The #20 St. Joseph’s Hawks (4-1) flew into Kessler Stadium in West Long Branch, New Jersey to do battle with 2-3 Monmouth Hawks on a cold Saturday afternoon.
A defensive battle would yield only three first-quarter goals jump-started by Freshman, Matt Bohmer getting his first of his five helpers with a sweet feed to Austin Strazzula (1g) that gave the Philly Hawks a 1-0 edge with 8:31 showing on the game clock.
With time running out, the Jersey Hawks knotted it up with an unassisted tally from Mike McIntyre (1g) with only nine clicks on the clock.
Sophomore face-off wizard, Zach Cole (1g) won the ensuing faceoff and took it to the house with :01 on the time clock to close the first with St, Joe’s up, 2–1. The staunch defense from both clubs continued, but not before Matt Tufano (3g,1a) converted a Cole face-off win just ten seconds into the quarter.
Monmouth fought back with a Brock Anderson solo effort to close the half with the visitors holding a one-goal lead at 3-2.
Things opened up in the third with St. Joe’s outscoring Monmouth, 4–1.
Redshirt Freshman, Levi Anderson (2g,1a) and Sean Voelker (1g) notching his first of the campaign pushed St. Joe’s to a 5-2 edge before Zach Clemente (1g) nailed an unassisted goal to make it 5-3.
Bohmer went back to the grindstone and hit Tufano with a spot-on pass and Tufano would return the favor by assisting Andrew Chilson (1g) to end the third with the Philly Hawks holding a four-goal cushion at 7-3.
The final stanza was all about St.Joe’s who held Monmouth off the board while Tufano, Anderson and Evan Campbell (1g) poured salt in the Monmouth wounds to end the 10-3 game.
Dis and Dat: Loose balls were owned by St. Joe’s at 43-27 with an 18-4 edge in the final quarter.
FoGo Cole was, once again, outstanding with a goal and an 87.5% on faceoffs by winning 14 of 16 and garnering 10 loose balls.
Mike Adler kicked out 14 shots in the St, Joseph’s nets.