Sunday, April 27, 2014
The College of Mount St. Joseph jumped out to a 6-4 lead at the half, and rode a strong second half performance on Saturday afternoon to claim a 2014 season-ending 12-6 win at MLC-rival Milwaukee School of Engineering. The Lions, winners of their final two games this season, finish the campaign at 4-13 overall, 3-7 in the conference.
Ryan Gallagher (Chicago, IL/St. Rita) got the scoring started for the Lions in the game, tallying a goal nearly midway through the first quarter, and teammate Jesse Mayer (Crestwood, KY/South Oldham) added a scored to give the Lions a 2-1 lead. MSOE cut the deficit to 2-1 before Gallagher scored two more times, and John Ewing (La Porte, IN/LaPorte) scored a goal to give the team a 5-1 lead after one quarter of action. The Mount would score only once in the second quarter, on a goal by Andrew Stoffer (Palatine, IL/Palatine), and withstand an MSOE comeback attempt to lead 6-4 at the half. Ewing and Gallagher scored two goals each in the third quarter, with MSOE getting two goals, as the Lions entered the fourth quarter holding a 11-6 lead. Stoffer added his second goal of the game in the fourth quarter - the only score of the final 15 minute period - for the final margin.
The Lions out-shot MSOE 42-17 in the game, and forced 33 turnovers. Gallagher finished with five goals against MSOE while Ewing had three goals and Stoffer scored twice and added three assists. Cory Wojciechowski (Las Vegas, NV/Community College East) chipped in four assists. Joe Illencik (Youngstown, OH/Cardinal Mooney) started in goal and posted the win, making two saves. Mike Weil (Cincinnati, OH/Elder) played the second half and had three saves.
Gallagher finished the season with a team-high 30 goals and 42 points while Wojciechowski had a team-high 21 assists. Both Weil and Illencik had two wins in goal for the season, with Weil posting a team-best 138 saves.