St. Mary's Suffers One-Goal in CAC Opener at UMW

Fredericksburg, Va. The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team opened up Capital Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon with a one-goal loss at University of Mary Washington after squandering a 5-1 lead.

Mary Washington (5-4, 2-1 CAC) scored the first goal of the afternoon but the Seahawks received back-to-back man-up goals from senior attackman Chris Becraft (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) in a 38-second span to have his team head into second quarter play with a 2-1 lead.

St. Mary's continued its offensive prowess with three straight goals as junior attackman JP Lennon (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) scored twice and senior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severn, Md./Severna Park) had a goal and an assist in the run. The Eagles reeled off three of their own to pull within 5-4 at halftime.

The Eagles tallied the first three goals of the second half to claim a two-goal lead at the 1:15 mark, holding St. Mary's scoreless until the final 24 seconds of the third period when first-year midfielder Ben Love (Sparks, Md./McDonogh) found the back of the net behind an assist by junior attackman Michael Mules (Ellicott City, Md./Boys' Latin).

Mary Washington reclaimed a two-goal lead 49 seconds into the start of the final stanza as junior attackman Harry Snyder (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) picked up an unassisted goal. Senior midfielder Will Bell (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) notched his sixth goal of the season at 12:13 to close the gap to one. The Eagles controlled possession for the rest of the quarter as St. Mary's only fired off three shots to UMW's six.

Becraft and Lennon each had two goals to pace the Seahawks while Rosson finished with a goal and two assists.

Sophomore Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) had a solid effort at the face-off X as Mitchell won 8 of 12 to help the Seahawks edge Mary Washington, 9-8, in face-offs.

Mitchell also scooped up a team-high five ground balls while first-year midfielder Cody Tidwell (Edgewater, Md./South River) had four loose ball pickups.

In goal, junior Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) made six saves in the first half while junior Pat Simpson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) recorded seven stops in the final 30 minutes.

St. Mary's hopes to put an end to its three-game skid next Wednesday, March 23 when the Seahawks travel to Arlington, Virginia to face Marymount University in a conference game at 8:30 pm. The game will be played at Washington-Lee High School.


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