BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Senior midfielder Dominick Falanga scored three goals in a span of 5:57 early in the second half, powering St. Francis Brooklyn to a 3-1 Northeast Conference victory over Robert Morris at Brooklyn Bridge Park Friday evening.
The Red & Blue improved to 8-4-1, 2-0-1 while the Colonials dropped to 2-9-3, 1-2-1.
The victory also provided 11th-year head coach Tom Giovatto with his 100th career win, all coming on the Terriers’ sideline. Giovatto raised his record at St. Francis Brooklyn to 100-67-30. The Terriers have gone 8-0-1 over the last two seasons in NEC play and have won three league championships over the past four seasons.
The visitors got on the board first as midfielder Keane McIvor beat goalkeeper Roberto Bazzichetto (four saves) in the 18th minute. Bayley Winkel and Corey McCurdy were both awarded assists. Mcivor tapped the ball into the lower right-corner past a charging Bazzichetto for the Colonials’ lone tally.
The hosts, who outshot Robert Morris by an 8-2 count in the opening half, got new life in the 54th minute as Falanga began his scoring onslaught.
Senior midfielder Federico Curbelo initiated the opening tally as he found Falanga all alone at the top of the box. Falanga sent a hard shot just inside the far post.
Falanga struck again in the 58th minute after receiving a long ball from freshman Chris Gruver that was launched from well past the midfield line. Falanga advanced the ball a few yards towards the goal by heading Gruver’s long-arching pass to himself. He beat keeper Winter Fondi with a point-blank shot to the lower right-corner.
Falanga completed his hat-trick in the 60th minute as he took another feed from Curbelo and bent in a winner from 20-yards out towards the upper-right corner of the net.
“I’m proud of the team because we stayed as a unit and kept our composure after we were down at the half,” said Falanga, who said that the hat trick was his first at any level. “I’m confident in the group of guys that we have and we’ll continue to get better with each game.”
St. Francis Brooklyn outshot the Colonials, 14-7.
The Terriers will host Saint Francis U. Sunday at 1 p.m.