RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Entering the game averaging six goals an outing, the Hawks’ offense exploded for 18 goals and the Hawks’ defense locked down its opposition for the second game in a row as the Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team downed Manhattan at Gaelic Park on Saturday afternoon. With their second win this week, the Hawks improve to 2-3 while Manhattan falls to 2-3.
Junior attackman Chris Blewitt led seven Hawks in scoring with a career-high five goals, including four in the first half, while junior attackman Jason Kelly added a career-high six points on a career-high four goals and career-high two assists. Senior midfielder Kevin Reidinger added a hat trick in the victory.
Up by two after the first 15:00, the Hawks peppered the cage with six goals and held the Jaspers to just one score in the second quarter to take an 11-4 lead into the halftime break.
Reidinger (14:00) and junior attackman Patrick O'Brien (7:42) scored back-to-back SJU goals to open the third quarter, and after a Manhattan goal at 6:23, Kelly responded under a minute later (5:35) to give the Hawks a 14-5 advantage entering the final 15:00.
Blewitt (14:36) and Kelly (11:40) didn't waste any time extending that lead before redshirt freshman attackman Michael Major scored back-to-back goals (8:12, 4:13) to get SJU to its 17th and 18th goals of the day.
For the game, Saint Joseph's held a 40-31 edge in shots, including a 23-10 advantage in the first half, and battled for 35 ground balls compared to Manhattan's 26. With a slew of penalty calls against the Crimson and Gray, the Jaspers saw multiple extra-man opportunities, but SJU's defensive unit held Manhattan to just 1-for-7 in EMOs, including a perfect 0-for-4 fourth quarter.
The Hawks went 16-for-27 in face-off possessions, once again led by Danny Manning's dominance at the X; the senior went 13-for-18 to go with three ground balls.
On the defensive end, junior Austin Smith impressed with a game-high six ground balls and added two goals for the Hawks.
Senior goalkeeper T.J. Jones (2-3) made seven saves and allowed five goals in 52:06 for his 28th career victory in net, while junior goalkeeper Pat Dallon made three saves and allowed just one Manhattan score in nearly eight minutes of work.
Saint Joseph’s returns home to host Monmouth this upcoming Friday, March 10. Opening face-off is set for 4:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.