UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio – The Franciscan University men's lacrosse team faced its toughest opponent yet falling to John Carroll University 24-3. Once again, Baron Luke Gilman led the team offensively with two of their three goals on the night.
Establishing their dominance early in the first quarter, JCU took control of the game testing the Barons defense with a constant stream of shots. Franciscan fell to an eight goal deficit in the first quarter and more pressure fell on the shoulders of the defense with their offensive leader Ryan Zbikowski out with a knee injury.
The Barons struggled defensively giving up twelve penalties resulting in almost a quarters worth of extra-man offense for John Carroll. Despite holding them 2-12 on the man up opportunities the extra effort it took to hold them back cost them on their regular defensive formation.
"This is a very well coached team and well-disciplined team," head coach Pete Rosaschi said. "Our guys did a great job against them today. I think we need to get more disciplined, and watch our penalties. It's just learning the basic knowledge of a game, and being on the field is the best way to learn."
The Barons made it onto the board with two goals in the second quarter, with Zbikowski out with an injury Gilman became the offensive leader the Barons needed.
"He continues to be a diligent, hardworking attack-man for us," Rosaschi said. "We rely on him for creating our offense."
Despite strong leadership on the offense it was not enough against to close the deficit and the Barons scored only one more goal in the second half. They finished the game down 24-3, but looking at the positives they look to what they can take away from the game.
"I knew how good this team was, and it shows how well our guys can play this game," Rosaschi said. "If we stop our mental mistakes we can run with teams like this. I'm very proud of our guys hung with this team, and we look forward to facing them again."
The Barons will play their next home game at Bethany College against Capital University on March 29, starting at 3 p.m.