Men's Lacrosse Downed By Molloy In Final Non-League Tilt

Pregame huddle.
(Photo by Steven R. Smith)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Felician University sophomore midfielder Anthony Hanratty (Hewitt, N.J./West Milford) registered his first goal of the season, but it stood alone on the scoreboard as the Golden Falcons suffered a 20-1 non-conference men's lacrosse loss to visiting Molloy College on Wednesday night at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Wednesday's contest was a make-up of the teams' snowed-out affair on Mar. 2. It was the final non-league game of the season for Felician (0-8), which has a week off before opening Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference play at Chestnut Hill College on Apr. 10 in Lafayette Hill, Pa.

Junior attack/midfielder Kevin Pastier (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview) paced Molloy (4-6) with six goals and one assist and freshman attack Brian Ford (Northport, N.Y./St. Dominic's) scored five goals. The Lions received six assists from junior Anthony Teresky (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh).

Defense and midfield play ruled the game's early minutes. As the first quarter wore on, the Molloy offense began to assert itself. Pastier hit a goalpost with a shot during a man-up opportunity, but the game remained scoreless nine minutes into the action.

Ford put the Lions on the board with 5:39 left in the opening period, and Pastier found the cage at the 2:32 mark. Molloy owned a 13-3 shot advantage for the quarter, but Felician junior goalkeeper Pat Hemmer (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) made three saves, and three other Lion shots bounded off posts.

The Golden Falcons' James D'Albora (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) picked up the ground ball from the second quarter's opening faceoff and streaked down the middle of the field. He found the stick of Hanratty who finished at the 14:48 mark to pull the hosts to within 2-1.

But Felician had trouble generating offense for the balance of the evening. Molloy piled up a 56-15 edge in shots, and the Golden Falcons put only four shots on goal. Felician committed 25 turnovers and picked up only half as many ground balls as its guests (42-21).

The Lions systematically built a 7-1 advantage with 6:44 to play until halftime, then scored twice in 10 seconds late in the second quarter to lead, 9-1, at the break. Pastier put the game away by notching the first four goals of the second half.

Both starting goalies logged 45 minutes. Hemmer made eight saves and led the Golden Falcons with four ground balls, while Molloy's Michael Kessler (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) stopped three shots. Lion senior Justin English (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) was 14 for 19 from the faceoff spot with eight ground balls and two goals.