Arlington, Va. – Marymount University's men's lacrosse remained undefeated on the season with a 15-14 victory over the University of the District of Columbia, a Division II program, on Saturday afternoon. The Saints improve to 2-0 on the year.
Matt Justice led the Saints with three goals and pair of assists while Connor Kellogg and Chad Niergarth both chipped in three goals and an assist each. Nico Burns added a pair of goals while Garrett Nealon, Michael Mene, Jimmy Wendell and Greg Garner all added another.
A high-scoring affair, both teams traded goals in the first quarter before the Saints scored the final two of the frame to take a 4-2 lead. Marymount opened the second the same way it closed the first, with consecutive goals, but the Firebirds responded to keep things close. Both teams traded goals the rest of the way with UDC hitting a late shot with eight seconds remaining to cut MU's halftime lead to just 8-6.
In the third period, the Firebirds kept pace with MU and knotted things up at 10-10 with their first of two man-up goals. Marymount responded with three unanswered goals but UDC went on a 4-0 run over the next 16:50, overlapping quarters, to take their first lead up 14-13 with 1:35 to play in the game. Keeping their composure, the Saints evened things at 14-14 on a huge goal from Nealon with 53 seconds to play before Niergarth hit the game-winner with 20 ticks remaining courtesy of Kellogg's assists.
Marymount dominated the faceoff 'X', winning 21-of-32 trips to the middle. Johnson went 12-for-18 while Burns was 8-of-11. Nathaniel Valenti added a 1-for-2 showing.
Burns and Johnson both led the Saints with eight ground balls each while Tyler DaSilva added five.
Derek DiGiovanni picked up his second win of the year and collected nine saves in the process.
Chase Fraser led UDC with six goals.
Marymount returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Messiah in non-conference play. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and fans can follow the action live by logging on to www.MarymountSaints.com.