Men’s Lacrosse beat Mary Washington 15-11, record books in the eyes of several Captains
The 20 in the nation Captains claim yet another victory, taking down Mary Washington and improving to 9-5 on the season and 2-1 within the conference.
The seniors put on a show for Senior Day with the pep band rallying behind them. #31 Lucas Berry scored his 67th career goal, which is the 10th most scored by a CNU player.
#19 Drew Cornell tied the school record for games played with 68. The senior also caused three turnovers, moving himself up to second-most turnovers caused with 91. He needs just two more caused turnovers to hold the school record.
The seniors were not the only players to show up. #6 Dylan Rice added another 4 goals to his name, all in the first quarter of the game.
Mary Washington jumped out to an early lead, scoring within the first minute of the game. This did not phase the Captains, however, as they would quickly answer with two goals of their own by the 10-minute mark. Berry scored his 30th goal of the season assisted by #21 Miles Collins at 10:31, then quickly picked up an assist as well, helping Rice earn of goal of his own just 13 seconds later.
Three more goals by Rice, as well as another added by #4 Campbell Pozin was enough to give CNU a 6-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, and they never looked back.
Sophomore #11 Will Stockhausen wasted no time adding his own name to the scoresheet with two goals early in the second quarter, scoring his 16th and 17th goals of the season.
#42 Jackson Deal added a pair of unassisted goals himself in the middle minutes and #10 Griffin Hanes added one more with 12 seconds left in the half to secure a 12-6 lead for CNU.
During the third quarter Mary Washington started pulling the game back, outscoring CNU 4-1 off the stellar play of #1 Shane McKenzie. McKenzie assisted on three of the four UMW goals during this quarter. This meant the game was at a fairly even 10-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter stalled into a defensive duel between the two teams, with just three goals total scored by both teams.
Pozin, Stockhausen, Berry and Deal all ended the day with a pair of goals apiece, and Rice added four more goals to his record breaking season total. He already holds the single season goal total (56) from last year, and this year he has another 40 goals to his name so far. In addition to this impressive offensive effort, the defense of CNU was truly the difference maker in the game.
CNU’s defense caused 21 turnovers, led by Sophomore #16 Phoenix Hines. Hines caused five turnovers and recovered six ground balls. Cornell also had five ground balls along with his aforementioned three forced turnovers.
Sitting between the pipes, #1 Scott McAneney had 19 saves on the day. He faced 30 shots on target for a save percentage of .633.
Although CNU won, Mary Washington put up an outstanding effort. They outshot the Captains 44-42 and won 26 of the 30 faceoffs. They were unable to capitalize off 10 extra-man opportunities and 43 ground balls, however, and the big number for CNU was Mary Washington’s 29 turnovers, 21 of which were forced by CNU. This advantage kept the Captain’s consistently ahead of the Eagles, and they were able to pull out the win.
The Captains improve to 2-1 within the conference and 9-5 overall. The Eagles fall to 6-7 and 0-2 within the conference.
Men’s Lacrosse will be back on the field this Wednesday, April 10 facing first in the nation ranked Salisbury Seagulls.
This top 20 matchup will be extremely important for both teams looking to secure a lead in the conference. With three teams in the CAC ranked in the top 20 nationally, every victory matters to these two teams. The Captains have a dominant offense and an oppressive defense. Looking forward against Salisbury, they need look no further than two numbers during their game against Mary Washington to improve.
First, they had 10 penalties totaling seven minutes of disadvantage. For nearly twelve percent of the game time the Eagles were up a man on the Captains, an advantage that most teams will capitalize on and exploit.
Second, CNU won just four of the 30 faceoffs in the game. Faceoffs have consistently been CNU’s weakness throughout the season. Although they have a great defense to win the ball back with, giving up possession for free that many times in a game will hinder the Captain’s if they wish to make a deep postseason run this year.
Luckily, CNU still has several games left this season to work on these few issues. Meanwhile, they will continue to rely on performances from Rice, Hines and Cornell, just to name a few. Continued superstar performances from these players and other team members have fueled this dynamic team so far, and CNU will look to ride the momentum from this weekend into their matchup against Salisbury.
~Matthew Scherger, BreakingCNU Editor~