St. Mary's Tops Mary Washington to Clinch CAC 3rd Seed

St. Mary's City, Md. St. Mary's College of Maryland clinched the third seed and a first-round home game in the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament with a 13-9 victory over University of Mary Washington Thursday afternoon as junior attackman Chris Becraft (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) tallied a game-high four points.

St. Mary's (8-5, 5-2 CAC) will host the sixth seed in a first round tournament game on Sunday, April 18 at Seahawk Stadium. The game time and the Seahawks' first round opponent will be announced Friday morning following the conclusion of tonight's contest between Wesley College and Hood College to determine the sixth seed.

Becraft notched a goal and three assists while junior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./Severn) added two goals and one helper. Three other Seahawks each found the back of the net twice as well.

SMCM edged Mary Washington, 2-1, in the first period as junior midfielder Bobby Cooke (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) and sophomore attackman Brendan Oster (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) each broke through the Eagle defense. The Eagles avoided the shutout as sophomore Harry Snyder (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) ripped one past junior Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) at 1:59.

Mary Washington (7-8, 3-4 CAC) returned the favor in the second quarter as the Eagles outscored the home team, 3-2, to go into intermission tied, 4-4, as junior Kohl Meyer (Shawnee, N.J./Shawnee) scored an unassisted goal with 11 seconds left in the first half.

Junior Brian Meaney (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) paced Mary Washington with three goals while Snyder finished with two goals and two assists and Meyer chipped in two goals and an assist.

The Eagles netted two of the first three goals to start the third period and stake their first lead of the game a 6-5 advantage at 11:00. St. Mary's notched three of the final four goals, including a pair in 50 seconds, to reclaim a one-goal lead heading the final stanza.

The Seahawks quickly set the tone in the fourth with back-to-back man-up goals in 35 seconds to post a 10-7 margin with 12:30 remaining in the contest. St. Mary's closed the deal by tallying three of the game's final scores, including the last score by senior midfielder Ryan Alexander (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) at 2:20.

St. Mary's held a slight edge in both shots (35-31) and ground balls (35-32) while first-year midfielder Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) won 12 of 23 face-offs and scooped up seven loose balls.

Wheeler finished the contest with eight saves and one ground ball for his seventh win of the season while sophomore Matt Prin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) recorded 11 stops and had two ground balls.

2010-04-15



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