VIENNA, WV—Franciscan University's men's lacrosse team lost their first game against Ohio Valley University 20-1. After months of training, the newly developed Franciscan lacrosse program battled through their first match up with a Division II team, coming out with experience for their upcoming season.
"As this was our first game, we had never played against Ohio Valley," head coach Peter Rosaschi said. "We watched a little bit of video, and knew it would be a huge learning experience."
The Barons came out aggressively in the first two quarters while still trying to get a feel for each other's positions on the field. For most of the Franciscan team, today's match up was the first game of their college career. About half the team was completely new to the sport of lacrosse when they came to college this year.
"It is going to take time for our guys to recognize each other's positions on the field," Rosaschi said. "But we can expect growth over the next couple of months, and of course throughout the year."
After the initial shock of the first two quarters, the Barons began to look for more offensive opportunities in the second half of the game. FUS goalie Evan Malchano blocked multiple one-on-one shots, buying the Barons time to organize offensively.
"Our goalie play was phenomenal," Rosaschi said. "Evan stopped several shots within ten yards of the goal."
Along with fantastic blocks from their goalie, Franciscan's senior offensive attack, Patrick McNamara, came out with an unassisted goal midway through the fourth quarter. Dodging Ohio Valley's defense, McNamara finished the ball in the top right shelf.
"The score does not indicate that we played with a lot of heart and hustle," Rosaschi said. "But we're still going to focus on our clearing and our defense in practice before our next game."
The Barons will prepare for their home opener March 1 against Wilmington College at home at 3 pm.