Written by Athletic Communications Intern, Cameron Frank
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team (3-1) traveled to Catholic University on Saturday (Feb. 29) afternoon to take on the Cardinals (2-4) in non-conference action. The Seahawks used a strong second half, outscoring the Cardinals 7-2 to push themselves to an 11-7 victory.
St. Mary’s College – 11, Catholic – 7
How It Happened
- The Seahawks struck first and took a 1-0 advantage at the 4:42 mark of the opening quarter with a goal from Jeremiah Clemmer. Catholic answered to tie the game, but a goal from Erich Wuesthoff put the Seahawks back on top 2-1. Next, Catholic captured the momentum with three-straight goals to end the opening frame with a 4-2 lead.
- The second quarter of action was a defensive battle that only witnessed three total scores. The Cardinals found the back of the net to extend their lead, but the Seahawks answered with back-to-back goals to end the second stanza. Ben Claffee and Clemmer scored to trim the Catholic lead to one.
- As mentioned, the second half was dominated by the Seahawks as they outscored the Cardinals 7-2. St. Mary’s College grabbed the lead with back-to-back goals to start the third quarter with scores from Dominic Venanzi and Wuesthoff. Catholic responded once again with two-straight goals to take a 7-6 lead. However, this would be the last time the Cardinals would score as the Seahawk defense shut down the Catholic offense for the remainder of the game. Four unanswered goals to end the third frame of play gave St. Mary’s College a slim 10-7 advantage heading into the final quarter of action. Clemmer, Jack Brocato, Wuesthoff, and Jude Brown found the back of the cage in the run.
- Much like the second, the fourth quarter was a defensive battle as the Seahawks scored the lone goal of the stanza. Claffee scored his second goal of the afternoon to lock up the Seahawk victory.
Inside the Box Score
- Brown led the Seahawks on the offensive end with five points, netting one goal and dishing out four assists. Venanzi (1g, 2a), Clemmer (3g), and Wuesthoff (3g) followed with three points each. Kyrle Preis, Brocato, Anthony Sparacino, Brock Daniel, Alex Pfaff, Mason Hoffman, Tommy Rinder, and Cristian Quiroa caused one turnover each. Sparacino hustled for a team-high six ground balls and Luke McWright collected five. In goal, Preis gathered 14 saves and earned his third victory of the season.
- Sean Baudo led the Cardinals with two goals and two assists
Up Next for the Seahawks
- Mar. 4 at Washington College | 4:00 p.m. | Kibler Field