Men's Lacrosse Entertains Manhattan
April 7, 2014
The Leopards host Manhattan in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday night at Fisher Stadium. Lafayette enters the contest 2-8 overall, while the Jaspers hold a 2-9 mark this season. Brian Bock and Robert Orazietti each tallied a pair of goals in the Leopards 10-5 loss at Holy Cross on Saturday.
Scouting the Jaspers
Manhattan enters the contest at 2-9 overall and have dropped their past two games to Delaware and Canisus. The Jaspers are lead on attack by Ryan Payton who tops the squad with 15 goals. Patrick Hodapp has added 13 goals and a team-high seven assists. Brett Madarasz has also dished out seven helpers for Manhattan. Sean McMahon has collected 66 groundballs. Rich Akapnitis has started 11 games for the Jaspers between the pipes. He has made 144 saves for a .518 save-percentage to go along with a 12.47 goals-against average.
The Leopards are coached by Jim Rogalski, in his second season on College Hill. Rogalski currently holds a 23-32 mark on the Lafayette sidelines. Steve Manitta, who is in the midst of his second season, mans Manhattan. Manitta is 6-20 during his two seasons with the Jaspers.
This is the third meeting in the all-time series between the Leopards and the Jaspers. Manhattan has won the previous two games including last year in Riverdale, N.Y., 11-7.
Brian Bock leads the Lafayette attack with 14 goals and five assists. Robert Orazietti is second on the team with 11 goals. Sonny Round is tied for the team lead in points (19) and leads the team with 11 assists.
Mac Ahsler anchors the Lafayette defense with a team-high 12 caused turnovers and 23 ground balls. Matt Evans has caused nine turnovers and picked up 24 ground balls. Adam Broeckaert and Erik Cannon have split time at the faceoff dot and have picked up 31 and 26 ground balls. Jake Hyatt has started nine games in goal for the Leopards. The senior is second in the Patriot League making 11.11 saves per game.
Lafayette will visit Bucknell Friday night for its final road contest of the season. The Leopards will then conclude the regular season at home against Lehigh on Friday, April 18. The game will have an admission fee of $5 for bleacher seats and $10 for chairback seats. Fans should enter Fisher Stadium through Gate #2. Maroon & White faculty, staff and students with a current ID will receive free admission.