Lepinski nets hat trick, leads NJIT to 5-2 win over Ramapo

January 27, 2016

Sun, Sep 27, 2015

MONSEY, NY – NJIT 5-2 victory spoils Ramapo’s return to the intercollegiate ice hockey world.

NJITAfter a 31-year hiatus, intercollegiate ice hockey returned to Ramapo College. The Roadrunners Ice Hockey Club Division III team opened its 2015-16 season against Division II New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Center ice pre-game ceremonies honored Ramapo College alumni hockey players from the original ice hockey program, many of who are inductees in the Ramapo College Athletic Hall of Fame The new program has received outstanding support from former players as well as other Ramapo College alumni.

Adrenalin sparked the Roadrunners from the outset.  Aggressive hitting and fore-checking paid off at 10:19 when senior forward Chris Mecca scored the first Ramapo Goal in 31 years. At 14:31, Matthew Lepinski tied the score on an unassisted power player goal.

The Roadrunners scored the only goal of the second period at 10:06. Up a man, Chris Mecca scored his second goal of the game on an assist from sophomore defenseman Marc Concato. Ramapo carried a surprising 2-1 lead over favored NJIT into the locker room after two periods.

NJIT’s more experienced and larger squad came out with reckless abandon to score four unanswered third period goals. Just 23 seconds into the period, David Ferrero scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at 2. Tom Murdy’s goal at 8:59 put NJIT ahead to stay. Michael Barrera was credited with an assist. Just 35 second later at 9:34 Matthew Lepinski scored an unassisted goal, his second of the game. The final blow sealing Ramapo’s fate came at 14:07 when Lepinski completed the hat trick with another unassisted goal. An exhausted Ramapo team could only muster 5 shots on goal in the third period versus 14 by NJIT.

NJIT outshot Ramapo 35-21 for the game.

Although Ramapo fought hard for two periods, NJIT ultimately proved too much for the fledging team. Most importantly, the team proved that they had the potential to be a competitive force with which to be reckoned.

Ramapo’s next game is at home against Division II Muhlenberg College on Sunday, October 4.