STEUBENVILLE – Eight different Barons scored as the Franciscan men's lacrosse team snapped a two-game losing skid with an impressive 27-9 win over La Roche, Wednesday afternoon.
After a 3-3 first quarter, the game looked to be a back and forth battle as neither team could put together a run in the opening 15 minutes. The tides quickly changed, however, as Franciscan raced out of the second with a 3-0 run to give the Barons a 6-3 lead. Sophomore Dan McCartney scored the first goal of the run before juniors Jonas McCaig and Mike Rosaschi went back-to-back within one minute of each other.
After a La Roche goal from Shayne Rhodes, the Barons went on a five-goal tear, including a pair of man-up goals from Rosaschi and McCartney. McCaig kicked off the run with a goal off an assist from Rosaschi at 10:18 and McCaig scored a pair of goals at the end with 5:45 to play. Alex Riegel broke up the impressive second quarter with La Roche's second goal of the period before Rosaschi scored a pair of goals to push the Baron lead to 13-5. Senior Paul Modzelewski took a pass from classmate Austin Morga to notch his first goal of the game before helping his little brother, Luke Modzelewski's first career goal to end the half with the Barons in the lead, 15-5.
It was all the Barons in the third quarter as McCartney, McCaig and Paul Modzelewski all scored back-to-back goals before McCartney capped FUS' 6-0 run to open the third with his third of the quarter. Brad Labovik scored the period's final goal as Franciscan led 22-6 with 15 minutes to play.
Franciscan goals once again came in bunches as Franciscan scored four-straight to open the final quarter. Senior Spenser Hilton scored the quarter's first goal and his second of the season before freshman Jonathan Lee scored his first goal of his career. Rosaschi and Paul Modzelewski scored another goal each before La Roche went on a quick 3-0 run to cut the score to 26-9 in favor of the Barons. McCartney put the finishing touches on the 27-9 win with his sixth goal of the game with 1:31 left on the clock.
McCaig led the Barons with eight goals and four assists while Rosaschi had a career-best six goals and two assists and McCartney had a career-best six goals and one assist. Paul Modzelewski finished the day with four goals and three assists while Lee, Luke Modzelewski, and Hilton each scored a goal as well. Morga handed out an assist for the Barons.
"It was a complete team win for us today," said head coach Pete Rosaschi. "It was great to see John Lee and Luke Modzelewski get their first goals of the season and Spenser his second."
Freshman Matt Marrenna earned his sixth save in net for the Barons after needing just six saves.
The Barons won the ground ball battle 56-40 and was 20-for-26 on clears. Franciscan held the advantages in turnovers as La Roche posted 31 to the Barons' 19. Franciscan caused an impressive 23 of the Redhawks 31 turnovers.
"Our midfield game was strong and we executed well on defense. I am very proud of our team coming together and staying focused after our Easter Break," complimented coach Rosaschi.
Franciscan continues its three-game homestand to finish the regular season as the Barons host Mount Saint Joseph on Saturday. Game time is set for 3 pm.