Cards Fall in OT Thriller
MacArthur and Scotto each score two goals
YORK, Pa. - The Catholic University men's lacrosse team battled back from a rough first quarter Saturday afternoon against the York College Spartans (2-2, 1-0 CAC). CUA took it into overtime but was unable to get the victory falling 8-7. The loss dropped the Cardinals to 1-3 for the season and 0-3 in the Capital Athletic Conference.
York started the game scoring three goals and dominating the Cardinals on offense. In the first quarter CUA managed just two shots to the Spartan's 14. The Cards came out like a different squad in the second getting on the board and back into the game. Bobby MacArthur (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks So) scored CUA's first goal of the afternoon at 10:39 as the Cardinals played a man up. Less than a minute later, Danny McNamara (Southlake, Tex./Southlake) connected off of a pass from Mike Groh (Walpole, Mass./Xavarian Bros) to make the score 3-2. York managed two tallies in the closing minutes of the half to go back up by three at the break.
The third quarter was all CUA with the Cardinals scoring three goals knotting it at five. MacArthur found the back of the net at 12:26 to mark his second score of the day. Freshman Michael Scotto (Belmar, N.J./St Rose) then stepped up and hit unassisted goals at both 4:57 and 2:18 to cap off a 3-0 run in the third for CUA.
The fourth quarter was back and forth as neither team could maintain the lead. York's Ryan Schab scored early on but CUA came up big playing a man down as keeper Greg Kavazanjian (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) brought it back to even with his unassisted goal thrown the legnth of the field. The Cards regained the lead at 10:56 off of a score from Sean Agnew but Paul Ruddell connected on the tying goal with just three minutes remaining to send the game into overtime. A penalty early in overtime game York an opportunity and the Spartans capitalized on it scoring at 1:23 to get the 8-7 win.
MacArthur and Scotto led CUA with two goals apiece while Chris Chappelle had two for York. The Spartans outshot the Cards 37-30 and had just two penalty minutes to CUA's six. The Cardinals did hold the advantage in face-offs winning 10 of 17. Kavazanjian took the loss but had 13 saves for the game.
CUA will host Richard Stockton this Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.