St. Mary’s Men’s Lacrosse Keeps Winning

Austin Toland

St. Mary's City, Md. Nine different Seahawks found the back of the net Monday afternoon as the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team made it two wins in a row with an 11-6 Capital Athletic Conference win over Marymount (Va.) University.

Today's win marks the Seahawks' 21st consecutive victory over Marymount and St. Mary's now holds a 26-1 record in the series which began in 1992. The Saints' only win over St. Mary's was a 13-3 win in 1997.

Three of the nine Seahawk scorers – midfielders Zack Tarallo (Worcester, Mass./Algonquin Regional), Austin Toland (Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul's), and Greg Louzan (Ellicott City, Md./St. Paul's) – picked up their first goals of the season. Toland and Louzan paced the offense with two goals apiece while sophomore attackman Conor Jordan (Rockville, Md./Rockville) dished out a career-best three assists.

The St. Mary's defensive unit was on point this afternoon as the Seahawks shutdown Marymount in the first and third quarters. Senior Zack Blewett (Darnestown, Md./Heights) picked up eight saves in the first half while sophomore Joey Casey (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) notched seven stops in relief, including six in the third period.

St. Mary's owned a 3-0 lead after the first stanza as the Seahawks tallied two goals in under a minute. Junior midfielder Nico Burns (Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee) finally put Marymount on the scoreboard at 12:36 of the second quarter. St. Mary's scored four unanswered goals, including a pair in 28 seconds, to boast a 7-1 advantage at 4:05. Burns struck again at 1:29 for a 7-2 SMCM halftime lead.

The Saints (8-5, 1-4 CAC) were led by Burns, who finished with a game-best four goals while junior midfielder Jimmy Wendell (E. Brunswick, N.J./E. Brunswick) contributed two assists. Senior attacker Vince Lodato (Tampa, Fla./Jesuit) won 10-of-17 face-offs as Marymount controlled the X, winning 11 of 20 face-offs for the game, while senior Derek DiGiovanni (Midlothian, Va./Cosby) made nine saves in 53 minutes.

The Seahawks tallied two goals in 41 seconds en route to a 3-0 run in the third quarter for a 10-2 advantage heading into the fourth period. It was all Marymount in the fourth as the Saints outscored the home team, 4-1, behind two goals from Burns.

St. Mary's owned a 34-27 edge in ground balls while Marymount outshot the Seahawks, 40-37. Senior midfielder Cody Tidwell (Cordova, Md./South River) earned five of the team's nine face-off wins and scooped up a game-best six ground balls.

The Seahawks will put their two-game win streak to the test on Wednesday, April 16th as St. Mary's travels to No. 16 York College of Pennsylvania for another conference tilt at 4:00 p.m.

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