Arlington, Va. – Marymount University's men's lacrosse team remained undefeated on the year with an 8-6 victory over visiting Gwynedd-Mercy on Wednesday night. The Saints improve to 4-0 on the season.
Nico Burns led the Saints with three goals for a hat-trick while Matt Justice, Garrett Nealon, Jimmy Wendell, Chad Niergarth and Connor Kellogg each added one. Justice paced the Blue and White with a pair of assists with Nealon, Niergart and Wendell each chipping in another.
Defensively, Derek DiGiovanni (4-0) put together his third double-digit save game of the season with 13 saves between the pipes. Tyler DaSilva led MU with three caused turnovers to go with four ground balls.
Vince Lodato went 10-for-16 in the faceoff 'X' for Marymount and led the Blue and White with six ground balls.
Gwynedd-Mercy (0-2) opened the game with three unanswered goals in the first quarter before the Saints got on the board with Justice's goal at the 2:20 mark in the period. The Saints would take over the second quarter and outscore the Griffins 3-0 to take a 4-3 lead into haltime courtesy of a Nealon goal in the final seconds of the half.
In the third, GMC notched the only goal of the stanza to knot things up at 4-4 going into the final quarter. Gwynedd-Mercy would hit the opening goal of the fourth to give the Griffins the lead once again before back-to-back scores from Burns and Kellogg put MU up 6-5 with 8:24 to play. Another GMC goal 32 seconds later tied it up before Burns put home what would eventually be the game-winner with 5:41 remaining.
Matt Richter led Gwynedd-Mercy with two goals.
Marymount returns to action on Saturday as it hosts former Capital Athletic Conference foe Hood at Long Bridge Park. Game time is set for 1 p.m. and fans can follow the action by logging on to www.MarymountSaints.com.