March 9, 2013

Men’s Lacrosse Tops Washington & Jefferson to Remain Unbeaten at Home

Arlington, Va. – Marymount University's men's lacrosse team remained unbeaten at the friendly confines of Long Bridge Park with a 14-8 victory over visiting Washington & Jefferson on Saturday afternoon. The Saints improve to 2-1 on the season including a 2-0 mark on their home turf.

Nico Burns led the Saints with four goals for his first career hat-trick. Connor Kellogg added three goals as well to go with a game-high three assists.

Jack Burke logged a pair of goals for the Blue and White while Andrew Fournier, Ian Gordon, Vince Lodato, Michael Stidham and Garrett Nealon all added a lone goal each.

Burke chipped in two assists to go with his scoring with Michael Bitonti and George Pugh adding one each.

A slow paced first half saw little scoring as both teams kept pace with each other. The Presidents (3-2) jumped on the board first just 91 seconds into the game before Burke evened things up at the 5:42 mark in the first quarter to help end the frame with a 1-1 draw.

Washington & Jefferson notched back-to-back goals mid-way in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. The Saints rallied down the stretch with Lodato scoring with just under two minutes remaining and Kellogg finding the back of the net with 11 ticks on the clock to go into halftime knotted at 3-3.

Marymount's offense came alive in the third, outscoring W&J 6-2 in the frame. Trading goals early, the Saints closed out the quarter with four unanswered goals, including three consecutive man-up goals, to take a 9-5 lead into the final frame.

In the fourth, MU's offense showed no signs of slowing down. Kellogg and Burke extended the Saints unanswered goals to six to open the quarter before the Presidents scored at the 8:01 mark, a full 15 minutes since their last goal. Marymount then went off on another 3-0 run over a three minute span to put the game away.

The Saints defense was solid, holding W&J scoreless in four extra-man opportunities. Marymount also forced 15 of the Presidents' 23 turnovers with Sam Dupont leading the way with four caused turnovers. Austin Miller, Brian Robbins, Tyler DaSilva and Chris Madison each added a pair.

Bitonti led the Saints with seven ground balls while Gordan added six and Dupont had five.

In goal, Derek DiGiovanni (2-1) collected nine saves for his second win of the season.

Casey Smallwood led Washington & Jefferson with two goals.

Marymount returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to face Gwynedd-Mercy in non-conference play. The Saints and Griffins have split home-and-home victories the past two seasons, each by a two-goal margin.