Groh's Three Not Enough in Cardinal
Cards come back from a 5-0 deficit
ST. DAVID'S, Pa. - The Catholic University men's lacrosse team fought back from a 5-0 deficit against the Eastern University Eagles (3-5) but in the end it was enough as the Cards fell 8-6 Thursday afternoon in Pennsylvania. Freshman Mike Groh (Walpole, Mass./Xavarian Bros) staged the comeback with three goals but CUA fell short as time expired dropping the team to 5-8 on the season.
Things started out poorly for the Cards as Eastern went up 5-0 in the first quarter fueled by three goals from Nick Mandia. Finally at 3:19, Colin Whitaker (Doylestown, Pa./LaSalle) hit an unassisted shot to make it 5-1 after the first 15 minutes. The Eagles scored first in the second period and held the advantage most of the way before Groh connected on his first goal at 4:11 to make the score 6-2 going into the locker room.
The third quarter was quiet for Eastern scoring no goals and attempting just one shot. The Cardinals, however, fired on the cage 13 times but found the back of it just once as Groh tallied his second goal of the day ending the period at 6-3. CUA continued to battle back in the fourth despite two scores from the Eagles. Phil Reinckens Bethesda, Md./St. John's College) made a shot at 8:26 to bring the deficit to three. In the final five minutes the Cards received goals from Reinckens and a man up score from Groh but it wouldn't be enough as CUA fell 8-6.
Despite the loss, the Cards held numerous advantages on paper. CUA had 38 shots to Eastern's 22 and just 25 turnovers to the Eagles' 33. Both teams picked up 21 groundballs and the Cards had a slight 9-8 lead on face-offs. Greg Kavazanjian (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) took the loss for the Cards in goal with six saves on the day.
The Cardinals will play their final conference game of the 2007 season on Wednesday against St. Mary's at Cardinal Stadium beginning at 4:00 p.m.