick claiming 5-of-6 in the circle. The 17-5 advantage on face-offs helped Lafayette accumulate a 47-22 lead in ground balls, with Galassi, Peter VanderDrift and Keon West scooping up six each. West also caused three turnovers.
Jeff Canfield made 11 saves to earn his first career win. Dan Wernau made a pair of stops in the final 4:34 to close the match. Chris Sochacki played all 60 minutes in goal for the Seahawks and finished with 15 saves.
Lafayette, fresh off its first win of the season, will embark on its toughest stretch of the year with Patriot League matches against No. 4 Navy (Wednesday, March 15 in Annapolis) and Army (Tuesday, March 21 at Rappolt Field). The opening face-off for that contest will be at 7 p.m.
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