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D1 Men’s roundup: @LafayetteMLAX gives Loyola a battle; @DrexelMensLax, @DelawareMLAX fall

Sunday, 28th February 2016

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/28/16
From Press Releases

The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team used a strong first quarter to give No. 6 Loyola all it could handle on Saturday afternoon in a 12-8 defeat in Baltimore, Md.

The Leopards proved they belonged as Loyola, which had already beaten two top-10 ranked teams entering Saturday’s contest, led by just one at the end of the first quarter and never by more than four until the final two minutes of the game. The loss drops Lafayette to 1-2 on the season and moves the home side to 3-0 on the year.

“I thought we played hard for 60 minutes,” head coach Jim Rogalski said. “Loyola is a good team and you can’t give good teams second chances. We gave away opportunities on some failed clears and some poor decisions, offensively. That being said, I think we’re a good team and we’ll get this cleaned up.”

Juniors Eric Joseph and Jason Sands picked up right where they left off against Wagner last weekend, connecting for the first goal of the game just two minutes into the contest. Loyola’s Pat Spencer came back with a pair to give the Hounds a 2-1 lead, but the Leopards came right back as Joseph and Connar Dehnert shifted the advantage to 3-2 in Lafayette’s favor.

Two more from Loyola to finish off the first quarter made it 4-3 into the first break. The Hounds scored the only two goals of the second as well to take a 6-3 advantage into the halftime intermission.

The Leopards came out with renewed focus in the third, scoring the first two goals off the sticks of Joseph and Scott McAvoy to cut the Loyola lead to one, 6-5. However, three back from the home side opened up a four-goal advantage with just over 18 minutes of action remaining.

Sands’ tally to begin the fourth made it a three-goal game at 9-6, but Loyola would go on to score three of the final five to finish off the Leopards with a score of 12-8.

Senior Ben Falcone had another excellent day between the pipes, making 12 saves despite the loss. Joseph finished with four goals for the Maroon and White as Kevin Lewis, Sands, Dehnert and McAvoy rounded out the scoring with one each.

Shots were 37-24 in favor of Loyola and faceoffs were fairly even with Loyola winning 13 of the 24. Lafayette took advantage of all three of its extra-man opportunities, but committed 18 turnovers compared to 10 for the opposing side.

The Leopards are back in action on Saturday, hosting Army at Fisher Stadium at 12 p.m.

Albany 20, Drexel 14

Albany broke open a close game with seven fourth-quarter goals and defeated the Dragons. The No. 18 Great Danes were knotted at 13-13 after three quarters, but Seth Oakes scored three of his game-high six goals in the final 15 minutes to give Albany its first win of the year.

Matthew Varian led Drexel with three goals and two assists and Will Manganiello (Penncrest) had three goals.

Michigan 10, Delaware 7

The Blue Hens took a one-goal lead into halftime, but Michigan outscored the Blue Hens 5-1 over the first 19 minutes of the second half to post a victory before a crowd of 4,320 at Orange County Winter Invitational Saturday night at Orange Coast College.

Delaware, making its first visit to the state of California in school history, fell short in its bid for its first victory of the season and dropped to 0-4 on the season. Three of the losses have been by four goals or less.

Junior Paul Major (Spring-Ford) and senior Anthony DiSanzo each scored two goals for the Blue Hens while freshman Andrew Romagnoli scored a goal and dished out an assist and sophomore goalkeeper Parker Ferrigan made 10 saves for the second straight game. Jake Hervada (Haverford School) won 7 of 14 face-offs the for the Hens.

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