Seahawk Men's Lacrosse Rolls to Third Straight Win as Love Strikes Again
St. Mary's City, Md. – Junior midfielder Ben Love (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) put the ball in the net five times for the second consecutive game as the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team posted a 12-6 non-conference victory over future Capital Athletic Conference opponent, Christopher Newport University, Saturday afternoon.
Love has been seeing the goal well as of late. After not recording a single point in the first four games of the season, he has collected 16 goals, including 11 during the Seahawks' three-game win streak.
Sophomore midfielder Tim Perugini (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) also notched a personal-best effort with career-highs of two goals and two assists for four points while sophomore attackman Matt Tarrant (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) added two goals and an assist and junior captain Gordy Long (Monkton, Md./St. Paul's School) chipped in a pair of scores.
St. Mary's (5-4) dominated the game from start to finish, outshooting the Captains, 50-18, and outhustling them to a 34-20 ground ball margin. Senior captain Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) helped the Seahawks tally the +14 advantage in ground balls as Mitchell led the way with a season-high 13 loose ball pick-ups. He controlled face-off X with a 16-of-21 effort.
Despite St. Mary's registering a 13-5 margin in shots in the first period, the score was even at 3-3 at the conclusion of the first 15 minutes. Three different players scored for the Seahawks while sophomore attackman John Thompson (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) found the back of the net twice for CNU.
It was all St. Mary's in the second quarter as the Seahawks used a 3-0 run behind two Love goals to stake a 6-3 lead at halftime. J. Thompson finished the game with two goals and an assist while sophomore attackman Parker Thompson tallied two goals as well for the Captains (5-5).
The Seahawks extended their scoring run by opening the third stanza with four straight for a string of seven consecutive goals en route to a 10-3 advantage with 5:28 left. Christopher Newport (5-5) cut the lead to five at 1:21 with goals from P. Thompson and senior midfielder Kyle Pasta (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll).
St. Mary's picked up the first two goals of the fourth period before first-year attackman Chris Young (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) tallied the Captains' last goal at 1:37 for the 12-6 final. Senior Scott Marsh (Crofton, Md./South River) continued his strong play in goal for the Seahawks with eight saves and two ground balls while senior Andy McGregor (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) recorded 16 stops in the loss.
The Seahawks are off until next Saturday, March 30 when St. Mary's welcomes Frostburg State University to Seahawk Stadium for Capital Athletic Conference action at 1:00 pm.
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