Site: Carnesville, Ga. (Rocky Ford Park)Score: Palm Beach Atlantic 21, Tennessee Wesleyan 9
Records: Palm Beach Atlantic (3-0), Tennessee Wesleyan (0-1)
Next PBA Event: Sunday, Feb. 17 — at Emmanuel (Carnesville, Ga.), 11:00 a.m.
CARNESVILLE, Ga. –– In a game where the lead was as large as fourteen, No. 22 Palm Beach Atlantic ran past Tennessee Wesleyan (0-1), 21-9. The Bulldogs, who have made the SELC Tournament four of the past five seasons, relented to the PBA momentum after falling behind 9-1 midway through the second quarter. Junior attackman Dominic Scalzo (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) assisted the first three Sailfish goals and finished with eight points on the day.
Two of those goals were scored by senior attackman Joe Ciringione (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun), who finished with four goals total. The unwavering Sailfish attack kept the goals coming, taking a 12-2 lead into the proverbial locker room at halftime. PBA’s Bobby Hantske (Annapolis, Md./Southern) notched the first half hat trick before adding two second half goals; on the day, he registered six points.
Abel Cartwright (Stuart, Fla./Jupiter Christian) received a crease feed from Scalzo to continue to scoring in the third. Goals from Colin Price (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) would bookend a three goal TWC run, sending the Sailfish and Bulldogs to the final quarter with PBA in the lead, 16-5.
The dodging efforts of Palm Beach Atlantic was superb; Scalzo, Hantske, and Price all scored unassisted to expand the Sailfish advantage at 19-5, the largest lead of the game. For the second time in as many games, Sailfish head coach Chris Southard emptied the bench in the second half and key time was seen for PBA reserves.
The final goal was scored by Jack East (Mableton, Ga./Whitefield Academy) on a beautiful question mark dodge from behind the net, setting the high mark for goals-per-game scored in 2013 at twenty-one.
Defensively, goalie Cory Ender (Putnam Valley, N.Y./Putnam Valley) led the ‘Fish with another strong effort, making fifteen saves with eight goals against. The four man rotation of Jon Gryskiewicz (West Palm Beach, Fla./The King’s Academy), Willy Meyer (Palm Beach, Fla./The Lawrenceville School), Jacob Morris (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield), and Justin Shockley (Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest) played exceptionally well throughout.
PBA is back in action tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. against Emmanuel College (0-1). This will be the first time the Lions, who are coached by former PBA assistant Patrick Johnston, have met the Sailfish. Follow Palm Beach Atlantic men’s lacrosse on Twitter (@PBALacrosse) for live-score updates of all Sailfish games this season.
–With the 21-9 victory, Palm Beach Atlantic now leads the all-time series 1-0. Both teams had never met previously.
–The Sailfish are currently ranked No. 22 overall in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse MCLA Coaches Poll this week.
–Palm Beach Atlantic finished 20/30 on clears (66.7%).
–Palm Beach Atlantic finished 17/34 on face-offs (50.0%).