WASHINGTON, Pa. – After a close first quarter separated by only two points, a lack of discipline cost the young Baron lacrosse team. Unable to hold off their veteran opponent's aggressive offense they lost their fifth game of the season to Washington & Jefferson College, 19-4
Franciscan started off the first quarter going down 2-0 within the first five minutes of the game. They fought back to even the score with two goals off W&J turnovers. At the end of the period the President's took the lead with two goals nearly back to back.
"We started off well and were nice and settled," head coach Pete Rosaschi said. "Then the wheels came off in the second half and we got undisciplined on the offensive end. Our offense didn't give our defense a break and they got pummeled."
A lack of discipline cost the Barons in the second and third quarter, letting the President's go on an 11-0 run during those 30 minutes.
"We have to play a very disciplined game of lacrosse. That is our brand to be successful and we lost our discipline," Rosaschi said. "We kept urging them to settle down and just play their game and we played loose in the fourth quarter and when we do that we play well."
The rediscovered composure in the fourth quarter let to two more FUS goals, including the second of the game for freshman midfielder Paul Modzelewski. Modzelewski's two goals were just his second and third on the season and showed his offensive abilities after totally double-digit ground balls in a more defensive role the last two games.
"I'm proud of our guys how they kept pushing and did not quit," Rosaschi said commenting on their back half of play. "Coach Hoover and I are very proud of how these guys fought through the entire game, even when the outcome was decided way before the end of the game."
The highlight of the game, however, was freshman goalie Jonah Soucy, who followed up a good showing against Hiram the previous Saturday with a twenty save performance. The freshman's save total is now about 80 after five games.
"Jonah had another very very good game," Rosaschi said. "He saw the ball very well and a majority of their goals were scored inside, many within 5-6 yards of the goal."
Franciscan will host their next game against Alma College at Bethany College on March 14, starting at 5 p.m.