TIFFIN, Ohio – The Franciscan men's lacrosse team fell to Heidelberg, 25-12, in the opening game of the 2018 season Saturday afternoon.
The Barons fall to 0-1 on the young season while Heidelberg improved to 2-0 on the year.
Senior Jonas McCaig entered the game with 133 career points, just two shy of the FUS' career record of 135th, held by now assistant coach Paul Modzelewski. With McCaig's first assist of the game and third point, the Painted Post, NY native became Franciscan's all-time point leader with 136. McCaig finished the game with three goals and three assists to push his point total to 139.
Heidelberg opened the contest with a goal 1:26 into action as Matt Wernerspach scored off a pass from Brock Hodson to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Shortly after the opening goal, Heidelberg found itself on its first extra-man opportunity of the game, but the Baron defense forced a turnover after a shot went high and successfully cleared the ball for their first offensive possession of the game. After senior captain Mike Rosaschi's shot was saved by the Heidelberg goalie, junior Dan McCartney picked up the ground ball to keep the Barons on offense. Sophomore TM Thomas dished out his first assist of the season as he got the ball to freshman Joe Bartholomaus for the game-tying goal with 11:18 to play in the first quarter.
Heidelberg used a three-goal run over the next five minutes to push its lead to 4-1 with 6:02 to play. McCaig won the ensuing faceoff after the fourth Heidelberg goal and picked up the ground ball to get Franciscan on offense. Thomas' shot went wide but the Barons were able to maintain possession and McCaig scored his first goal of the game to cut the lead down to 4-2 with 4:56 to play. After another Heidelberg goal, McCartney scored his first of the season off Thomas' second assist of the game with 1:14 to play in the first. The Baron defense was able to hold Heidelberg at bay in the final minute of the quarter as Heidelberg carried the 5-3 lead into the second quarter.
Heidelberg rode a 4-2 run over the first five minutes of the period to push its lead to 9-5 but McCaig's second goal of the game cut the lead down to 9-6. With the goal, McCaig tallied his 135th point of his career and tied the program's record. Rosaschi's followed with his second goal of the game to cut the lead back down to two, 9-7, with 8:30 to play. McCaig assisted on Rosaschi's goal to give him his third point of the game and set the program's record with 136 in his career.
Heidelberg closed out the quarter with a 9-0 run over the 8:30 to take an 18-7 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the break, Heidelberg scored a quick goal but was answered by Rosaschi's third of the game with 12:25 to play. After a nine-minute drought in goals for both sides, Heidelberg ended the scoreless run with a goal with 3:48 to play to push its lead to 20-8 and closed out the third quarter with a 21-8 lead.
On an extra-man opportunity to open the fourth quarter, the Barons took advantage as McCartney scored his second goal of the game with 23 left in the EMO. Franciscan scored on back-to-back offensives opportunities to cut the deficit back down to 10, 21-11, with 12:41 to play. Heidelberg called a timeout and won the faceoff coming out of the short break. Franciscan forced a turnover and took over on offense. The Barons used another EMO to score its fourth man-up goal of the game with 12:12 to play as McCaig scored off of an assist from McCartney.
Heidelberg scored four-straight goals to seal the 25-12 win.
As a team, Franciscan was 15-19 on clears and 4-of-7 on extra-man opportunities.
"It was our first game of the season and with practically an entirely new defense, we have a lot to work on before Wednesday," remarked Coach Peter Rosaschi following the game. "Our new guys did a lot of good things today, we just faced a tough, aggressive team today."
The Barons look to rebound for their first win as they travel to Hiram on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm contest against the Terriers.