Royals Down Cardinals 8-6
Duffner has three points on the day
SCRANTON, Pa. - The Catholic University men's lacrosse team continued to struggle Saturday with an 8-6 conference loss to the University of Scranton Royals (12-3, 4-1 Landmark). CUA was held scoreless during the second quarter which proved to be the key in the loss. The Cardinals are now 6-8 on the season and 1-4 in the Landmark Conference.
Scranton scored right out of the gate and after a seven-minute defensive series, CUA evened it up on a goal from Tim Rettaliatta (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) and the assist by Pat Duffner (Yardly, Pa./Notre Dame). At 3:20 Scranton came back with one if their own but Duffner made sure that CUA came out of the first quarter tied hitting a shot with five seconds remaining to make it 2-2. Unfortunately, the Cards struggled to find the back of the net in the second quarter despite a number of good shots and allowed Scranton two goals making the score 4-2 at the break.
The Cardinals got back on track to start the second half with a goal by Jimmy Sinnott (Blue Bell, Pa./LaSalle) at 10:43 to bring them within one. Once again, however, a few tough minutes proved to be a problem as Scranton rattled off three quick goals all within a five-minute span to put CUA down four. Though they were down, the Cards were not out as Duffner sparked a rally with a late goal to once again end the third quarter.
The CUA run continued in the fourth with two more goals, one from Sinnott and the other from Kyle Brant (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's) to pull the Cards within one with six minutes remaining. At 5:38 Scranton hit another goal making CUA's task more of a challenge. Despite solid shooting, the Cards couldn't get back in the game in the closing minutes making the final 8-6.
Duffer led CUA with two goals and an assist he was also 1-2 on face-offs. In goal, Greg Kavazanjian (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) took the loss with 13 saves. The Cards were out shot 39-33 and had 12 fewer ground balls.
CUA will host York College on Tuesday in a non-conference rivalry beginning at 4 p.m., at Cardinal Stadium.