March 24, 2013

Second Game In Two Days a Tough Test for Baron LAX

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio- Franciscan University lacrosse struggled against Hilbert College in their second game in two days. After struggling against the Hawks, an experienced 4 year program, in the first half with a score of 12-0, the Barons stepped up in the second half, eventually lossing 20-3.

The Barons were able to stick with Hilbert in the first quarter by limiting Hilbert to three goals and maintaining possession of the ball for a good chunk of time. The Hawks took over in the second quarter however, breaking down the Franciscan defense for another nine goals.

After a rough end to the first half, FUS was able to gather itself and compete with Hilbert for an 8-3 second half.

"We moved some personnel around, and the guys kind of settled down," Head Coach Pete Rosaschi said about the improvements and changes that were made in the second half.

About five minutes into the third quarter freshman midfielder Daniel Fay scored Franciscan's first goal. Then midfielder Sebastin Olsen, one of the Barons' leading scorers, added another goal with five minutes left in the third quarter. Sophomore midfielder and Franciscan's leading scorer Sean Wayne added to the Baron's total with the first goal of the fourth quarter.

This past week has created a number of challenges for the Barons with multiple guys being out due to injuries, which hurts an already limited roster.

"We had a lot of guys injured, and I had to make a decision to take it easy this week," Rosaschi said about the issue of injured players and how it has affected their week of practice leading up to the past two games.

Rosaschi said that the lighter practices may have caused the team to be less prepared than they usually would be and added that the team will resort back to its usual practice tempo during the upcoming week.

"Despite these injuries," Rosaschi said. "We have to bring the intensity back to the practices."

After a weekend of games against two experienced lacrosse programs, Medaille and Hilbert, the Barons have certainly gained valuable experience. The team also grew closer together after a special ceremony that took place in between the two games.

The jersey ceremony, a tradition started by the Sports Leader program, saw the fathers of each team member express to their sons how proud they were of them and presented them with their jersey.

"The guys saw their dads and each other in a vulnerable light," Rosaschi said. "It was a great team building exercise, and we were able to come together."

The Barons will rest over Easter weekend and prepare for Mount Union at home on Wednesday, April 3 at 4 p.m.

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