February 26, 2014

Men’s Lacrosse Wins Third-Straight to Open Season

Arlington, Va. – Marymount University's men's lacrosse team won its third consecutive game to start the 2014 season with a 7-6 victory over visiting Messiah on Wednesday night.  The Saints last won their first three games of the season in 2001 en route to a 5-0 start.

Connor Kellogg, Nico Burns and Chad Niergarth led the Saints with two goals each while Garrett Nealon added another.  Kellogg, Nealon, Greg Garner and Jimmy Wendell each chipped in an assist as well.

A scoreless first quarter gave way to a high-scoring affair in the second.  Nealon posted the first goal of the contest just over three minutes into the frame.  Messiah (0-2) would respond right away, evening things up 14 seconds later.  Marymount answered in kind, retaking the lead 45 seconds after that off of Kellogg's first goal before adding another at the 9:28 mark from Burns to lead 3-1. The Falcons cut their deficit to 3-2 late in the quarter before a man-up goal from Niergarth, his first of two on the night, gave the Saints another two-goal lead and a 4-2 advantage going into halftime.

In the third, Messiah pulled within one goal at the 9:16 mark as the two squads battled back-and-forth.  With just 44 seconds remaining the period, Burns hit his second goal of the game to give the Blue and White a 5-3 lead after three.

Not willing to give up, Messiah scored 36 seconds into the fourth quarter before Niergarth converted his second man-up opportunity at the 11:24 to give Marymount a 6-4 lead.  The Falcons rallied late, scoring a pair of unanswered goals at the 5:27 and 4:08 marks, to force a 6-6 tie.  Down the stretch, Kellogg knocked home the eventual game-winner with just 1:18 remaining in the game while the Saints defense held off a late barrage to seal the victory.

Defensively, Derek DiGiovanni had another solid game for the Saints.  He stopped 10 shots on the night en route to his third win of the season.

Will Franken and Tyler Goglio led Messiah with two goals each.

Marymount returns to action next Wednesday, March 5, as it hosts Gwynedd-Mercy to Long Bridge Park.  Game time is set for 7 p.m. and fans can follow the action by logging on to www.MarymountSaints.com.