Love Nets Hat Trick as No. 20 Seahawk Men's Lacrosse Falls at Muhlenberg
Allentown, Pa. – Junior midfielder Ben Love (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) registered his first career hat trick but the No. 20 St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team dropped a 10-6 decision in non-conference action at Muhlenberg College Saturday afternoon.
Today's loss marks the second straight for the Seahawks (2-3) and their first losing streak since the 2011 campaign when St. Mary's finished with a 6-9 record. Senior attackman Patrick Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston) joined Love with a multiple-point effort as Mull dished two assists to bring his season total to 12.
Junior captain Gordy Long (Monkton, Md./St. Paul's School) helped St. Mary's take a 1-0 lead at 8:12 of the first quarter before Muhlenberg (3-3) rattled off three in a row, including one with four seconds left in the period, for a 3-1 advantage.
The Seahawks again scored the first goal of the stanza as Love tallied an unassisted goal at 10:39 of the second period, cutting the lead to one. And like déjà vu, the Mules responded with three straight, including two in the final 49 seconds, to head into halftime with a 6-2 lead.
Senior attackman Doug Rheiner (Wycombe, Pa.) paced the Muhlenberg offense with a game-high four goals while fellow classmate Jack Reilly (Boonton Township, N.J.) added a goal and two assists. Senior midfielder Ian Jones (Williamstown, Mass.) helped the Mule attack with a 12-of-19 effort at face-off X and a game-high eight ground balls while sophomore Adam Schlauch (Tewksbury, N.J.) finished the game with 13 stops.
St. Mary's regrouped during halftime and outshot the host Mules, 27-12, over the final 30 minutes. However, the Seahawks were hindered by a 1-of-5 performance in extra-man opportunities.
The Seahawks netted the first two goals of the third stanza as sophomore attackman Matt Tarrant (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) picked up this team-leading ninth goal of the season and fellow classmate Eric Simon (North Potomac, Md./Quince Orchard) notched his first of the year, closing the gap to 6-4 at 9:10. Muhlenberg scored two in a two-minute span to restore a four-goal cushion heading into the final period.
Love pulled St. Mary's within three at 12:46 with his second of the day before Rheiner put the Mules back up by four at 11:32. Both teams were offensively for the next nine minutes before Reilly interrupted the lull with an unassisted goal for a five-goal Mule lead. Love responded for the Seahawks 43 seconds later but St. Mary's would not get any closer as Schlauch turned away two of its three shots in the final two minutes.
First-year goalkeeper Joey Casey (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) made 11 saves in the loss while senior LSM Dalton Yohn (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) contributed defensively with career-highs of six ground balls and four caused turnovers.
The Seahawks will look to turn around their two-game skid next Wednesday, March 13 when St. Mary's takes on No. 11 Denison University on neutral ground. The game will be played at Johns Hopkins University at 12:00 pm.
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