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 Wuesthoff and Ray LaPlaca buried 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. Wuesthoff recorded the Seahawks first goal of the second quarter and Jude Brown tallied the second score off a diving attempt. St. Mary’s College took a 4-2 lead into halftime.
- Dominic Venanzi began 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 from Jeremiah Clemmer.
- In the final quarter of regulation, the Seahawks outscored the Cardinals 2-1. Ben Claffee found 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 from LaPlaca to seal the victory.
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. Wuesthoff added two goals, while Dominic Venanzi finished the afternoon with one goal and one assist.
- Alex Pfaff led the Seahawks with three ground balls, while Anthony Sparacino and Pfaff finished with a team-high two caused turnovers.
- In goal, Ross Snodderly had an excellent game with 12 saves.
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Mar. 6 at Randolph-Macon – 4:00 p.m.