Allentown, Pa. – Senior attackman Ben Love (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) posted a career day in leading the No. 13 St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team to an impressive 18-6 non-conference win at Muhlenberg College Sunday afternoon.
Love finished the afternoon with career-highs of six goals and seven points while first-year attackman Patrick Regan (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear) followed with season-bests of four goals and two assists for six points.
The Seahawks (3-2) came ready to play, taking the opening quarter, 5-1, after a 4-0 start to the game. Five different St. Mary's players found the back of the net in the first 15 minutes. It was a closer second period as the Seahawks edged Muhlenberg, 4-3, for a 9-4 halftime advantage as Regan scored twice.
Midfielders Casey Gill (Chatham, N.J.) and Steven Casella (Ridgewood, N.J.) each picked up two goals in the Mules (1-4) second straight loss while junior goalie Adam Schlauch (Tewksbury, N.J.) made eight saves in 42 minutes before being relieved by sophomore Kyle Larkin (Atlanta, Ga.).
It was another huge quarter for St. Mary's in the third, outscoring Muhlenberg by a 6-1 margin. Love notched a hat trick in the period, including a man-up goal at 12:34 off an assist from junior midfielder Matt Tarrant (Mt. Airy, Md./Urbana). The Mules' offensive struggles continued in the fourth and final stanza as St. Mary's defensive unit held them to one goal on eight shots while SMCM added its last three.
Sophomore midfielder Teddy Secor (California, Md./Calverton) helped the Seahawks to a 15-of-27 effort at the X as Secor won 9-of-12 face-offs and scooped up a career-best three ground balls.
St. Mary's claimed a 40-35 shot advantage and converted 5-of-7 extra-man opportunities, including two in the third and two in the fourth. Muhlenberg edged the visitors in ground balls by a 33-30 margin.
Senior Zack Blewett (Darnestown, Md./Heights) matched his career-high in saves as Blewett turned away 18 shots for the second straight game.
The Seahawks will take on their fourth ranked opponent of the season when St. Mary's travels to Montclair, N.J. to face No. 17 Montclair State University in non-conference action at 1:00 p.m.
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