Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/5/21
From Press Release
The Neumann University men’s lacrosse team held off Marymount University, 16-14, on Wednesday evening in an Atlantic East Conference semifinal match-up.
With the win, the Knights advance to their first conference championship appearance since 1999 when the Neumann was the PAC Runner-up. Neumann (6-3) will head to defending national champion Cabrini (9-2) on Saturday at a time to be determined.
Drew Conlon netted six points for the Knights in the win with three goals and three assists. Brett McLaughlin (Interboro) tallied four goals and an assist. Wyatt Belotti added three goals and an assist.
Jack Newswanger (St. Elizabeth) picked up nine groundballs and won 19 faceoffs. Brendan Risley (Ridley) made seven saves in in net for the win.
Colin Blake (Springfield-Delco) started the scoring for the afternoon with a goal two minutes into the game. The Saints scored two goals, followed by goals by Emmett Wexler and Anthony Tarquini (Ridley) and the Knights had a 3-2 lead after the first quarter.
Marymount tied the game at four early in the second quarter before Neumann netted four straight goals for and 8-4 lead. McLaughlin scored two of his goals in the final minute of the first half, including one just as the buzzer sounded, and the Knights took a 12-7 lead into halftime.
The teams traded goals during the third quarter as the Knights kept the Saints at arm’s length, 15-11, heading into the final 15 minutes.
The teams combined for three goals in a minute span early in the fourth quarter, with Marymount netted two of the three and pulling to within three 16-13. With three-and-a-half minutes left in regulation, the Saints netted another goal to get within two, 16-14. The Knights buckled down and held off the Saints over the final minutes for the 16-14 win.