PR – Sailfish Rout FIU in Season Opener

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For Immediate Release – Sailfish Rout FIU in Season Opener, 19-9

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Despite a slow start to the 2012 season, Palm Beach Atlantic University followed through with an eleven goal run between the second and fourth quarters to ice away a 19-9 victory on Tuesday night against Florida International University.

Palm Beach Atlantic (1-0) fell early, conceding an early goal at 14:07, before tying the game at 9:27 off an unassisted goal from Joe Ciringione (Merrick, NY/Sanford H. Calhoun). Florida International (0-1) battled throughout the first quarter with the Sailfish, but two goals from Dave Schultz (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary’s) and three more points from Ciringione gave PBA a 5-4 lead after one quarter.

At 13:25 of the second quarter, Palm Beach Atlantic grabbed a 6-4 lead with the second of six goals from Colin Price (Fairfax Station, VA/Lake Braddock), but it was short-lived. Three straight goals from the Golden Panthers, the last coming at the 7:09 mark, gave Florida International a 7-6 lead. PBA held possession for the remainder of the quarter, with goals from Bobby Hantske (Annapolis, MD/Southern) and Ryan Talks (Palm Beach, FL/St. Andrews) giving the ‘Fish an 8-7 lead at halftime.

The story of the game quickly became a litany of penalties called throughout the hard-hitting contest. In the first half, Palm Beach Atlantic converted on three of six extra-man opportunities. In total, FIU committed eighteen penalties for 16 minutes of total penalty time throughout the course of the game and PBA was 8-for-18 (45%).

Throughout the midway point of the game, Palm Beach Atlantic buckled down defensively, shutting out the Golden Panthers over a period of 29:15 (including the entire third quarter).

In the second half, the Sailfish scored at will, with goals from Ryan Talks, Colin Price, and Bobby Hantske early in the third quarter. Two goals apiece from Price and Schultz expanded the lead to 15-7 at the end of the third quarter.

Freshman Dan Barry (Whitesboro, NY/Whitesboro) started the scoring in the fourth quarter, extending the lead to 16-7; Ciringione added another shortly thereafter. At the 7:44 mark, FIU finally scored again on a man-up goal to trim the lead. Willy Meyer (Palm Beach, FL/The Lawrenceville School) finished all scoring on a goal from Dan Barry with :30 remaining in the game.

Attackman Joe Ciringione led all Sailfish with three goals and six assists, while Colin Price tallied six goals and two assists. At the midfield, Dave Schultz finished with four goals and one assist, and Bobby Hantske had three points. In goal, junior Cory Ender (Putnam Valley, NY/Putnam Valley) finished with seven saves; Ryan Talks had three saves in second-half action.

The Sailfish return to action on Sunday, February 12 at 1 p.m. against the University of Florida (Division I, SELC). Follow Palm Beach Atlantic men’s lacrosse on Twitter (@PBALacrosse) for more details.

Game Notes:
–With the 19-9 win, Palm Beach Atlantic is now 3-0 all-time versus Florida International University.
–Senior attackman Joe Ciringione leads all Sailfish in points scored with nine (9). Sophomore attack man Colin Price leads in goals scored with six (6).
–Palm Beach Atlantic was 8-for-18 on extra-man opportunities (45%).
–Palm Beach Atlantic was nearly perfect on clears, finishing 20/22 (91%).
–Palm Beach Atlantic finished 10/29 on face-offs (34.5%).