Grella steps in after halftime as men's lacrosse remains unbeaten in ECC

Tom Hughes had three goals for NYIT in snowy Rochester.
Tom Hughes had three goals for NYIT in snowy Rochester.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Philip Grella III stepped in after halftime in goal and Will Kistinger contributed four goals and three assists as the NYIT men's lacrosse team remained unbeaten in East Coast Conference play with a 15-11 win against Roberts Wesleyan on Saturday in snowy Rochester.

Matthew Chanenchuk, Tom Hughes and George Schultz contributed three goals apiece for the 10th-ranked Bears (5-1, 2-0 ECC).

Grella entered the game after usually sturdy Alex Seltzer had an erratic first half.

"He was able to shut the door a little bit," coach Bill Dunn said about Grella, a sophomore from Glen Cove who made four saves. "We have a good backup right now. Alex gave up some saveable shots he usually stops."

The game started an hour late as Roberts Weselyan personnel worked to clear the field of snow.

The teams were tied at 4 after Cody Menzies scored for Roberts Wesleyan 13 seconds into the second quarter. However, NYIT produced the next four goals to grab an 8-4 lead midway through that period and never trailed in the game.

"We scored a lot of goals and gave up a lot," Dunn said. "At the same time, going on the road, we didn't really have all that much sleep. We didn't get here until 1 in the morning. I don't know if we were tired or what.

"I thought we played well enough to win. They were pretty good. I thought our defense played well."

The Bears next play on Wednesday at St. Michael's.