HIRAM, Ohio – In a snow-shortened mid-week contest, the Franciscan men's lacrosse team fell to Hiram, 19-8, Wednesday evening.
The Barons fell to 0-2 on the year while Hiram improved to 2-1 for the season.
Senior captain Mike Rosaschi got the scoring started with a pair of goals in the first five minutes of the game, his first off a pass from fellow captain Jonas McCaig and second from sophomore Jonathan Lee. Evan Pinney kicked off a three-goal run for the Terriers to give Hiram a 3-2 lead. Sophomore TM Thomas tied the game at 3-3 with 4:49 to play in the first. After a Hiram goal with 1:25 to play, junior Dan McCartney tied the game for the Barons with just 24 seconds left as he got a quick pass from Joe Bartholomaus and hit a quick shot in the top of the cage to tie the game, 4-4, with 24 seconds left In the quarter. Hiram won the final faceoff of the quarter and went quickly to the cage for the final goal of the quarter and the 5-4 lead.
The Terriers used a 9-0 second quarter to take a 14-4 lead going into halftime.
McCaig won the opening faceoff of the third quarter and set up the Baron offense. Franciscan was able to move the ball well before a stall warning was put on for the Barons. Lee wasted little time in the stall and posted his first goal of the game 2:14 into the quarter. Hiram answered just under two minutes later, but Lee kicked off a three-goal run for the Barons to trim the deficit down to 15-8. Lee's second goal of the game came off a perfect pass from McCartney before McCartney picked up a ground ball and finished the fast break with his second goal of the game. McCaig put the finishing touches on the run with his first goal off a pass from Thomas with 6:11 to play in the third.
Hiram closed out the third with two quick goals to take the lead, 17-8.
With the snowfall resembling a snow globe, the Terriers took advantage of the slick conditions and were able to sneak two more goals behind freshman goalie Grant McKeown. With 10:42 to play and conditions becoming unsafe, the refs called the game and Hiram talked away with the 19-8 victory.
Rosaschi, McCartney, and Lee each finished with a pair of goals while McCaig dished out a pair of assists o go with his goal. McCaig also had six of the Barons 10 faceoff wins while Luke Lyons won the other four.
McKeown made nine saves in his first start in goal for the Barons.
Following the game, head coach Peter Rosaschi was encouraged by some of what he saw. "We had moments of really excellent, smart lacrosse today," remarked Coach Rosaschi. "Compared to how we played on this past Saturday, we did some things really well.
We played a great, really just beautiful, third quarter and opened the game with good lacrosse," continued Coach Rosaschi. "We just have to keep building on that."
The Barons will travel to Grove City on Saturday to take on the Wolverines for a 1:00 pm game.