BETHANY, Pa. – After holding their own in the first half Franciscan University men's lacrosse team fell to Capital University 20-8. The Barons played strong offensively and it showed, resulting in one of their highest scoring games of the season, led by freshman midfielder/attackman Joseph Francis who had the first two goals of his career.
"We were competitive today," head coach Pete Rosaschi said. "There were some moments where if we cut down on the mistakes we could play with these guys. We just had too many mental mistakes and had way too many penalties which put too much stress on the defense."
The Barons worked the ball around well as a team and took the lead in the first half but Capital soon caught up. The Crusaders took advantage of a three minute non releasable penalty, to jack up the score and pull away from the Barons. Despite about six minutes of bad play throughout the game Rosaschi said his team stuck with their opponent and played well.
"I think today was our strongest game offensively even though we let in more goals than we wanted," Rosaschi said. "We just did a really good job on settling and working it. We just need a couple more games to really refine what we're doing."
Offensively the highlight of the game was the two goals from Francis who scored the first two goals of his career and gave FUS a new offensive threat. Francis is one of thirteen players on the roster who have never played lacrosse before the season started.
"Joe Francis is new to the game and it was awesome to see him score," Rosaschi said. "Guys like him are coming out, they're learning the game and getting out there, that's the most important thing."
The Barons ended down by twelve but Rosaschi said the he was proud of their play and their ability to run with a much faster and more experienced opponent.
"The thing is with our team we're not a run-and-gun team and when they pick up the pace on us we don't settle like we should," Rosaschi said. "Other than that it was great being able to run with them today and it gave us a lot of confidence and we hope to improve from here."
The Barons head out on the road to face Thiel College on April 1, starting at 5 p.m.