Created: 04/19/2014 11:36 PM WHEC.com
ROCHESTER, NY – The No.1 RIT (15-0, 5-0 Liberty League) men's lacrosse team returned to action on Saturday afternoon, defeating Skidmore College (4-10, 1-4 Liberty League), 23-4 on Senior Day at Tiger Stadium. The class of 2014, Tyler Brooks-Lambert (Seneca Castle, NY/Midlakes), Anthony DeLeo (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy), Joe Dupra (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon), Mac Keehfus (Jamesville, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt), Jack Krzyston (Bedford, NH/Bishop Guertin), Tyler Shaw (Tully, NY/Tully) and Taylor Wisman (Seattle, WA/Inglemoor) were honored before the start of today's game.
RIT out-shot Skidmore 55-24 and won the ground ball battle 49-20. The Tigers dominated at the face-off "X", winning 25-of-29 draws. The Tigers were 13-of-14 on clearing attempts and scored four times on three man-up chances.
Casey Jackson (Victoria, BC/Claremont) led RIT with seven points on three goals and four assists. Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) added six points on a goal and five assists, while Brooks-Lambert, Krzyston, Kyle Sterzin (Fairport, NY/Fairport), Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) and Beau Riley (Homer, NY/Homer) each scored a pair of goals.
Anthony DeLeo (Canandaigua, NY/Canandaigua Academy) improved to 5-0 on the season in net for RIT, making nine saves. Jarryd Lee (Melbourne, Australia/St. Leonards) played the final 12 minutes, making three saves. Brooks-Lambert went 18-of-19 on face-offs, grabbed 15 ground balls and scored two goals. JD Hall (Centennial, CO/Arapahoe) tallied a goal, dished out an assist and grabbed three ground balls.
Jackson opened the scoring, tallying his 40th goal of the season off a feed from Warren at 12:52. The Thoroughbreds tied the score at 1-1 with 10:04 to play in the first quarter on Quinn Hawkins' 24th goal of the season.
RIT ended the quarter with six straight goals, taking a 7-1 lead on Brooks-Lambert's fourth goal of the season. Six different Tigers scored in the run. Aquin kept the scoring run going with his 33rd goal early in the second quarter off a feed from Jackson giving RIT an 8-1 lead.
Freshman JD Hall (Centennial, CO/Arapahoe) made it 9-1 RIT with his eighth goal of the season at 6:56 of the second quarter. He scored off a feed from Braden Wallace (Oakville, Ontario/Abbey Park). Seth Berger broke the run for Skidmore, tallying his ninth goal of the season with 1:47 to play in the first half on a man-up chance.
Hawkins made it 10-3 RIT on his 25th goal of the season with 10 seconds to play in the half.
The RIT offense exploded in the third quarter, tallying nine goals, including three on a non-release man-up advantage early in the frame. Riley scored two of RIT's nine goals, as the Tigers took a commanding 19-3 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
The Tigers defense held the Thoroughbreds scoreless in the third quarter and allowed just one second-half goal.
Colby Brainard (Fredericksburg, VA/Brooke Point), Dave Shuster (Columbus, OH/St. Charles Prep), Sterzin and Reid Swier (Red Deer, Alberta/Rimbey) each scored in the fourth quarter to make it a 23-4 final.
Quinn Hawkins led Skidmore with three goals. Berger tallied the other goal, while Kevin Mulvey and Connor Hunter picked up assists. Matt Diaco took the loss in net for Skidmore, making seven saves.
The Tigers are now 3-0 all-time against the Thoroughbreds and have won 26 straight games at home over the last three seasons. RIT scored at least 20 goals in a game for the fourth time this season. They are out-scoring opponents, 254-119 this season.
RIT closes out the regular season on Saturday, April 26 when the Tigers face St. Lawrence University at 1 p.m. in Canton, N.Y.