Posted: Apr 08, 2015
BOSTON, Mass. April 8, 2015 – Rivier fell the 13-4 to Emmanuel College in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action Wednesday evening at Roberto Clemente Field. The loss drops the Raiders to 10-3 and 2-3 in the GNAC, and ends their five-game win streak, while the Saints improve to 8-4 overall and 5-0 in GNAC play and have now won six games in a row.
EC jumped out to an early lead, scoring the game's first four goals. Junior middie Chris Curtis (Ashland, Mass.) buried a pair of unassisted markers during the first five minutes of play to put the Saints on top 2-0 before sophomore Donnie Litzelman (Stratham, N.H.) and junior Michael Rogers (New Haven, Conn.) added goals to give the hosts a 4-0 lead with 2:05 left to play in the first quarter.
The Raiders got on the board with junior Kyle Graham's (JR, Londonderry, N.H.) first goal of the night just 20 seconds after Roger's goal to cut the deficit to 4-1. Rogers responded quickly with his second goal of the quarter to make it 5-1 with 49 seconds left to play in the stanza.
Graham made it a 5-2 game with his team-leading 28th goal of the year in the second quarter, finishing a feed from junior Kevin Dembkoski (JR, Salem, N.H.). The Saints responded as junior Michael Donovan (Assonet, Mass.) registered his sixth goal of the year with a strong finish, making it 6-2 with 9:13 to play in the opening half. After over nine minutes of scoreless action, it looked like the Raiders would get into the halftime break down by four, but Emmanuel's senior attack Jake Jaskolski (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) had other plans as the captain scored with just three seconds left in the half with an upper corner strike to give the Saints a 7-2 cushion heading into the break.
Rivier was unable to gain traction in the 3rd quarter with Emmanuel opening up the 2nd half with three unanswered strikes as Jaskolski make it 8-2 before Litzelman scored his second and third goals of the evening to make it 10-2 midway through the third quarter. Rivier junior Cody Lynch(JR, Salem, N.H.) got one back for the Raiders, cutting the lead to 10-3 but Donovan would make it 11-3 with his second goal of the game late in the third.
Dembkoski rounded out the scoring for the Raiders with a man-up goal with 3:14 left in regulation to account for the 13-4 final.
Clark Plummer (SO, Londonderry, N.H.) finished with 11 saves for Rivier while Emmanuel senior goalie Austin Lauzier (Bedford, N.H.) recorded the win with seven saves before giving way to senior Justin Byers (Indianapolis, Ind.) who made one save for the Saints.
The Raiders return to action on Saturday, April 11, travelling to Norwich University for a 4:00 PM GNAC contest. Emmanuel plays the same day when they head to New Haven, Conn. for a 1:00 PM GNAC tilt against Albertus Magnus College.