St. Mary’s City, Md. –Junior attackmanMax Groen(New Haven, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) scored four times in leading the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to a 12-5 win over Wesley College (3-11, 1-6 CAC) Wednesday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action. The fifth win of the season gave the Seahawks (5-11, 2-5 CAC) the most wins since a five-win campaign in 2015.

Before the game, the Seahawks honored their seven seniors – long-stick midfielderConner Campbell(Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), attackmanDanny Chu(Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake), midfieldersDave Fritz(Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall),Dan Long(Mechanicsville, Md./St. Mary’s Ryken),Connor Quinn(Lusby, Md./Calverton), andMichael Raimond(Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley), and defensemanMichael Russell(Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) – for their years of dedication and leadership to the program.

How It Happened

  • St. Mary’s jumped out to a 5-0 lead at 12:23 of the second quarter as juniorRay LaPlaca(Owings, Md./Calverton) assisted on three goals andGroenfound the back of the net twice.
  • Josh Wassumfinally put Wesley on the scoreboard with an unassisted tally at 10:49 in the second.
  • The Seahawks then rattled off seven straight to stake a 12-1 advantage at 9:20 of the third period.LaPlacahad put St. Mary’s up 9-1 at halftime with his team-leading 23rd goal of the season in the final eight seconds of the half.
  • The Wolverines would score the game’s final four goals for the 12-5 final asWassumfinished with a goal and two helpers in the 4-0 run.

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior midfielderMichael Bucci(Davidsonville, Md./Severn School) won a season-best 14 face-offs and equaled his career-high of 10 ground balls. This was the fourth time this seasonBuccihas recorded double-digit face-off wins.
  • Campbellmatched his career-high of seven caused turnovers while scooping up three ground balls.LaPlacafinished with a career-best three assists for the second time this season.
  • Junior goalieRoss Snodderly(Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) came up with six saves and gave up three goals in 51:30 minutes in net.
  • Wassumpaced the Wolverines with two goals and two assists. In goal,James Cella(8 SV, 9 GA) andDylan Sicca(11 SV, 3 GA) split equal time in goal.

Game Stats

  • Shots:St. Mary’s 47, Wesley 19
  • Ground Balls:St. Mary’s 44, Wesley 14
  • Face-Off Wins:St. Mary’s 14, Wesley 6
  • Extra-Man Opportunities:St. Mary’s 3-4, Wesley 2-3
  • Saves:St. Mary’s 7, Wesley 19
  • Caused Turnovers:St. Mary’s 9, Wesley 6
  • Turnovers:St. Mary’s 17, Wesley 24
  • Penalties:St. Mary’s 3 for 2:00, Wesley 4 for 3:30
Michael Bucci ’19 – Photo Credit: Bill Wood

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Apr. 24 at No. 7 Salisbury University (12-3, 5-1 CAC) – Salisbury, Md. – CAC game – 7:00 p.m.

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By Nairem Moran ·nmoran@smcm.edu