News Release, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – Stout defensive play led the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team (3-2) to an 8-4 victory over the visiting Catholic University Cardinals (3-3) on Saturday (Mar. 2) afternoon for Military Appreciation Day. Four goals was the fewest amount of scores the Seahawks have allowed this season.

How It Happened

  • The first quarter of action saw the most offensive production as a combined four goals were scored in the opening stanza. Catholic struck first, but the Seahawks quickly responded with back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead.Erich WuesthoffandRay LaPlacaburied shots in the back of the cage for the early advantage. The Cardinals evened the game a two a piece with one minute remaining in the first quarter.
  • The defense came up big for the Seahawks in the second quarter as they blanked the Cardinal offense. In addition, the St. Mary’s College man-down unit didn’t allow a score in three extra-man opportunities for Catholic.Wuesthoffrecorded the Seahawks first goal of the second quarter andJude Browntallied the second score off a diving attempt. St. Mary’s College took a 4-2 lead into halftime.
  • Dominic Venanzibegan the scoring to start the second half when he ripped a shot past the Catholic goalkeeper. The Cardinals answered with a score on a man-up opportunity, but St. Mary’s College finished the quarter strong with a goal fromJeremiah Clemmer.
  • In the final quarter of regulation, the Seahawks outscored the Cardinals 2-1.Ben Claffeefound the back of the net as time was dwindling down on the shot clock with a goal at the 10:29 mark. St. Mary’s College played smart the rest of the way and started to drain the clock with long offensive possessions. Catholic scored with five minutes left to keep themselves in the game, but the Seahawks continued to play strong defense and tacked on a goal fromLaPlacato seal the victory.
Ray-LaPlaca-2019
Ray LaPlaca ’19 | Photo Credit: Bill Wood

Inside the Box Score

  • LaPlaca, a senior with plans to join the military after graduation, shined with a team-best two goals and one assist on Military Appreciation Day.Wuesthoffadded two goals, whileDominic Venanzifinished the afternoon with one goal and one assist.
  • Alex Pfaffled the Seahawks with three ground balls, whileAnthony SparacinoandPfafffinished with a team-high two caused turnovers.
  • In goal,Ross Snodderlyhad an excellent game with 12 saves.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Mar. 6 at Randolph-Macon – 4:00 p.m.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...