BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (March 10, 2012) – No. 9 NYIT lacrosse faced a hard-fought 10-8 loss on the road to No. 5 Dowling. With the loss, the Bears dropped to 4-2 overall and evened to 1-1 in East Coast Conference play. The Golden Lions remain undefeated at 3-0 on the season and in league action.
Sophomore Bobby Calhoun (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and freshman Brandon Gamblin (Lake Grove, N.Y.) led the Bears in scoring with two goals each. Four other Bears netted a single goal.
Senior keeper Billy McGee (Rocky Point, N.Y.) was dealt the loss as he made 12 saves. He is now 4-2 on the season. The win went to Ryan Dougherty (3-0).
The Golden Lions took an early 2-0 lead and held the Bears scoreless for nearly seven minutes. Andrew Incantalupo (East Shirley, N.Y.) broke through the silence for NYIT with his second goal of the season. Tom Duggan (Levittown, N.Y.) dished out the assist. However, Dowling responded with back-to-back goals from Matthew Muzio to take a 4-1 edge with 6:10 to play. Yet, with 2:48 remaining in the period, the Bears began a 5-0 run that carried into the second period to earn a 6-4 edge with 9:11 to go before halftime. The rally began on an unassisted goal from Gamblin and ended on a man-up goal from Gamblin. NYIT held onto the lead heading into the locker room, 6-5.
However, the second half was dominated by Dowling. The Golden Lions scored twice during the third period to reclaim the lead while holding the Bears scoreless. Calhoun opened the final period with an unassisted goal at 13:18 but Dowling tacked on three more to lead 10-7. NYIT had the final say on a man-down goal from freshman Luke Miller (Mastic, N.Y.) with 27 seconds remaining.
For Dowling, Tom Cleary and Michael Brennan registered hat tricks with three goals each.
NYIT returns to action on Wednesday, March 14 when it hosts Bentley. Face-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. at President's Stadium.
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