Late Run Comes Up Short
Scotto has three goals in the game
POMONA, N.J. - A late three-goal run wasn't enough for the Catholic University men's lacrosse team (1-2) to overtake the Richard Stockton College Ospreys (1-2) Wednesday afternoon in New Jersey as the Cards fell 7-6. Sophomore Mike Scotto (Belmar, N.J./St Rose) notched three goals in the game including two of the final trio but his heroics fell short as time expired.
Stockton dominated the first quarter on the scoreboard leading 2-0 after 15 minutes of play. However, despite trailing, the Cards had control of the flow with 11 shot to the Osprey's seven as well as one more face-off and two fewer turnovers. The Cardinals got on the board in the second quarter when Mike Groh (Walpole, Mass./Xaverian Bros) took advantage of an extra man opportunity to fire it in off of a pass from Pat Becker (Telford, Pa./Souderton). Stockton added one more before the break to make the score 3-1 at the half.
Groh came out and hit his second goal of the game early in the third quarter after receiving the ball from Mike DiGiesi (Cherry Hill, N.J./St Joseph's Prep) to pull the Cards within one. Unfortunately, Stockton had an answer with a man up score after a CUA penalty for slashing. Scott managed his first goal of the game at 5:50 in the third to once again move the Cards within a goal of the Ospreys as the teams entered the fourth and final period.
Stockton started out dominating the fourth quarter as they ran off three straight goals within the first seven minutes. Despite the four-goal deficit, the Cards didn't give up and began chipping away at the lead with a score from Scotto at 6:31 off of another DiGiesi assist. A minute later Kyle Brant (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's) pulled the Cards closer with a second goal in the run and an assist from Groh. Scotto waited less than sixty seconds to net his final score of the afternoon at 4:31 to pull CUA within one but unfortunately that would be the last of the scoring for the Cards who fell 7-6.
CUA outshot Stockton 34-26 and won three more face-offs. Scotto was tied as the leading scorer for the Cards with three points along with Groh who tallied two goals and an assist. On the defensive end, Steve Harrington (Drexel Hill, Pa./St Joseph's Prep) caused six Stockton turnovers and keeper Greg Kavazanjian (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) had 11 saves.
The Cardinals will host Misericordia on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., at Cardinal Stadium.