Men’s Lacrosse Wins Season Opener
Arlington, Va. – Marymount University’s men’s lacrosse team christened its new home field at Long Bridge Park in style, defeating visiting St. Vincent 10-9 in the 2012 season opener on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Saints win their first season opener since 2008.
Six different Saints (1-0) scored in the victory, including a hat trick by Connor Kellogg and two goalseach from David Huson and George Pugh. Danny Carson, James Wendell and Vince Lodato each notched goals as well.
A back-and-forth game saw the Bearcats (0-1) in control early, taking a 3-1 lead through the first 10 minutes of the opening quarter. Marymount’s first goal in Long Bridge Park history was scored by Pugh with an assist from Matt Hershel at the 9:47 mark to knot the game up at 1-1.
The Saints would close out the first quarter on a tear, netting three goals in the final 5:24 to force a 4-4 draw going into the next period. Scoring slowed in the later periods as MU took a 6-5 lead into halftime courtesy of second quarter goals by Kellogg and Huson.
Marymount struck quickly coming out of the break as Vince Lodato won the opening faceoff of the half, picked up the ground ball and subsequently went coast-to-coast to net his first goal of the year. Saint Vincent responded, scoring four of the next five goals to take a 9-8 lead going into the fourth.
Not looking to be shown at their new home facility, the Saints answered back with a dominating fourth period. Marymount held the Bearcats scoreless in the frame while evening the game on Wendell’s goal at the 11:30 mark before Huson logged the game-winner just less than two minutes later.
The Saints platooned goalkeepers in the game with Ross Fernandez manning the first half and with Derek DiGiovanni between the pipes in the second. Fernandez collected nine saves while DiGiovanni and had seven en route to picking up his first career win.
Lodato was almost unbeatable at his faceoffs, winning 19-of-23 trips to the ‘X’ including a perfect 3-for-3 in the fourth quarter. He led all players with nine ground balls.
Mike Diggs and Will DeLanoy led the Bearcats with two goals each.
Marymount returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to take on former Capital Athletic Conference rival Catholic in Washington, D.C.