BETHANY, W.Va. – The Franciscan men's lacrosse set the program's single-game point and assist records in route to a decisive 26-8 win over Earlham, Monday afternoon.
The Barons registered an assist on 19 of their 26 goals, smashing the previous single-game assist record (13) and setting the new single-game point mark at 45. The Barons were just four goals shy of their single-game goal record. Aiding in the assist total was sophomore TM Thomas with eight assists to set the individual single-game assist record. The mark was previously held by assistant coach Paul Modzelewski with six assists.
"I am extremely proud of our unselfish play today," remarked head coach Pete Rosaschi. "We moved the ball well today and the assist total reflects that. I am very happy with how they played."
On the defensive side, the Barons were just three caused turnovers from the single-game record while freshman Jerome Harkins led the way with seven, setting the individual single-game record.
Senior Jonas McCaig got things started for the Barons as he scored the first goal of the game off a quick pass from Thomas after a successful clear for the Barons with 12:41 to play in the first. Earlham quickly answered on its next possession to tie it at 1-1. The tie wouldn't last long, however, McCaig won the next faceoff and quickly dished the ball off to senior Mike Rosaschi for his seventh goal of the season and the 2-1 lead for Franciscan. Rosaschi's goal kicked off a three-goal run for the Barons to give Franciscan a 4-1 lead with 8:51 to play.
Earlham halted the run with a goal from Daniel O'Donnell with 7:39 to play, but that would prove to be the last Earlham goal of the first half. Sophomore Luke Lyons won the next faceoff for the Barons and McCaig picked up the ground ball to quickly set up the Baron offense. Junior Dan McCartney got the ball and fired a rocket into the net to give Franciscan a 5-2 lead. Freshman Joe Bartholomaus scored back-to-back goals, each assisted by Thomas and the first with the Barons man-up, to push the Franciscan lead to 7-2 with 3:45 left in the first. Thomas closed out the first quarter with his fifth goal of the season with 1:14 to play to give Franciscan an 8-2 lead.
The Barons went off for seven goals in the second quarter, including two from McCartney, two from McCaig and one each from Bartholomaus, Thomas, and Rosaschi. Thomas assisted on four of the seven goals in the 15-minute period. The Franciscan defense held Earlham scoreless for the quarter as Franciscan carried a 15-2 lead into halftime.
Earlham scored the first goal of the third quarter to cut the lead down to 15-3 but on their fourth man-up opportunity of the game, the Barons pushed the lead back to 16-3 thanks to sophomore Jonathan Lee's first goal of the game at 10:07. Nori Kasai won the next faceoff for Earlham and quickly handed the ball off to Chancey Cothren who immediately scored with 10:07 to play. The Barons then went on a three-goal run, including a pair of man-up goals to push their lead to 19-4 with 4:47 to play. After another Cothren goal for Earlham, Franciscan closed out the quarter with a goal from Lee and McCartney to take the 21-5 lead going into the final quarter.
For the first time in the game, Earlham scored back-to-back goals as O'Donnell and Kasai each scored to open the fourth quarter and trim the FUS lead to 21-7. Lyons scored his first collegiate goal 7:12 to play as he took a pass from McCaig from behind the goal and scored on a tough angle to push the Baron lead back to 22-7. McCartney and Rosaschi went back-to-back with unassisted goals before Cothren scored the final Earlham goal of the game with 4:08 to play. Rosaschi pushed the Baron lead to 25-8 with a goal from McCaig and McCartney put the final touches on the scoring with a goal in the top left corner of the net.
McCartney finished the day with seven goals while Thomas had a pair of goals and eight assists. McCaig posted four goals and five assists while Rosaschi finished the day with five goals and four assists.
Freshman Grant McKeown earned his first win in the cage for the Barons as he finished the day with 13 saves on 21 shots faced.
The Barons were 5-of-6 on man-up opportunites, and the five extra-man goals is a single-game record for FUS.
"It was a really great team win today and it felt good to get this win under our belts," said Coach Rosaschi.
The Barons host Medaille on Saturday for a 1pm contest.