Yellow Jackets Sting Cardinals
CUA comes back with four goals in the third quarter
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University men's lacrosse team (2-4) came back from a sluggish first half but couldn't hold on to get the win against the Randolph Macon Yellow Jackets (3-2) Saturday afternoon. CUA fell 7-6 after coming back from a 4-0 halftime deficit.
The physical Yellow Jackets dominated the first half forcing costly Cardinal turnovers. Peter LaPalia scored early for RMC during a man up situation and CUA couldn't come back. LaPaglia fed Tyler Watkins at 8:07 to make it 2-0 in favor of the Yellow Jackets. The second quarter wasn't much better as RMC scored on goal midway through and LaPaglia scored his second of the afternoon from Watkins. At the break the Cards trailed 4-0.
Despite being down by four, CUA stayed with the Yellow Jackets getting outshot just 15-14 and tying them with 10 turnovers apiece. Face-offs were a trouble spot for the Cards who were just 1-6 in the first half.
The Cardinals looked like a different team coming out in the third quarter. After Watkins scored to make it 5-0, CUA took over going on a 4-1 run. Freshman Mike Groh (Walpole, Mass./Xavarian Bros) started the scoring when he fired in a shot from senior Colin Whitaker (Doylestown, Pa./LaSalle) at 10:59. The Cardinals got the face-off and immediately came down and scored again on a goal by Danny McNamara (Southlake, Texas/Southlake). As CUA came back, RMC became frustrated and began getting penalties. The Cards used it to their advantage as they put away two man up goals to make it 6-4 at the end of the third.
The Cards used the momentum from a big third stanza to tie it up in the fourth off of scores from Phil Reinckens (Bethesda, Md./St. John's College) and Michael Scotto (Belmar, N.J./St. Rose). Unfortunately, CUA couldn't hold off the Yellow Jacket offense as Paul Johnson put away the winning goal at 11:06. Despite scoring opportunities, the Cardinals couldn't find the back of the cage for the remainder of the game falling 7-6.
Groh had two goals for CUA while LaPaglia led the Yellow Jackets with three. CUA outshot RMC for the game 27-26 but still saw a deficit in face-offs 10-6. Both teams had 27 turnovers in the sloppy game. Greg Kavazanjian (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) took the loss for the Cards with 11 saves for the day.
The Cardinals are back in action on Tuesday at home in a conference match-up with Mar y Washington at 3:30 p.m.