St. Mary's City, Md. – Junior midfielder Nathaniel Babcock (Baltimore, Md./Severn) fired in a man-up goal just off the crease at the near post to lift the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team to a 10-9 come-from-behind win over Christopher Newport University Saturday afternoon.
Babcock received a pass from senior attackman Stew D'Ambrogi (Severna Park, Md./Severn) and beat first-year goalie Matt Hayden (McLean, Va./Madison) for the eventual game-winning goal with 4:31 remaining in the game. The Seahawks (6-7, 2-2 CAC) finished the game by outscoring CNU, who received votes in this week's USILA Division III Coaches Poll, by a 6-2 margin in the final 18 minutes.
The Seahawk win not only snapped a two-game skid but also capped off a successful Face-Off for a Cause event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The event was put together by seniors Zack Blewett (Darnestown, Md./Heights) and Gordon Muldoon (Solomons Island, Md./Patuxent) and was made a reality by the generous support of Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Avian, L-3 Communications, Zima Gear, Mission BBQ, and Red Robin.
Senior attackman Ben Love (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) finished the day with a game-best four goals to pace the Seahawks while junior captain Will Lerch (Lothian, Md./Calverton) matched his season-best with his second hat trick of the season. D'Ambrogi ended the day with a career-high three helpers and Babcock contributed a career-bests of two assists and three points.
Christopher Newport (9-4, 3-3 CAC) struck first but back-to-back goals by Lerch put the Seahawks on top by a 2-1 margin after the first period. The second quarter was even as each side picked up two goals but St. Mary's headed into halftime with a 4-3 edge behind Love's man-up goal with 1:24 remaining in the half.
Junior attackman John Thompson (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) paced the Captains with two goals and two assists while attackmen Brooks Billings (Street, Md./North Harford) and Chris Young (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) each chipped in two goals.
The Captains outscored St. Mary's 5-3 in the third stanza and scored the period's first four goals to stake a 7-4 advantage at 4:04. Love ripped off two goals in less than a minute to pull the Seahawks within one at 2:46. Young gave CNU a two-goal lead at 1:59 but Love answered 51 seconds later with his fourth of the day to cut the deficit to one heading into the fourth quarter.
Sophomore attackman Conor Jordan (Rockville, Md./Rockville) and Lerch returned the lead to St. Mary's with the first two scores of the fourth for a 9-8 lead at 7:13. CNU knotted it at 9-9 at 5:44.
St. Mary's edged the Captains, 37-35, in shots while posting a 31-26 margin in ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Teddy Secor (California, Md./Calverton) was solid at the X for the Seahawks, going 13-of-19 as St. Mary's finished 15-of-22 in face-offs. Secor scooped up a career- and game-best eight loose balls.
Blewett matched his career-best for the third time this season with 18 saves while adding three ground balls for the win. Hayden finished the day with 14 stops in the Captains' second straight loss.
The Seahawks will look to remain in the win column on Monday, April 14th as St. Mary's welcomes Marymount (Va.) University to Seahawk Stadium for another conference tilt at 4:00 p.m. This game was rescheduled from April 8th due to rain.
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