Jones Sets Single-Game Record as Seahawk Men's Lacrosse Takes on Illinois Wesleyan

Max Groen '19
Max Groen '19

For Immediate Release · Sunday, March 12, 2017 · nmoran@smcm.edu

Bel Air, Md. – Sophomore attackmen Steve Jones (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) and Max Groen (New Haven, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) both put on career performances on a blustery, cold Sunday afternoon but the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team came up short in a run-and-gun game with Illinois Wesleyan University.

The Seahawks dropped a 26-18 decision to IWU on the campus of The John Carroll School for their seventh straight loss while the Titans won their third in a row.

St. Mary's 16, Illinois Wesleyan 28

How It Happened

  • In the first quarter, St. Mary's jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Titans scored three in a row. Groen's first goal of the game knotted the game at 3-3 at 6:30 before IWU outscored the Seahawks, 5-3, for an 8-6 lead after one period of play.
  • The Seahawks pulled within one twice in the second stanza on a pair of Groen goals; however, IWU owned a 14-9 halftime advantage after responding with a 5-1 run to close out the half.
  • Illinois Wesleyan outdid the Seahawks, 6-2, in the third quarter to establish a 20-11 lead with one period left to play.
  • St. Mary's put together two three-goal runs in the fourth and edged the Titans, 7-6, but was unable to finish the rally.

For St. Mary's (0-7)

  • Jones set a single-game school record with a career-best eight goals.
  • Groen contributed career-highs of five goals, three assists, eight points and two ground balls.
  • Sophomore midfielder Ray LaPlaca (Owings, Md./Calverton) also tallied career numbers with career-bests of four goals and five points.
  • Junior defenseman Conner Campbell (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) picked up a career-high nine loose balls while adding his third career assist.
  • Senior captain Mike Becraft (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) scooped up a season-high seven ground balls and dished a career-best two assists.
  • Senior captain Max Alderman (Lutherville, Md./Calvert Hall) recorded a career-best 20 saves with two ground balls and a caused turnover.

For Illinois Wesleyan (3-1)

  • Scorers (G-A): Michael Julius (4-2), Jacob Perry (4-0), Alex Doorenbos (4-0), Tim Smith (3-0), Will Rossi (2-2), Evan Mok-Lamme (2-1), James Maibuecher (1-5), Nick Winter (1-3), Caleb Green (1-1), J.C. Grabarek (1-0), Pat O'Neil (1-0), Joe Hynes (1-0), Bailey Marth (1-0), Colin Daly (0-2), Christian Torres (0-1), Pete Picciolo (0-1)
  • Goalie: Steven Laduzinsky (8 saves, 18 GA, 60:00)
  • Illinois Wesleyan controlled all offensive categories, outshooting the Seahawks, 66-49; posting a 69-40 margin in ground balls; and winning 34-of-47 face-offs.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • St. Mary's remains on the hunt for its first win of the season and will look to take down Lycoming College (2-2) on Wednesday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. in Seahawk Stadium.

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